Skincare so often feels like the last priority in beauty; the least exciting; the least glamorous. The never-ending battle against spots or dryness or oiliness or sun spots is never as satisfying as getting your nails done or seeing your hair shimmy down your back. And then there are the countless beauty myths to believe and then to debunk. It’s hard to keep up with all the latest trends in beauty and finding a routine that works for you.
It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? But the importance of prioritising skincare cannot be overlooked. Having clear and bright skin isn’t just about looking good but it does wonders for your confidence too.
Here are 5 simple things to try that have changed my whole beauty routine from afterthought to afterglow.
Life isn’t all that nice to our face. The elements can be harsh to our skin. Too hot and we get too oily. Too cold and our skin dries up. The amount of dust and foreign particles that linger on our faces could make your skin crawl – or rather, break out. So cleansing at the end of every day is so important to keeping your skin fresh and young.
But while you’re at the sink, adding in a pre-cleanse perfectly preps your face for that second-cleanse, leaving you more refreshed than ever. I’ve been using the Dermalogica PreCleanse for years and I’ve found that nothing else can melt away the excess oil, waterproof makeup and other pollutants better. Once you’ve experience the clear skin you achieve with a pre-cleanse, you’ll never feel properly clean again.
2. Collagen Supplements
It’s not just keeping the outside fresh and clean, it’s what you’re doing on the inside that matters – and I’m not just talking about happiness.
When you’re young your body produces a lot of collagen… unfortunately as we age (say from 25 onwards) our bodies stop producing as much collagen to keep the youthful glow we always want, so to combat that you can take supplements. And don’t bother with collagen cream because doesn’t work, it has to be consumed.
Since taking collagen supplements every night for almost 2 weeks, I’ve seen the immediate effects of visibly stronger nails and hair. My skin is smoother to touch and I’ve had fewer breakouts – even amidst the sweaty Aussie heatwave. The Pretty Pod Collagen packages up your daily dose (2 pills and 1 teaspoon of powder dissolved into a shot of water), making it super simple to integrate it into your nightly routine.
3. Silk Pillowcase
Did you know you could be working on your skin even as you sleep?
Silk pillowcases are a game-changer. They don’t just feel like a luxury to sleep on, they’re just naturally great. Silk is hypoallergenic, removed from all chemicals and reduce the friction that could irritate your hair and cause split ends. And when your face is getting all up on it for (hopefully) 8 hours a night, that’s just what you want to hear. For the best results, make sure you’re washing the pillowcase weekly and flipping it to use the other side in the middle of the week.
They’re also particularly good for when you’re travelling and you don’t know what sort of detergents, fabric conditioners or other people’s germs you could be rubbing onto your face from the hotel you’re staying at.
4. Filtered Water
Do you ever find yourself breaking out while overseas for no reason? Your skincare routine’s the same, maybe it’s the foreign air or something different in your diet, but it might just be that the quality of the tap water that is causing a reaction on your face. I’ve started using filtered water to wash my face when I travel to Indonesia, and even LA because I find the PH levels in the water in Sydney’s are very different elsewhere and its done wonders to avoid those unnecessary breakouts while travelling.
5. Rose Quartz Roller
Alright, I can’t confirm that there is any legitimacy behind this one but there is something to be said about just doing things that feel nice on the skin. And for me, that’s a Rose Quartz Roller.
After keeping the roller in the fridge all night, I’ll use my roller after I apply moisturiser and serum to my skin. It is suppose to boost circulation and help aid the nervous system, remove toxins, reduce puffiness and inflammation in the face. Oh and my boyfriend loves it too haha.
Also, there is the element of the crystals themselves – if you’re into that thing.
Did any of these tips surprise you? Is there something a little-out-of-the-box that you do for your skin? Let me know in the comments.