A recent study conducted by white goods and electronic retailer, Currys, asked 2001 Brits about their 2024 health and beauty goals. The study revealed that one in four Brits are focused on enhancing their appearance this year, with a particular emphasis on skincare.
To delve deeper into effective skincare practices and ways to enhance your skincare routine, Currys sought the expertise of dermatologist and founder of Dr Dina Keen Skin Care Clinic, Dr. Dina Keen to explain how to achieve healthy skin and maintain a consistent routine.
With so many products available, it can be both overwhelming and expensive to experiment with different ones, trying to discover those that effectively address your specific skin concerns and establish a routine. This can lead to frustration and giving up on your skincare goals, especially if you don’t see results as quickly as you would hope.
However, Dr. Keen insists that less in more when it comes to the ingredients used on your skin, she said: “We are buying too many skin care products and trying to use them together. As a result, there is no positive outcome due to conflicting ingredients, and you end up with a reaction. I call it an overdone skin or an overused reaction. Nothing works along with spoiled skin. In this case, the “rule of less” will work ideally.
“The main thing about achieving beautiful skin is establishing a routine that you can realistically commit to. Starting with elementary steps for just 10-15 minutes a day is more beneficial than spending one hour on it one day a week.”
Despite this, the study revealed this is an issue among Brits, as 1 in 3 face challenges in forming a structured skincare regimen which is key to optimal skin health. This is further evidenced by the significant Google search volume in the UK for ‘basic skincare routine,’ which averages 18,040 searches yearly, highlighting the growing demand among Brits to master their skincare routines.
Dr Keen added: “Knowing your skin type can also impact the number of steps in your routine. If you are unsure about our skin type, aim for products that are designed for sensitive skin.”
“The facial skin requires a lot of care, depending on the skin type, 8 out of 10 people don’t know their skin type and use the wrong products. Hence, skin might have problems such as excessive dryness, wrinkles, rashes, acne spots, and allergic reactions.”
Six expert tips to help you achieve glowing skin
Embracing a few simple lifestyle habits can contribute not only to fulfilling your New Year glow up but also to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Dr. Dina Keen shares six skincare tips to incorporate into your routine for a radiant and healthy complexion.
- Incorporate a Gua Sha
Using at-home skincare tools can provide numerous benefits for your skin, such as anti-aging effects that result in firmer skin, fewer fine lines and wrinkles, reduced puffiness, and improved circulation. One such tool, Gua Sha, is a flat, smooth massage tool with origins in China and Southeast Asia. It involves gently scraping the skin using Gua Sha stones along with a serum to enhance skin regeneration.
To incorporate Gua Sha into your skincare routine, engage in a daily facial lymph drainage massage for 5-10 minutes. Before using the tool, ensure you cleanse your skin thoroughly, and after each use, wash the tool with warm soapy water to maintain hygiene and prevent any potential skin issues.
- Improve your sleep quality
Not getting enough beauty sleep can weaken the skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate. You should try and aim to get 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night. Without enough sleep, your body may not produce collagen, which keeps your skin looking young and youthful.
This lack of collagen can lead to signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. It can also affect your skin’s moisture and pH levels leading to dull and dehydrated skin and possibly causing breakouts. A good night’s sleep is a natural way to keep your skin healthy and fight off aging signs.
- Take vitamins
To enhance the health and quality of your skin, consider taking a daily regimen of skin-specific vitamins. Biotin and folic acid are crucial vitamins for your skin. Biotin prevents dryness, producing fatty acids that nourish and support effective oil gland function. Folic acid maintains your skin’s protective barrier, improving moisture retention and reducing dryness.
You should also include vitamins such as A, C, and D, which benefit the skin by promoting collagen production and skin repair. These essential vitamins are naturally present in nutrient-rich foods, making it convenient to incorporate them into your diet.
- Vitamin A can be found in leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, as well as in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cheese, eggs, yogurts, liver, and fortified low-fat spreads.
- Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, black currants, and peppers.
- Vitamin D is present in red meat, oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring, and mackerel), egg yolks, breakfast cereals, and fortified milk.
- Face masks
Face masks are an effective solution to target any skin concern you have. They can help to hydrate the skin, remove excess oils, and help improve the appearance of pores. Whether you aim to hydrate your skin, eliminate excess oils, or enhance the appearance of pores, incorporating face masks into your skincare routine can be highly beneficial.
For optimal results, consider using masks containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe vera, applying them twice a week to promote skin health and radiance.
Achieving beautiful skin is closely tied to maintaining the right facial posture. To enhance the position of your head, boost blood circulation, and counteract asymmetrical ptosis—a condition leading to droopy eyelids—it is recommended to integrate 15 to 20 minutes of exercise or yoga into your daily routine. By prioritising these practices, you can actively address specific concerns related to facial aesthetics and symmetry.
- Use SPF everyday
Whether rain or shine, incorporating SPF into your daily beauty routine is essential to shield your skin from harmful sun rays and stave off premature aging. Apply it every two hours to ensure continuous protection. Neglecting daily SPF use may result in pigmentation, sunburn, and, in severe instances, skin cancer.
When applying SPF, be thorough in covering your face, neck, and décolletage with a generous amount. For those who wear makeup, consider using a spray formula that can be applied over your makeup to achieve maximum protection.
You can find the full study here: https://www.currys.co.uk/techtalk/how-to/health-and-beauty-new-years-resolutions.html