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Skincare Tips & Trends for the New Year

Emoni Rochelle

Now that the new year has begun, it's a great time to evaluate your skincare routine and see if there are any changes you want to make in 2019. Here, we're going to give you a few tips to kick start your skin care in the new year.

Acne-Fighting Makeup

If you suffer from bumps, blackheads, whiteheads...etc. then it means your pores are clogged and your skin has become suggested. While chemical and physical exfoliation help to combat skin congestion, if you're using pore-clogging products in your daily routine, you'll continue to be plagued with tiny bumps all over the skin.

To help with this, take a look at your makeup products to determine if they contain pore-clogging ingredients. Many brands offer oil-free formulas, although this does not necessarily mean there aren't other ingredients that could potentially clog the skin. Lanolin, polyethylene glycol, isopropyl myristate, isopropyl palmitate, lauric acid, and myristic acid are some common ingredients to watch out for in your makeup that can clog the pores.

The 'dewy' makeup trend has been very popular over the past year, although this type of makeup can be quite heavy on the skin especially if you are oily or acne-prone.

Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid in your makeup which helps to treat and clear the pores. Makeup can and should be multi-tasking. By using the right ingredients, you can both improve and enhance your natural beauty.

Balance the effects of harsh ingredients

Liquid exfoliants, acids and retinol have played a very large role in skincare over the past year. These ingredients are truly necessary if you want to see major changes in your skin. If you suffer from clogged pores, bumps, sun damage, texture and discoloration, then you'll want to incorporate these into your skin care routine. They provide relatively immediate and lasting results.

However, while these ingredients are known for their ability to drastically improve the look of the skin, they can also be harsh on the skin's moisture barrier. Acids work to exfoliate the skin which can also break down the skin's surface and cause damage if used too often.

In order to avoid damaging the skin's moisture barrier, be sure to offset the harshness of these ingredients by using a nourishing moisturizer with ingredients such as niacinamide, squalane, tocopherol (vitamin E) and ceramides, all of which work to smooth and repair the skin. If you notice that your skin is dry, tight, red or irritated then go easy on the exfoliation and be sure to use a sunscreen to protect the skin from further damage.

Avoid artificial colors and synthetic perfumes

Instagram-worthy makeup and skin care has taken over in 2018. There are companies using synthetic colors, dyes and scents which may be great for selfies, but not so good for the skin. Synthetic colors and perfumes can not only clog the pores, but also cause unnecessary irritation without any added benefit.

Not all products with color are equal. Some products contain natural ingredients such as fruits, antioxidants and roots which bring about a natural pigment.

In all, take a look at the ingredients of all of your products, especially those with pigment to see where the color is coming from. Smell your products to detect artificial fragrances and potentially irritating ingredients. If a product smells very strong, it may cause irritation to sensitive skin even if the ingredients are natural.

At-home treatments

In 2018, many companies have sought to make professional skin care services more accessible. While this can be a good thing, you'll want to be careful with what you try at home. Certain services such as micro-needling and other more intricate and potentially damaging services should be left to the professionals.

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