I have been fortunate enough to have had good skin without any effort for most of my life. Even during puberty when many of my friends were battling with acne, I had the occasional pimple but that was it.
As I have gotten older I have learnt that shiny and pimple free does not actually equate to having healthy skin. My friend, Pabi always used to give me advise on how I can take better care of my skin, but I never really paid attention as I didn’t feel like I needed it.
Though my skin is still fairly clear, I find that there are some aspects of it that I am not completely satisfied with. So this year, I am making a few changes and reinforcing some of the good habits that I started cultivating last year.
I always thought that I had oily skin when I was younger, but I’ve learnt that I actually have combination skin. Some parts of my face produce a lot of oil while some parts will have dry patches all at the same time. To work on this, I will be moisturising more diligently this year (when was this never an option?) and with the right moisturiser.
I drink a substantial amount of water, but I don’t really monitor just how much I drink. My new journal/daily planner makes provision for me to record just how much water I am drinking. In addition, because my face gets water when I wash it, it only makes sense for me to also try being more diligent when it comes to that. I wash my face (guaranteed) once daily and twice when I am good. Ideally, I need to do it twice a day without negotiating with my laziness.
Have a facial every now and then
Considering how much I like things, it’s quite surprising that I have never had a facial. As in, one done by a beautician at a spa. I occasionally put on the Turmeric Brightening Mask from Corium which I then scrub off with the Citrus Exfoliating Scrub. So going forward, I want to go to a spa (even if it is once every six months) to get a professional facial. A friend recommended a QMS facial – I am yet to find out what it is and what it does.
Introduce a toner and a night cream
My nighttime skincare routine (that’s to say on those evenings where I actually do something) is no different to my morning skincare routine. It makes sense because I am lazy and skincare products can be quite costly, but common sense dictates that because these are different times of the day with different factors, the two should not be the same. The toner will also go a long way in removing the impurities of the day that could lead to clogging.
Take the rest of my body along
The above points all relate to the skin on my face, but the changes I am making need to include the rest of my body as well. In addition to what I already do (washing and moisturising) I will also be exfoliating a lot more. I also want to add an oil to my body lotion to further help lock in the moisture.
I have learnt that when introducing any kind of change, you have to be diligent for it to stick, but you also have to be flexible and open to changing what does not work. I am very hopeful!
How are you taking better care of your skin this year?