No matter how much we wish for a magic potion that could rid us of our skin concerns overnight... maintaining a consistent skincare routine can actually help us heal our skin and make it naturally healthy and glowing.
We all know about our skin and have curated a skincare routine according to it. But what if we tell you that you can actually make your skincare routine a smart one by considering a few things and changing a few.
Here's how you can boost your skincare routine: a detailed analysis.
Ways to Boost your skincare routine:
Add face masks: Ever since serums got more limelight, people gradually started forgetting about face masks. Face sheets were introduced and continued to get all the attention, but you should also consider applying clay masks, magnetic masks, peel-off masks, etc every once in a while. You can also try your hands on DIY masks. Get creative with the items from your kitchen and garden: add aloe vera, turmeric, fruits, milk, rose petals, etc.
Facial massage: Facial massage boosts oxygen flow and blood circulation in the skin and increases collagen production while working the facial muscles. Believe it or not, you can actually add a few minutes extra in your skincare routine for facial massage. Whenever you apply serum, moisturizer, or facial oil, use upwards and outwards movements with your knuckles to depuff your skin. There are several YouTube tutorials available to learn about facial massage. You can also incorporate beauty tools like jade rollers.
Plant-based diet: Your skin will not only respond to the topical products you apply but also to what you eat. Including fruits, veggies, and eliminating processed, sugary, fatty, oily, and fast food from your diet will maintain your skin's health from within and will promote a natural glow on the outside.
Facial tools: You need not make trips to your dermatologists in order to have a clear and lifted complexion. There are several facial tools worth trying - from derma rollers to gua sha, jade rollers, and microcurrent massagers, the options are plenty.
Beauty with a cause: Conscious/ethical beauty is the need of the hour! Choosing products that are - cruelty-free, eco-friendly, contain fewer chemicals and pesticides, and are vegan is part of conscious beauty. Conscious buying means making healthy choices that are safer for you, the environment, and animals.
Understanding skincare ingredients: It is a possibility that most skincare products are formulated with the same active ingredients. Label check the products before buying to make sure you're not loading up on the same ingredients in different products.
You can simplify your routine by understanding which ingredients to use in which form. For example, Vitamin C works best when used in the form of a potent serum than a cleanser. Whereas, salicylic acid works best when used in the form of an exfoliant than a cleanser.
Also, keep a close eye on the ingredients that aggravate your skin concerns. Always do a patch test on your hand before applying the product directly to your face, this will help you differentiate the ingredients that your skin is sensitive to.
Avoid hormones disrupting ingredients: “An average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies.” We must know what our skin should not consume. There are several hormone-disrupting ingredients that you must avoid: parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, lead, phthalates, and fragrance. Must read the label of the product and make sure they are free from these ingredients.
Commit to your products/routine: Buying and stocking up skincare products, filling your cosmetics cabinet, and not actually using them consistently can prove to be a major setback from the goal of healthy and glowing skin. Must commit to the product(s) you have bought and follow your routine consistently to witness a visible result.
Minimal skincare: 2022 is the year of skinminimalism! Rather than having a 10+ steps skincare routine, look for multi-tasking products that will reduce the need for an elaborate routine. Slova Cosmetics has products that are multi-tasking and can save you a great deal of time, especially when your busy lifestyle gives your skincare window very little time.
Categorize the products: Categorize your products so as not to feel too overwhelmed whenever you open your cosmetics shelf and find a pool of products. Organize the products based on the frequency of usage to boost your skincare routine into a more organized one.
- Daily essentials: Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen are your daily skincare essentials. Invest majorly in these and keep these on the top shelf to mark them as important or a priority.
- Weekly casuals: Exfoliants, face masks, sheet masks facial oils, eye creams, etc, are used once or twice a week. These can go on the middle shelf, to mark their importance as 'weekly use'.
Add ons: Beauty tools are the add ons that are used every once in a while. You can keep these tools on the bottom shelf.