Beauty Kuel Category Expert: Lakshmi Devi Ethirajan
The New Year is a popular time to start new habits. We should all be aware of the health of our skin. Our skin is our outermost layer, so it protects us from the outside world. For that reason, it is important to pay attention to your skin’s health. If you have not already, now is the time to start on your skincare goals in 2021.
Whether you are new to skincare or need a refresher, we are here to help. We will keep things simple for beginners and provide new perspectives for those with experience. We strongly encourage you to reflect on your skincare goals to find room for growth.
Let’s get started!
7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Hit Your Skincare Goals:
“This is the most important question!”
1.Do I like the way that my skin looks?
This is the most important question! It is vital to feel content in your skin. First and foremost, your skincare goals should be about feeling good. If you feel insecure or doubt this question in any way, it is time for a change.
2. What do I want to achieve in 2021?
Take a good look at your skin. Figure out where there is room for improvement and how to achieve that. For example, fixing breakouts, redness, or irritation are good points. With a bit of research and the right skincare regime, you can fix any issue.
3. Do I know my skin type?
Much like people, the skin comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the first mistakes a person makes is buying for other skin types instead of their own. Here is the deal: your skin will always react differently to a product, depending on your skin type.
Pay special attention to your skin before and after using a product. You can have dry, oily, combination, normal, sensitive, and so much more. Starting natural is safe, better for the environment, and helps you avoid chemicals.
4. Am I healthy and happy?
One of the easiest ways to improve your outer layer includes looking at your health. Staying hydrated and physically healthy works wonders. Holistic health should be at the top of your list for new skincare goals in 2021.
5. When do I want to start seeing results?
Set a realistic target time to start seeing positive changes. A new routine does not yield instant results. For example, acne treatment may require some trial and error. Complex issues take longer to resolve, so get into the habit of trying new things!
6. Is there anything I want to change with my skincare routine?
Even beauty lovers with a set routine can change things up! The New Year is the time to reflect on what works. If a part of your self-care routine does not bring you the best results, change it. You have plenty of time to experiment with new regimens to be truly satisfied.
7. Are the products I use healthy for me?
For those with more experience, think about the products you use. Exposing yourself to toxic additives should be left in 2020. The ingredients that you use should be clean and all-natural. Get the best out of mother nature by skipping out on the chemicals.
Where to Start With a Basic Skincare Routine:
“start simple, and build from there”
As always, try to start with the basics. Buying every product that another person suggests has a lot of potentials to go wrong. The process does not have to be complicated or overwhelming. Instead, start simple, and build from there.
The 4 Best Places To Start:
1. A Gentle Cleanser:
The basic tool for skincare starts with a gentle cleanser. Cleansing removes dirt, makeup, and oil from your face. Using a cleanser once per day is enough for most people, and it is a good way to start small.
2. Try a Toner:
Toners work great to balance the skin. If you endure irritation or acne, this is a great add-on. Use your toner after your cleanser and before moisturizing. There is a lot of room for experimentation with these types of products, so find what works for you!
3. Moisturize to Stay Hydrated:
To keep your outer layer strong, moisturizing is necessary. You need to keep your skin hydrated to fix and avoid damage. Whether you need a thick or thin moisturizer depends entirely on your skin.
4. Use an SPF Daily:
Sunscreen protects our skin from damaging UV rays. Dermatologists recommend wearing a light layer of sunscreen daily. This is crucial even if you stay indoors. Long-term SPF use keeps your skin from aging more quickly, as well as many other benefits.
Stay Consistent; Don’t Give Up After One Slip-Up!
We tend to make a lot of promises to ourselves around the New Year. The fresh start tempts everyone to try something new, but we often forget after a month or two. The key to hitting your goals with skincare begins with consistency.
Turn your New Years Resolution into a New Years Revelation. Realize that this is the year to start taking care of yourself. Once you get motivated, take those first steps. Your skin will thank you!
About the Author:
Lakshmi is a holistic skincare specialist. She is the founder of Srida Herbals an organic and vegan friendly skincare line. She aspires to create products that help people feel confident their own skin and ditch the harsh chemicals in their skincare routine.
By founding Srida Herbals, she wants to influence the skincare world around her. She focuses on bringing together her knowledge about centuries old skincare traditions and her 20+ years of pharmaceutical skills to create products that are toxin-free and safe. In her products she uses ingredients in their righteous quantities to maximize the effect of the skin. She wants others to understand that skincare is an holistic ritual and it’s not the active process of using chemicals filled products that give an instant effect. Follow Lakshmi on Instagram and shop her products in the Kuel Shop.