Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This time of year is all about love and that includes not just showering love on your loved ones, but loving the human body’s largest organ—your skin. Expensive skincare products and fancy packaging may look appealing, but skincare doesn’t end there. Truly loving your skin involves much more. Here are 5 ways to show some skin love this Valentine’s Day.
1. Show love by auditing your skincare and makeup products
It is important to know when to hold and when to fold skincare products because hanging on to beauty products past their prime might actually be causing the very problems you’re trying to get rid of. It may seem harmless but expired beauty products can compromise skin and can cause irritation along with bacterial infections. Subtle changes in color, texture or scent are big giveaways that your product might be expired, and that it’s time to throw it away. A general rule is to not use eye products for more than six months and lipstick and face products for not more than one year.
Skincare needs differ with age. You may have bought some beauty products when your skin was different and now the same product may not suit your current skin needs. A skincare audit is a good way to find out if the products you are using are still relevant given your current skin needs and health.
2. Show love by including skin-friendly food and supplements in your diet
Healthy skin depends to a large extent on your diet. Skin-friendly food and supplements like collagen, vitamin A, C, E, fish oil, protein and green leafy vegetables help the skin maintain its youthfulness, and its glow. For example, vitamin E is involved in metabolic processes, cell signaling. Similarly, collagen supplements taken under the guidance of your dermatologist can help with the renewal process of damaged cells.
3. Show love by re-assessing your skincare regimens
Finding the perfect skincare routine is a lot like searching for your soulmate. Your skin needs a different routine to be followed in the morning and evening, and, as such, requires different products as well as a targeted technique and approach.
At the start of the day, you will have to prepare for all that is going to attack your skin—the sun, pollution, smoke, even the stress of your day. That means morning skincare should be all about defense and protection. On the other hand, the evening is a time for your skin to reset and repair itself after a long day. Your skin is at its most active while at rest and therefore, your nighttime skincare routine is when you should focus on reparative products and treatments that help your skin undo any damage that was done during the day.
If you don’t have a skincare routine, it’s best to start as soon as possible. is your best guide to help you develop a customized skin care regimen.
4. Show love by understanding your skin type
A paramount step in caring for your skin involves figuring out your specific skin type and understanding how it adapts to changing seasons and circumstances. Dermatologists classify skin into five skin types—Oily, Dry, Combination, Normal and Sensitive. Educating yourself on your skin type will help you choose the right skincare options leading to a healthier and more radiant complexion. For example, AHAs and BHAs are two base skincare acids found in every skincare product. They aid in exfoliating the skin. AHAs can be used on most skin types and they tend to work at the surface of the skin only, working to brighten the complexion and smoothen texture. On the other hand, BHAs penetrate to remove clogged pores, making them ideal for people who have oily skin, with blackheads and whiteheads.
5. Show love by getting professional skin care advice
The one-size-fits-all mentality does not work in skincare. A product that works great on your friend or family member, may not exhibit the same benefits on you. If you have a specific skin issue to address it’s best to meet with a dermatologist, as sometimes just opting to invest in products will not give you the results you need. For instance, if you are experiencing dull skin, you may need more than just a deep-hydrating moisturizer. Your dermatologist may advise you to opt for more advanced treatments like Oxygeneo Hydra Facial or Charcoal face therapy which will work to rejuvenate your skin from within.
Love your skin and it will love you back
Investing in your skin is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Knowing what your skin needs will enable you to enjoy healthy, vibrant skin.