So we’re nearly through the 2nd month of the year (it’s gone by so fast already!) but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about life is that you don’t need to wait until January 1st to start making changes.
Because let’s be real- how many of you have kept up with those resolutions? Like I talked about here, this year I’m all about intentions. One of my intentions was about having a healthy relationship with my body.
It’s so much easier said than done, but I’ve been really trying to prioritize what goes into my body and onto my skin. So with that said, the CINCteam and I gathered the 10 skin habits you should adopt this year!
1. Be Mindful of How You Wash Your Face
At this point, you’re probably on auto-pilot when you wash your face- am I right? But tonight when you wash your face- notice how your hands move! You probably wash down, pushing the product or water downwards on your face! But STOP! Think about it this way- gravity pulls down, which is how wrinkles are created! Try washing up, using upwards motions. It might take a while to get used to- but you’ll thank me later!
2. Exfoliate All Over
You’re supposed to exfoliate your face once to twice a week- but are you showing the same love to the rest of your body? Gently using a body scrub like this one or this one can dramatically change the texture of your skin and can really help reveal some gorgeous skin! One tip I’ve picked up from the girls on the CINCteam is to always exfoliate before you shave your legs. This helps get rid of all of that dead skin that’s built up around your hair follicles and give you a great shave!
3. Dry Brush
I’ve been dry brushing off and on for a couple of years now (remember this post here?) and I think it’s a great habit to get into. As with anything, do your research to make sure it’s right for you. Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate, improve circulation and helps improve the appearance of cellulite!
4. Add Hyaluronic Acid for Moisture
Believe it or not, Hyaluronic Acid, aka HA is something you already have in your body! Yep, it’s already in your skin and connective tissues throughout your body to keep everything nice and lubricated. So why should you add it to your skincare routine? Well, HA is really good at retaining moisture. Like really really good. As you age, your skin loses its natural ability to retain moisture- so adding HA serums (like this one or this one) to your routine is a great way to make sure you get all that goodness to your skin.
6. Invest in a Good Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate layer on your face. That means it wrinkles faster, and shows the first signs of fatigue more so than the rest of your face (can you say puffy eye-bags and dark circles?) So that means your eyes deserve extra special care. A good eye cream can go a LONG way. I’m loving this one and this one right now! Even if you don’t see wrinkles now, eye creams are the best way to prevent wrinkles and crows feet from developing. If you’re in your teens/20’s, I recommend an anti-aging eye cream like this one.
7. Add a Retinol for Nighttime
If you’re new to retinol, it probably sounds scary, but I promise it’s not. According to the interview I did with skincare queen Kate Somerville, “There are so many benefits to Retinol: it stimulates collagen, removes environmental damage, aids in wrinkle reduction, helps with breakouts, reduces scarring, minimizes pore size, helps skin texture, helps to remove brown spots… it does all of it! Retinol can be drying and irritating, so look for time-released, gentle formulas.” (To read the full interview about anti-aging in your 20s vs 30s, click here!) If you want to add retinol to your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one or this one!
8. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen!
You should be wearing sunscreen every single day. Sunny out? Sunscreen. Overcast? Still sunscreen. Rainy? Sun. Screen. If you haven’t adopted this habit yet, especially as the season for sun-worshipping is upon us- start now! This one here is great because it sets your makeup AND gives you SPF! And we all know how much I love a good double-duty beauty product!
9. Use Something with Vitamin C
Taking vitamins is important, but so is using beauty products with vitamins! I’ve been really loving these two Vitamin C serums here and here. Vitamin C helps visibly brighten your skin, reduce dark spots and overall improve the texture of your skin!
10. Try a Collagen Powder
Are you guys using a collagen powder yet? Collagen by definition is ‘the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues.’ Basically, it gives structure to your hair, nails, bones, ligaments, and tendons. So incorporating more collagen into your daily diet means healthy joints, strong nails and hair, and glowing skin! What’s not to love? Just add some to your morning coffee.
It takes 21 days to make or break a habit- so start TODAY. Do you guys have any skin habit that you’ve adopted and loved? Let me know in the comments below!
Photography by Karla Ticas