Trends come and go, and what’s considered “in-style” is constantly fluctuating. However, one thing that’s always in style is healthy skin. Of course, the trendy methods of getting or maintaining that healthy skin can vary from year to year, depending on what the newest studies unveil or what everyone is obsessed with smearing on their pores (PSA—right now it’s coconut oil and charcoal).
So, what’s the latest in skin care for 2017? We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know to get you glowing and beautiful.
1. Listen to Your Skin
There’s no one size fits all solution to skin care. If you’re feeling dry and itchy, your skin is asking for some moisture. If it’s oily, it’s asking for cleansing. If it’s breaking out, it’s telling you you’re doing something wrong—listen carefully!
Not all skin types are the same. You’ll want the products you purchase for your routine to reflect what’s going on in your pores and on your face. If you see a product that claims it works with all types, then you likely want to stay clear. While it may not make any existing problems worse, it likely won’t help you enhance your skin as well as another product could. This is simply because the ingredients and formula won’t be specifically intended to benefit you.
Depending on the type of skin you have and any problems you may be wanting to fix, choose products that you believe are the best for your unique body. It usually says right on the packaging the type of skin the product is designed for and the problems it is intended to help with.
2. Judge by Ingredients, Not Branding
Don’t let the fancy packaging of products fool you—even the most harmful solutions and formulas market their product to be the healthiest option for your issues. It’s not what’s on the front of the product that matters—it’s what’s on the back. Turn the bottle around and take a look at what’s in it. If you’re seeing a lot of scary sounding words, then you’d be right to be cautious.
Skin care products often list the “active ingredient” in their formulas. This tends to be the ingredient that helps to make the product most effective. If there are a lot of words you don’t understand in addition to the active ingredient(s), you may want to spend a few minutes researching them online to see what they are—or just take a look at other products in the skin care aisle until you find an option that has ingredients you know and trust.
3. Watch What You Eat
Your diet has more of an impact on the health of your skin than you might realize. Particularly if you are experiencing breakouts or an excessively oily feeling, greasy foods may be a factor. That doesn’t mean that you can never eat these foods, but you should indulge in them in moderation if you are experiencing skin problems—and you should especially avoid them in the middle of a particularly bad breakout. Check out some of the best foods to eat for your skin health here.
4. Try a Face Mask
Your face is exposed to so much on a daily basis, and after a long day, there’s often nothing more comforting than a warm bubble bath and soothing face mask. Just like other skin care products, the face mask you choose should depend on your skin type, but with face masks soaring in popularity lately, there’s no shortage of places you can buy these gems.
They come in sheet masks, peel masks, mud masks, and more! Read the packaging or ask a sales associate to help you discover which one is best for you. Indulging in your skin care routine and pampering yourself will show not only on your face but in both your mental and physical health.
5. Wash Off Makeup Daily
Ladies, we’re all guilty of coming home late and simply falling into our beds without washing off the day’s makeup—and our skin hates us for it! Once in a while isn’t the end of the world, but you should make every possible effort to wash your face before bed, particularly if you are wearing makeup. Even if you end up crashing at a friend’s place or somewhere other than where your usual cleanser is stored, make do with simple soap and water for one night—it’s certainly better than letting your skin soak in all that makeup.
6. Watch Out for Allergies
If you are experiencing problems with your skin that don’t seem to go away with the help of products, then you may want to consider the fact that your skin might not like something you’re putting on your face. Try eliminating or replacing certain aspects of your makeup, one product at a time, to find the culprit that may be irritating your skin. You could even be experiencing issues from a cleaning product you’re using.
From breakouts to redness and more, if your skin doesn’t like something that you’re regularly applying to it, it will tell you. But through a process of trial and error, you can find the product(s) that are irritating it and find a replacement. Using a product with all natural or organic ingredients tends to be gentler on your skin and may reduce these effects.
7. Get Some Sun—But Not Too Much!
Sun is good for your skin—but too much of those UV rays can cause those wrinkles, lines, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. If you’re going outdoors, it’s a good idea to always wear sunscreen to keep yourself protected.
Looking for a way to protect yourself from the sun daily? Consider trying a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This is a great way to keep your face shielded from the sun’s dangerous and harmful rays while also evening out your skin tone and concealing any redness or blemishes. By adding a tinted moisturizer with SPF to your daily routine, it doubles as both a healthy way to protect your face and a type of makeup—two birds, one stone!
8. Develop a Consistent Face Care Routine
Your skin likes routine. If you are new to skin care or haven’t found the products yet that most agree with your preferences, then, by all means, keep switching it up until you find something you like—however, once you find the products that work for you, stick with them and use them regularly. Use the same cleanser every day and the same moisturizers, etc. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a mud mask you’ve never tried here and there—after all, self-love is essential—but overall, you don’t want to keep your skin in suspense.
9. Don’t Overdo it with Exfoliating
In the past, skin care tips have sung the praises of exfoliating, but as it turns out, new studies are telling us to scale back a bit. In order to respect the pH of your skin and its healthy bacteria, it’s wise to be careful and not to overdo it.
Physical exfoliators, such as loofahs and gritty scrubs like salt or sugar scrubs—or some of the especially fancy scrubs containing ingredients like coffee or even 24 karat gold—actually remove your skin’s good bacteria and throw off its natural, healthy pH. This can trigger flare ups of conditions like rosacea or eczema and boost enzymes that destroy collagen, resulting in wrinkles and sagging over time.
Experts recommend trying peels instead. Most peels are acidic and can, therefore, benefit the skin and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria. Peels with salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acid are great to use on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
10. Don’t Limit Yourself to a Single Product
There’s no rule dictating that it's necessary to use only one product for your entire face. In fact, you probably shouldn’t be. Your cheeks, eye area, lips, and T-zone all may have different needs. Try using anti-redness products only on the bridge of your nose, on your cheeks, and on your chin to soothe those areas that are prone to flushing.
In addition, you can use thick creams around your delicate eye area and on the lips, while using products containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid on your T-zone to help minimize your breakouts. Just be careful not to slather one product over your whole face—listen to what your skin is telling you, and respond appropriately.
Science is always advancing and new discoveries are always being uncovered regarding what is best to keep your face looking healthy, glowing, and youthful. Here, we’ve gone over the latest advancements in skin care, offering pro tips for your daily regimen.
By applying our suggestions to your regular routine, you should find that you are giving your skin the best care possible. Get started finding the best products for your unique skin today and see what a difference it can make in how your face looks and feels!