In amongst the juice cleanses, diet overhauls and gruelling exercise regimes, it’s worth remembering your skincare routine can also benefit from a good cleanse.
Not only will they help rebalance your skin, these top tips will also help put good skin habits in place for the rest of 2014:
1. Remember, less is more
When your skin’s misbehaving, the temptation is to throw every product you can at it in the hope that one of them will be that “holy grail” game-changer.
You may think you’re being proactive, but all that chopping and changing is almost guaranteed to make your skin even worse.
If you apply too many products too often, your skin simply can’t keep up, and may breakout, dry-out or develop a red reaction in protest.
Simply find the routine that works for you and stick to it, which leads us to…
2. Streamline your regime
Sticking to a simple cleanse, tone and moisturise regime for a short time allows your skin to recover its natural oil and pH balance.
Make sure you’re using the right products though – match them to your skin type and avoid any harsh ingredients such as alcohol, detergents or irritating acids.
3. Read your ingredients list
The most important step in understanding your sensitive skin, is knowing exactly what you’re putting on to it.
Reading your ingredients list will mean you avoid any of the above, as well as synthetics like parabens, petrochemicals and phthalates that are a no-no if switching to organic products is your new year beauty resolution.
4. Detox your diet
Healthy skin starts from within – so make sure your diet is filled with good skin foods such as oily fish, leafy greens, nuts and lots of water, and try to cut back on refined sugars.
A natural anti-inflammatory alkaline diet is a great place to start, especially if you have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema, acne or psoriasis.
If your skin does flare up or breakout try not to worry too much.
High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol increases skin inflammation and can trigger or worsen conditions such as acne or eczema.
Cortisol can also lead to a decrease in collagen production – leaving skin lacklustre and more prone to fine lines.
Yoga, meditation or even quietly sitting and reading are all great ways to help you wind down and lower stress levels, so try and incorporate them into your daily routine.
Here’s to a healthy, happy, and confident skin this year! If you ever need any specific advice don’t forget you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.