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New Year's Skin Care Resolutions For 2020

January 14, 2020

New Year's Skin Care Resolutions For 2020

It’s all too easy to fall into the same old habits when it comes to your skin care routine. Thankfully, the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate your beauty regimen. As 2020 begins, it’s time to make this year your best one yet with new skin care resolutions. 

How can you boost your skin routine for 2020? Start by asking yourself if you are really giving your skin the care and attention it needs. What is your daily cleansing routine like? Are you exfoliating on a regular basis? Do your products give your skin the right kind of nourishment and support to keep it healthy over the long term? 

If you haven’t been as kind to your skin as you would like in 2019, now is your time to start. Here are our favorite natural-based New Year’s skin care resolutions to consider in 2020. 

Skin Care Resolution #1: Stop sleeping in your makeup

We’re all guilty of this, especially after a long day. When fatigue sets in, it’s tempting to skip your typical skin care routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and toning. And while one night here and there isn’t going to cause significant damage, sleeping with your makeup on can create a ripple effect of decreased skin health over time. 

Sleeping in your makeup makes it easier for your pores to become clogged, trapping oil and causing acne breakouts. It also directly interferes with your anti-aging routine. 

According to dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger, “Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to.” And free radicals are not something that you want hanging around. They can cause damage to cells and tissues and disrupt the production of collagen, speeding up the aging process by increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Get into a habit of washing off your foundation, powder, mascara, and eyeshadow every night. Not only is it one of the easiest ways to start promoting better skin health, but a thorough nighttime cleansing can make your morning routine much simpler. Using a wet face cloth to remove night oils is a sufficient morning cleansing for most skin types after a deep nighttime cleanse (as long as you do not have active acne). 

Make a commitment to yourself that you will not go to bed until your makeup is completely removed. Over time, you’ll start to see significant improvements in the tone, texture, and quality of your skin as a result.

Our White Tea Cleansing Milk is a gentle cleanser that removes stubborn makeup without  stripping away essential oils or dehydrating your facial skin. Safe for even sensitive skin, this cleanser will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. For an oil-based cleanser, try our Rice & Olives Multi-Tasking Oil. This all-purpose oil is perfect for dry skin, providing rich nourishment while removing eye makeup and cleansing facial skin of dirt and daily pollutants.

Skin Care Resolution #2: Cleanse, and cleanse again

Cleansing is a key part of any skin care routine, but you can take your skin health to a new level by improving your cleansing process. Your new skin routine in 2020 should include two steps. First, use a balm or oil to remove your eye makeup. Opting for balms and oils for makeup removal allows you to get rid of mascara and eyeshadow without stripping your face of essential oils and moisture. 

Once you have removed your eye makeup, cleanse your entire face to remove any dirt or pollutants that may have accumulated throughout the day. Don’t forget to take your skin type into account and use that as a guide when selecting the right cleanser. While double cleansing is a great practice to ensure you always end the day with fresh, clean skin, this process may be harsh on your skin if you don’t properly match your cleanser to your skin type. 

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, choose a gentle cleanser such as our Tea Tree Cleansing Gel for deep cleansing into your pores. For red or sensitive skin, try a soothing formula such as our Aniba Cleanser to restore clarity while dissolving stubborn makeup and dirt. You can also use our Essential Earth Elements Skin Cleanser, a clay-based mix of essential minerals formulated for daily cleansing or as an overnight mask.

Try cleansing your face twice before applying toner and keep an eye out for any changes in your skin health. If your skin is feeling irritated or dry, that may be a sign that you are not matching your cleanser to your skin type properly. 

Skin Care Resolution #3: Exfoliate routinely

Removing dull surface cells to encourage renewal is one of the most effective anti-aging treatments to encourage skin that is smooth, wrinkle-free, and young-looking. There are two ways that you can add routine exfoliation to your new skin care resolutions: mechanical exfoliation (physical scruffing) and chemical exfoliation (active ingredients).

