Prediction: 2023 is going to be a great year for beauty. We’ve already come a long way and have an exciting future ahead in terms of diversity and inclusion. But on a day-to-day basis, you can give yourself a whole lot to look forward to just by making a few simple tweaks or additions to your skincare routine. Although every year there are new ingredient technologies and advancements in beauty, there are always tried-and-true habits that make a massive difference in how your skin looks and feels. Read on for more glow in the year ahead!
1. MOISTURISE EVERY DAY. EXFOLIATE EVERY WEEK.
Why is moisturising so important even if you have oily skin or breakouts? Skipping the moisturiser can actually make breakouts worse since dry skin “signals” to your oil glands to produce more oil, which may cause more congestion. If pimples or shininess are an issue for you, consider an oil-free moisturiser. We recommend the CLEAR CELL Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin, which restores moisture, protects and nourishes without greasiness, leaving skin looking smooth and matte.
Moisturising every single day is also important for keeping wrinkles at bay, making existing wrinkles look less noticeable and helping to soothe skin that has been aggravated by powerful treatments like retinoids and other potent ingredients.
While moisturising is a lot more commonplace, exfoliating, too, is common sense! This coming year, vow to slough off the surface skin cells that cause a lackluster complexion by either chemical or physical exfoliation. You will see a world of difference—promise.
2. WEAR BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN, RAIN OR SHINE.
Sun protection is essentially the first step in ensuring your skin stays youthful and healthy. Sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and premature skin aging when used as directed along with other measures like wearing sunglasses, staying in the shade during peak daylight hours and wearing long sleeves.
This is why it’s absolutely imperative to make it a habit to wear sunscreen every single day, rain or shine. You might think cloudy weather warrants forgoing sunscreen, but sunlight penetrates clouds, and though it may not be as strong as on a sunny day, it can still do damage. If you’re indoors, sunlight can still penetrate through windows or off reflective surfaces. UVA rays (the kind that cause premature skin aging) penetrate through windows while UVB (the kind that cause a sunburn) do not, which is why you may think you’re safe since you’re not getting burned. The truth, however, is that you’re far from safe, since damaging UVA rays are still accessing your skin.
Use PREVENTION+ daily hydrating moisturizer for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that is sheer, lightweight and absorbs readily into skin. Remember to reapply every two hours.
Always make sure that sunscreen is the final step of your skincare routine.
3. GUARANTEE YOUR SKIN SOME VITAMINS A & C.
Vitamins A & C are both rockstar ingredients! In fact, if you ask a group of dermatologists, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one who doesn’t urge you to slather one or the other (or both!) on your skin to keep your face looking luminous, clear, and as youthfully vibrant as ever.
By Vitamin A, we mean retinol. Amazing for both aging and clarifying purposes, retinol works by speeding up the turnover of skin cells so that the dulling dead layer is removed, while fresh, healthy cells rise up. In essence, this ingredient helps your skin mimic its younger self (minus the teen acne). Firmness and smoothness are two of the most noticeable results!
Vitamin C has been shown in studies to be able to boost collagen production in the skin in addition to helping reduce hyperpigmentation and acting as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are an important tool in fighting free radical damage, which contributes to collagen degradation and accelerates the aging process. Moreover, by boosting collagen production vitamin C helps skin look firm and supple and less likely to develop typical visible signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging.
The VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum is a great choice as a vitamin C serum that you can use every day. It will also help tired, dull skin regain some luster and luminosity.
3. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO EYES
A lifetime of squinting does no favors to the eye area. That’s because the skin around your eye area not only produces far less natural oil, but it’s also thinner than the rest of your face, so it’s more likely to develop crow’s feet and fine lines along the under-eye area. Lines around the eyes can age a person faster than wrinkles in other areas like the forehead or along the mouth. So it’s in your best interest to take special care of the eyes, although they can often go neglected. A good eye cream can make all the difference in your skincare arsenal.
The Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel is great for hydration, but also helps calm and reduce puffiness for a more alert look. Regular use will help restore youthfulness in the eye area while also helping to prevent the appearance of more wrinkles by plumping up skin and strengthening it overall. Want to take it up a notch? Make 2023 the year you start wearing under-eye masks.
Written by Antonella Uribe