As we ease back into our lives as we knew them, we have to start embracing a new normal. A part of the new normal is staying at home much more and, for some, working from home still. With all the changes and uncertainty, this can be a pretty stressful time, and it’s crucial to channel some effort into practising self-care.
Taking time to attend to your needs will put you in a better position to support others, physically and mentally. Plus, it helps reduce stress, increase energy and boost productivity. One of those ways would be to stick to a diligent skincare routine – and for those of us heading back to work, getting that post-circuit breaker glow wouldn’t hurt either.
Take time to do your skincare routine
Skincare is a form of self-care. The simple act of taking a little time to yourself, usually alone in your bathroom, or your room, is in itself calming. Take this time to upgrade your skincare routine to include a range of products that work effectively and synergistically to give you glowing, crystal clear skin.
Not sure how to do it? Here are our favourite options from prestige skincare brand SK-II that will help to take your skincare routine to the next level.
The first step in every skincare routine is a cleanser, and the SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, $93,has the brand’s signature ingredient PITERA, which is packed with micronutrients that help condition the skin and keep it hydrated, bright and glowing. It also has salicylic acid that helps deep-clean the pores.
While massaging in the foaming face cleanser to remove the day’s dirt and accumulated sebum, try recalling three things that you are grateful for that day. Connecting your skincare routine with thoughts of gratitude helps you feel good, which will in turn help you look good.
Once you’ve cleansed, it’s best to use a toner like the SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, $100, to ensure all impurities are removed from the skin. Along with PITERA, it has alpha hydroxy acids that help to gently exfoliate dead skin and debris to reveal brighter skin.
With the dirt and dead skin out of the way, condition your skin with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $289. This is also called PITERA Essence because it contains a whopping 90 per cent PITERA! This special ingredient is derived from a strain of yeast that is exclusive to the brand and is packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are essential to skin health. It is known for its ability to transform skin from dull to glowing and crystal clear. Trust us, we’ve tried it. It’s even earned the nickname Miracle Water thanks to its transformative powers.
Our pro-tip to applying this is to tap it on, or soak cotton pads with PITERA Essence and place them all over your face including over your eyes (yes, it’s that gentle) for a hydrating treatment.
With all the time you’re spending watching your favourite shows, scrolling social media, working from home and probably not sleeping as much as you would want to, you can’t ignore the skin around your eyes. This is the first place to show signs of fatigue and ageing. The SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream Radical New Age, $149, also has key ingredient PITERA, along with other brightening and firming ingredients that help soften fine lines, wrinkles, lift and firm the skin around the eyes. Plus, it has a light, silky texture that is easily absorbed and doesn’t feel heavy when applied.
Complete your skincare routine with the SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence and the SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion. Even though you may be at home, your skin is still prone to getting “cloudy” with blemishes such as dark spots and pigmentation forming below the surface of the skin. This is because the sun’s rays can penetrate glass and cause skin damage, but also because free-radical damage also contributes to dullness.
The way to have truly crystal clear skin is to ensure these dark spots don’t surface and the GenOptics Aura Essence can help with that because it targets both seen and unseen dullness in the skin. Along with PITERA, it has skin brightening ingredients Prunus extract and D-melano P3C that help mitigate melanin formation to keep skin radiant and glowing.
Next comes the most important step. Seal in the goodness of all your products with the SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion. One of the best moisturisers for combination to oily skin in our opinion, it leaves you looking fresh and dewy without feeling heavy or sticky—which is always a plus in this hot and humid weather. It has hydrolysed soy and yeast extracts along with freshwater algae and PITERA that together keep skin hydrated, firm and radiant.
Brought to you in collaboration with SK-II