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The New Year rolls around, and with that brings thoughts of change.  Not necessarily major overhauls, but maybe doing things a little differently, a little better; taking a closer look at some of your old habits and routines, and just seeing if you can put a new spin on them.  Take your skincare routine, for instance.  You may be doing everything right, but it never hurts to take the time and look at how you might add a few finishing touches and techniques that will bring the extra wow factor. Here are a few tips that might help you bring a little more sparkle into your skin in the New Year.

 

Cleansing

Luke- warm water is a better cleansing alternative to hot water, as hot water tends to be drying Try not to use a lot of water with your cleanser; water will just dilute the cleansing power and make the active ingredients weaker and less effective.  For best results, use a makeup remover, or just water, to get most of your makeup off.  When the water begins to run clear, squeeze a nickel-sized portion of cleanser onto your moistened hands, apply it to your face and massage it in for one minute using gentle circular motions.  This will let the cleanser seep in,  giving the active ingredients time to penetrate.

It is also a good idea to use active cleanser at night to prepare skin for pm skincare and a gentler cleanser during the day to leave your acid mantle in the best condition to protect your skin against the environmental elements.

 

Toning

Cotton pads or gauze are better than cotton balls when it comes to applying toner. Pads remove dirt, oil, and dead skin, leaving your skin better prepared to reap the benefits of your serum.

 

Applying Serum

Believe it or not, there is a correct way to use your serums.  Antioxidant serums should be applied in the morning to give your skin all-day protection from the elements.  Use peptide -rich and exfoliating serums at night for nourishment and renewal. Also, apply serums in order of consistency, from thinnest to thickest. Thicker serums will block the thinner ones from penetrating the skin and should be applied last.

 

Moisturizers

Moisturizers should be applied using upward motions to help fight the gravitational effects.  It is also a good idea to let the lotion sit on your skin for a few minutes before you apply your makeup, to allow it to sink in. Also, make sure you are using a moisturizer that contains SPF for maximum skin protection.

 

Skin Consultation

Some spas and beauty boutiques offer skin consultations as a complimentary service, one which you may want to take advantage of.  These services usually consist of a 15-minute meeting during which a specialist examines your skin using a magnifying lamp and then gives you expert advice about the products you should be using. That way, you won't spend money and time on trial and error.

 

How do you touch up your skin routine? Share your skin secrets with us. We love to hear how you keep yourself looking so great.