In adolescence, we waged war on our skin with brutal acne treatments and harsh exfoliating scrubs. Now as adults, our skincare habits have grown up a bit, but fine lines, blemishes (still!?), and dryness continue to be more annoying than a
1Cleanse Deeper With Vibration
After cleansing, do you ever wonder if you really washed all of the dirt and grime from your face? Foreo, the maker of silicone vibrating facial brushes, claims to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil from your pores. It also gently exfoliates as the device’s T-Sonic technology pulses 8,000 times a minute. A cleaning this deep should have a monumental impact in reducing pore size and blemish frequency. With it’s gentle, evenly dispersed exfoliation, even the deepest fine lines and wrinkles can find themselves diminished. The Foreo and brushes like it, also allow the user to massage their face, increasing blood flow and cell turn-over.
It may feel a bit silly to parade around the house with a heavy smear of goop on your face, but after that initial 15-20 minutes, you’ll never doubt again. Facial masks come in many different forms and functions, but in general, they are quite indulgent. For large, clogged pores, a detoxifying clay mask of some sort is a solid choice. For super-dry skin, a plumping, hydrating mask works best. Lucky for us, that Glossier offers both types in one pampering set.
3An Ancient Chinese Remedy
For about 1400 years, the Chinese have been using, what resembles, a small stone paint roller to treat a litany of health concerns in the human body. For this reason, we are happy to try it out in our skincare routine. In use on the face, this traditional healing method increases blood flow to the skin and relaxes the muscle underneath. In addition, it massages a product, like a facial oil, deep into the skin to help increase its absorption and effectiveness. The devices claim to properly disperse the face’s lymphatic fluid, which aids in detoxification. You can pick one up from the much-loved beauty brand Herbivore. Check out their chakra-aligning selection of crystals while you’re at it.
4Work on Your Skin From the Inside Out
For all of the wonderful things you can do for the top layers of your skin, there is an equal number of things you can do for it from the inside. For example, drinking twice your body weight in fluid ounces of water daily hydrates your body properly. As a result, you’ll have glowy, plump, less oily, and more elastic skin. A good amount of sleep and a healthy diet also play a large role in skin’s quality and appearance. Beyond this, collagen peptide supplements can be used to strengthen the skin at it’s lowest layers. The increased collagen in the dermis consequently reduces wrinkles and increases hydration!
5Don’t Be Afraid to Peel
Don’t let the terms “peel” or “resurfacing serum” scare you with thoughts of a raw reddened face! Those types of peels are only done in-office under the guidance of a licensed esthetician. We’re talking about a much less frightening treatment of the same name. These products contain gentle, naturally-derived acids that help dissolve and slough off the dry, top-most layers of skin cells. They perform this light chemical exfoliation using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and/or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). However, our favorite resurfacing products contain hyaluronic acid as well. This chemical excels uniquely in retaining water which allows it to impart hydration directly into the skin. An excellent resurfacing serum to try is Farmacy’s
After this walk-through of next-level skincare, both new and old, what are you most excited to try? Before jumping in, verify that the particular product is suitable for your skin type and concerns. If nothing else, be sure to establish a solid routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. From there, you can begin adding the other treatments in slowly, one at a time. Wishing you a lifetime of skincare success!
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