We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions that we haven’t followed through with or kept. But when it comes to our skin, these resolutions should definitely stick around for the long haul. Afterall, we do only have one skin, so we should do our best to take care of it the best we can. Here are 3 skincare habits I’ll be trying to permanently incorporate into my routine this year.
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1. Incorporate A Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Routine
The word “acid” can scare a lot of people off, but in actuality, hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients to use in your skincare routine because HA naturally occurs in our skin already. The only problem is, is that as each year goes by, we lose more and more of it, which means the skin slowly begins to sag and wrinkle. Applying a topical hyaluronic acid helps to remedy that because it replenishes the skin with the moisture we’re lacking, which results in dewy, plump, hydrated, and baby soft skin. HA is definitely a must-have for everybody, no matter what your skin type is.
2. Consume Collagen
Collagen is an essential protein that’s created in our bodies to help us with many vital biological processes such as holding together our bones and muscles and protecting our organs. However, it also plays a huge role in our skin’s health. Collagen promotes skin elasticity, which in turn helps to make the skin look more youthful and healthy. And since collagen production declines as we get older (which leads to the formation of wrinkles and dehydrated skin), consuming collagen helps combat that by replenishing our skin with more hydration and elasticity. I like to personally place a scoop of it in my tea in the evening. It’s definitely not the tastiest thing you can drink, but it’s an important part of my routine that I look forward to because of the benefits.
3. Invest in a High Quality Eye Cream
I used to be in the school of “one moisturizer is enough for me”, but as I reached my mid 20s and did more research, I realized that wasn’t the case. Facial moisturizers are definitely better than nothing at all, but an eye cream alongside a facial moisturizer is what’s really going to help you prevent signs of aging. The skin under the eye is delicate, thin, and doesn’t have many oil glands, so a rich eye cream is necessary for adequate hydration. Eye creams are typically formulated to be thicker than regular creams, so they help to moisturize the area properly. They also contain ingredients that help with puffiness and dark circles — something a regular face moisturizer simply can’t offer for around the eyes.