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Skincare 2020: The Yeses, The Nos & The Maybes

by Sarah Syakira
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Skincare has always been around, but the recent years have seen a particularly intense admiration for lengthy skincare regimen. We have seen a lot of beauty trends and innovation come up in the last decade: some revolutionary, other’s questionable. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty and lifestyle company Goop released Beauty Dust that’s “alchemised to expand your beauty, lustre, and glow from within.” Emily Weiss founded and cultivated Glossier, a clean beauty and skincare company that the world went gaga over. And not to forget, countless Instagram and Youtube influencers turned into skincare experts.

From downright terrifying vampire facials to viral Korean skincare to calling it quits with dairy, skincare is more extensive than it has ever been. Let’s take a look at our top skin care picks for the new decade and the ones that need a final goodbye.

The Yeses

Green Juices

Yes, we agree green juices can never be appetising. But you’ve got to do what you got to do. Fresh vegetables and fruit juices are detoxifiers for your body. If you’re after flawless skin that would turn Aphrodite herself green with envy, then join the green juice bandwagon.

Sunscreen

Sun, rain, hail, thunderstorm, cloudy, cold, hot- no matter the weather or season, wear sunscreen religiously. Even if you’re not leaving the house or staying under the shade all day, sunscreen is a must. Your future self will thank your present self for skin free from discolouration, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and sun damage.

Gentle Chemical Peels

Chemical peels have been around for a bit and they are here to stay. If you’re unfamiliar with chemical peels, you should start with gentle chemical peels and take it from there.  

A Glycolic Peel Facial involves gentle exfoliation to remove dull, dead skin. Layers of hydrating products follow it. Visit BodyTonic Clinic to book an appointment with an expert facialist.

Makeup-Free Days

Makeup is so much fun! But your skin needs to breathe. Treat your skin by going makeup-free as often as you can. 2020 is all about being au naturel.

Hydration

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but drink more water! Let water maintain your skin’s moisture and elasticity. 

The Nos

Makeup Wipes

Single-use makeup wipes are no good for your skin and also bad for the planet. It cleans the surface, but what about the makeup that seeps into your pores? 

Instead, use a cleansing balm or gel and a reusable flannel for washing your face every night. 

Dodgy Homemade Facemasks

Using a homemade facemask is an affordable path to green and clean beauty. However, don’t blindly rely on everything the internet suggests. Reserve mayonnaise and cinnamon for sandwiches and desserts, and save your skin from needles irritation and inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an incredible ingredient. While it’s okay for your body and hair, don’t replace your face moisturiser with it. Coconut oil sits on the top of your face and suffocates your skin. Unless you’re cool with clogged pores, it’s time to bid farewell to this oil.

Toothpaste for Spot Treatment

Applying toothpaste on spots is one of the worst tips propagated on the internet. Though toothpaste does dry out pimples, it does more harm than good. Toothpaste can irritate your skin and cause redness. Let it do its job of cleaning your teeth and leave your skin alone.

Over Exfoliation

Exfoliation is essential to get rid of dead skin. However, over-exfoliation can damage your skin and cause breakouts.

The Maybes

Beauty Supplements

Despite the widespread buzz, are beauty supplements worth it? If you take a healthy and balanced diet, then beauty supplements won’t add much value. Even though certain supplements have shown great results, this industry still lacks proper regulations. 

You should always consult a doctor and thoroughly research before taking any supplements.

Cutting Out Dairy

Dairy, specifically skimmed milk, might cause acne. While there’s no unanimous consensus, cutting dairy has shown to improve skin texture and reduce acne. Do you think dairy is the reason behind your breakouts? Try eliminating dairy for a couple of weeks and see if that helps.

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