7 Skincare Habits to Start in the New Year

LIFESTYLE  |  December 15, 2016
  • 1. Clean your makeup brushes regularly
    1 / 7 1. Clean your makeup brushes regularly

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    We all know it, but we’re often too lazy to do it on a regular basis. We use our makeup brushes daily, and it comes into direct contact with our skin. While it picks up our makeup, it’ll pick up bacteria and our dead skin cells too. Imagine using that to brush against our face every day, it’ll definitely irritate our skin and cause acne to appear. Make it a habit to wash your brushes fortnightly, or at least when your brushes are no longer soft and there is visible residue on them.

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  • 2. Always double cleanse
    2 / 7 2. Always double cleanse

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    This popular Japanese skincare routine involves two steps: removing your makeup, and then washing your face. By removing your layer of makeup first, the oil and dirt on your face can then be cleaned thoroughly. So add the extra step for healthier skin. (Also read: Get Clean, Healthy Skin in Just 2 Steps!)

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  • 3. Always set aside “me” time
    3 / 7 3. Always set aside “me” time

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    With our busy and hectic lifestyles, it is always important to save some time for ourselves. When you’re too stressed, your skin will be more prone to breakouts and wrinkles. Take the time to enjoy your skincare routine and relax. Jodi Ayre, the corporate trainer of Dermalogica Australia and the international Dermal Institute, encourages taking time off to enjoy your skincare routine thoroughly. “When you take the time, you’re investing in the future of your skin,” she says.

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  • 4. Exfoliate and mask on the same day
    4 / 7 4. Exfoliate and mask on the same day

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    Jodi also shares her most surprising skincare tip: exfoliate and mask on the same day. “When you exfoliate, you’re in the process of removing all the dead skin cells and working to stimulate the skin cells so there’s blood circulating. When you apply a mask immediately after, you’ll be maximising product penetration, which gives you the ultimate results,” says Jodi. (Also read: 9 Skincare Masks That Really, Really Work)

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  • 5. Don’t pick your pimples
    5 / 7 5. Don’t pick your pimples

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    That eye-catching zit right on your nose may be so tempting to squeeze, but don’t do it! “When people try to remove whiteheads or blackheads by themselves, they are unfortunately causing more damage. A professional therapist uses a different technique to go around and under to lift it up. We tend to dig it till we can squeeze it out, so you’re actually pressing that congestion of fluid down into the skin. It’ll continue to build up, and an untreated blackhead could turn into a breakout,” Jodi advises.

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  • 6. Always use sunblock
    6 / 7 6. Always use sunblock

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    You may not see the damaging effects immediately, but UV rays are really harmful to our skin. It may seem cumbersome to apply sunblock before heading out, but your skin will thank you in the long run. Long exposure to the Sun’s rays can cause premature skin ageing, wrinkles and even skin cancer.

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  • 7. Moisturise
    7 / 7 7. Moisturise


    Even if your face is oily, you still need to moisturise! Having oily skin does not mean that your skin is hydrated. Moisturising helps to ensure your skin is protected, and it helps lower your chances of getting acne and wrinkles. It helps to prevent your skin from looking dull as well. If you have oily skin, try going for something lighter and oil-free, rather than a heavy cream.

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