You should be using a microdermabrasion scruffing cleanser to mechanically exfoliate at least once a week, paired with a daily gentle exfoliation with cleansers and toners that include alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). An active ingredient toner should be used twice daily, morning and night. By including both mechanical and chemical exfoliation into your skin care steps, you can maximize the removal of dead skin cells while stimulating new growth, boosting skin health and your anti-aging routine.  

Our Green Tea Scruff Exfoliating Cleanser contains professional-grade micro-crystalline beads for ultimate exfoliation and polishing. Use this mechanical exfoliation formula one to three times weekly to deep-clean pores, smooth rough spots, remove dead skin cells, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and scars. For daily chemical exfoliation, our wide range of tonics are full of skin-healthy active ingredients (such as AHAs), which is why we call them “tonics” instead of toners.

Skin Care Resolution #4: Wash your makeup brushes

Brushes are excellent for an even, effective makeup application—but if you aren’t washing them regularly, you are doing more harm than good. Makeup brushes accumulate dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils. These can clog your pores over time and create breakouts or dull, uneven skin tone. 

Using clean brushes will ensure that your skin is free from excess dirt and oil, promoting good skin health from one day to the next. And because clean bristles will always work better than dirty ones, you’ll also find yourself using less foundation and powder, decreasing the time between replacements.

Wash your makeup brushes with lukewarm water and a little bit of soap or makeup brush cleanser. Massage the tips of the bristles in water to break apart caked-on makeup. Rinse, squeeze out any excess moisture, and pat dry. Lay your brushes flat on a towel to continue drying overnight, and don’t forget to reshape the brush head.

Keep in mind that high-quality brushes will be much easier to clean and maintain, and will last longer. Our Incredible! Brush is a long-time favorite, featuring fine, densely packed bristles, a slightly rounded shape, and a vertical handle for easy application. Our Vegan Synthetic Faux Brushes come in many different shapes and sizes, and feature ultra-soft synthetic hairs for quick drying, easy cleaning, and effortless application. 

Skin Care Resolution #5: Wear SPF every single day

Being out in the sun can regulate sleep schedules, alleviate seasonal depression, and replenish your vitamin D supply. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of adults are in vitamin D deficiency, which is linked to serious health complications such as depression, cancer, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, and even death.

There is no doubt that sunlight is good for your body—but it can wreak havoc on your skin if you aren’t using the proper SPF protection. UV rays can penetrate deep into your skin, causing a multitude of negative side effects, such as: 

  • Premature wrinkles
  • Inflammation (sunburn)
  • Free radical damage
  • Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer

Wear SPF every single day to ensure that your body can get the benefits of vitamin D without compromising skin health. This applies all year round—UV rays can be just as damaging in the middle of winter as in summer.

At Abbey St. Clare, many of our makeup products have been formulated with both beauty and sun protection in mind. Our Mineral Sheer Tint Foundation is one of our best-selling items, featuring broad spectrum SPF20 protection and a lightweight, natural finish. If you prefer a cream-based application, our BB Cream provides even coverage for blemishes and discoloration, hydration, and SPF30 protection.  And while our Mineral Loose Powder foundations are not graded for SPF protection, their high zinc oxide and titanium dioxide levels provide an extra layer of natural sun protection.

Skin Care Resolution #6: Focus on hydration

Hydrating your skin is crucial to any anti-aging skin care routine. Skin is susceptible to moisture loss on a daily basis from cold temperatures, hot water, and even the foods we eat and the clothes that we wear. And as we age, hyaluronic acid production slows down, making it increasingly difficult to retain moisture.

Make 2020 your year to boost your anti-aging skin care regimen by focusing on moisturizing and hydrating your skin. Restore hyaluronic acid with HA products from Abbey St. Clare to boost your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, protecting against the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Putting new skin care resolutions into practice in 2020 can feel overwhelming, especially if you have multiple changes to make to your skin care routine. Start your new routine right by making small changes each week, and you will be well on your way to brighter, younger-looking, and healthier skin in 2020. 

Make this your best year yet with natural-based products from Abbey St. Clare. Our products are thoughtfully designed with the best that science and nature have to offer, keeping your skin both healthy and vibrant from the inside out. 

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