Time to finally shut down your computers and stay away from digital devices for a while now. This weekend, make it a point that you go the extra mile in pampering your skin. Though we know that you already have with you your usual skincare regimen, there are some skincare top-ups that you could do over the weekend like a simple exfoliation and sheet masks that your skin would pretty much love. As you take your rest over the weekend, doing skincare should not be put on rest as well.

Let us get you started with your weekend treat to your skin.

Before anything else,

Why don’t you try checking up on your skincare ingredients today? Washing your face every day is indeed an integral part of your daily routine. But with wrong ingredients? You might be unaware that it could be stripping skin’s protective oils and is doing more harm than good.

Now is the best time to stock up on the skincare ingredients your skin might be needed to regain the water loss to achieve that hydrated skin. Keep these ingredients in mind:

Ceramides – Locks in moisture into your skin which helps prevent dryness and irritation. Say bye-bye dull skin!

Hyaluronic acid – your holy grail to wrinkle free and youthful hydration.  It functions as a humectant and holds water molecules onto the surface of your skin to keep it nice and hydrated.

On top of your usual skincare regimen, there are some additional steps that you could add up during the weekend.

Jumpstart with a gentle cleanser – the usual

Just like any other skincare routine, cleansing should be the utmost priority.  The primary purpose of cleansing is to remove dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin for a clean finish.  A gentle cleanser is always recommended. Cleansing is as easy as 1-2-3 you’ve been doing it for decades. Just squeeze a small amount of cleanser into your clean hands add water to transform it from clay to mousse consistency and then gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face rinse off thoroughly and gently pat dry with a washcloth.

Exfoliate the flaky spots away

Bet you don’t like it when that dry, flaky spots have started to show up. That is your reminder to exfoliate already. Exfoliating is essential to maintaining soft and healthy looking skin because it slough off all dead skin cells. Make it a habit to exfoliate once or twice a week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Based on the expert’s recommendation, this may be the best time to say bye to physical exfoliant and started shifting to chemical exfoliant in place of exfoliating your dead skin cells away. Chemical exfoliation is the safest way you could do in getting rid of those dead skin cells that accumulate over the week thus means that you do not necessarily have to back off from giving your skin an extra exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants are mostly composed of: AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) These are derived from natural substances and are said to be ideal for exfoliating dry skin. Its primary function is removing that “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. The payout? Smoother skin and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) are oil-soluble by nature. Thus allowing it to reach deeper into the skin and pores. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties – what does it do for your skin then? A depth-exfoliation.

What better way to exfoliate your skin considering the skin type that you have?

Salicylic acid for acne-prone skin

Salicylic acid is beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), a type of carbon-based organic compound that naturally occurs in willow bark, fruits, and vegetables. Can penetrate pores to unclog blackheads.

Glycolic Acid for sun-damaged skin 

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) group of plant and animal-derived acids. Glycolic acid together with lactic acid is said to be the most promising and well-researched AHA. Glycolic acid, when applied topically, works in breaking the bonds between the outer layer of skin cells. The peeling effect it creates makes the skin appear smoother and more even. Unlike any other skincare ingredient that causes the skin to get dry, glycolic acid can as well help retain skin moisture.

Lactic Acid for sensitive skin

Lactic Acid is the gentle AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that your skincare routine might be missing. Lactic Acid, derived from the lactose of milk, is the one that gives milk and yogurt that distinctive tang. A class of chemicals that gently exfoliates the skin. Lactic acid is milder compared to its ultra-potent cousin, glycolic acid, all credit to its larger molecule size that gives it a better gateway for those who have sensitive skin.

Reach out for a Mask!

Bet some of you would agree that this is one of the skincare routines that you look forward to every time – masks are arguably one of those beauty tools that the beauty world is currently obsessed with.  Consider facial masks as an ultimate treat to your skin. These are masks that are essentially thin sheets made up of paper, cloth, or gel saturated in serum, which usually contains serums and extracts. The easiest way to soothe tired skin, repair damage, and replenish moisture. Consider doing this once or twice per week.

Go over with the rest of your usual routine such as:

Toner – In contrast to the popular belief that toners tend to dry out your skin.  Tone it up! This is essential in restoring PH balance Toning helps refines skin textures, minimizes pores, and refreshes and revitalizes the skin. It prepares the skin for the treatment to be subsequently applied.

Serum – Achieve that flawless-looking skin with minimum effort. This wonder elixir is a hydrating skincare product that protects your skin from free radicals and future damage. It targets your specific skin concerns such as brightening, calming, and firming. Generally, your serum should have active ingredients that you can wear throughout the day like Niacinamide and Vitamin C which will make it plump, firm, and elastic. If overused, they can cause skin irritation. Using a serum mildly, once every other day, would boost your skin and provide your skin with all it needs but in a gentle, balanced way.

Moisturizer – Layer up moisturizer on top of the serum – yes! To lock in moisture to achieve that radiant glow. A moisturizer a day can help reduce the chances of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. There is a misconception that oily skin does not need moisturizer. Everyone needs a moisturizer for every skin type and should be included in everyone’s basic skincare routine.

Eye Cream – Take good care of that delicate skin on your eye area because #glassskin would not be achieved if you have disturbing dry patches and bags under your eyes.

Being a little extra in your skincare during weekends should always be your top priority. Do not let any signs of skin aging sit in. Consistency is the key to achieving your #skingoals.