8 ways to Supercharge Your Skincare Routine

The basic skincare routine is relatively simple: cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen. Having a regular skincare routine is fantastic, but have you ever wondered how to take it to the next level? If so, stay tuned. We've got eight ways that someone as #skincareobsessed as you can take your skincare routine from basic to next-level.

Exfoliate! But don't overdo it.

Exfoliating prevents dead skin cells from causing a dull complexion, so the logical next step when building your skincare routine is to add it in a few times a week.

The key to exfoliating is timing. If you never do exfoliate, your skin will seem dull, but if you scrub your face with exfoliants every day, you could trigger redness, irritation, and dryness. To exfoliate just right, choose a quality exfoliating scrub, and use it once a week for a baby-smooth complexion.

Clean those makeup brushes!

If you're a person who wears a lot of makeup, set a reminder to clean your makeup brushes and sponges once a week. Those tiny brushes can hold a LOT of bacteria, and you don't want that anywhere near your skin. Applying makeup with bacteria-ridden brushes and sponges has the potential to cause significant breakouts, so at least once a week, cleanse them with antibacterial soap and water.

Create a gym skincare kit.

Sweaty skin means clogged pores, and while your workouts are good for your body, they might be clogging up your skin! Take your skincare basics and put them into a few small travel bottles, and toss them into your gym back for a post-workout refresh.

Add a weekly mask.

Incorporating a little self-care into your habits can drastically improve your quality of life, so treat yourself to a nice face mask once or twice a week. Dry skin types will benefit from a mask containing hyaluronic acid or rose oil. If you have breakout-prone skin, choose a clay mask that can draw out impurities!

Try this if you have dry lips.

If you struggle with dry or chapped lips, consider adding a lip mask to your nighttime routine. Apply it before bed and wake up with soft, hydrated lips, ready to start the day.

 You can find lip masks in most cosmetics stores, and you can also try a DIY method. One of our favorite recipes? A simple two-ingredient mixture of honey and coconut oil.

Add a little spice to your life.

Ingredients like turmeric, black pepper, and ginger all have antioxidant and anti-aging effects, but did you know you can do more than add them to your food? Examine skincare labels for these ingredients, and reap the antioxidant advantages for your complexion, too.

Invest in satin pillowcases.

Did you know? Tossing and turning on a rough pillowcase can contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Satin pillowcases can help alleviate this, causing less friction against the skin and helping you dodge those signs of aging. As a bonus, it's perfect for your hair, too, causing less breakage and leading to softer locks!

Tailor your routines for the morning and the evening.

Your skincare habits should be slightly different at night than in the morning. Morning skincare is about preparing you for the day and protecting you from the elements. For example, this is when we most often put on sunscreen. Focus on repairing your skin in the evenings, and choose a heavier moisturizer with anti-aging properties like retinol or Vitamin A.

If you're ready to take skincare to the next level, the most crucial step you can take is to talk with your dermatologist. At City Derm, we want to help you find a routine that works for your skin's individual needs, so if you ever have a question about your skincare, reach out to our New York and New Jersey dermatologist offices. We'll be glad to offer you a consultation.

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