The arrival of a new year signifies many things — creating new resolutions, decluttering and perhaps getting a brand new wardrobe. New year, new you, right? But sometimes, your clothes and hair may be in place to welcome the brand new year, your skin is not feeling the same. After week-long of events in December, we’re not surprised if your skin is not feeling up to par. Dullness, sagging, more prominent fine line and wrinkles, dark circles or eye bags, are simply consequences from the late-nights, parties and gatherings that you partake in consistently throughout the month.

As the new year soon approaches, there’s not exactly much time for you to chill and relax while hoping that your skin will be well-rested before work starts. But with a skin reset (or detox), you’ll be welcoming the new year with bright and glowing skin. Here’s what you need to do.

Decongest the skin

With a purifying mud mask, of course. Mud masks are able to clear out your pores, pulls out the impurities, decongest your skin and controls oil production so that your skin will stay smooth and clear. Maybe it’s time to put that sheet mask down for now and reach out for a mud musk instead.

Rethink that skincare regimen

It’s natural to think that you’ll need more products to counter these skin concerns. The truth is, you don’t need all of that. Starting a new year is a perfect opportunity to declutter your products and scale down that skincare regimen. Time to go easy on the products and ingredients, as your skin don’t need that mumbo jumbo of active ingredients. Cut down on the products, choose only what you need — just a cleanser, serum, moisturiser and sunscreen if you can. Your skin will then have a chance to rebalance itself and heal. When your skin starts to settle down and glow, then you can slowly incorporate more products in.

Don’t over exfoliate

With the goal of having bright and clear skin on your mind, it’s easy to go overboard on exfoliating — thinking that scrubbing or using more acids will improve your skin tone. Constant exfoliation, no matter physical or acids, will throw your skin off balance and compromise your skin’s hydration levels. And when your skin think it’s dry, it will produce more oil to help counter the ‘dryness’ — which then results in more breakouts. Exfoliate only once a week first to allow your skin to adjust. Then go two or maximum three times a week so that your the oil in your skin will regulate more naturally.

Do the 5:2 diet

2020 should be the year to let your skin breathe. Try to minimise the amount of makeup (even though the new makeup releases are tempting) as much as you can — or follow the 5:2 diet. This skincare ‘diet’ is basically, five days with and two days without makeup in a week. It’s a method that you may have heard of a couple of years ago, but we think now is the best time to kickstart it. Don’t get us wrong, makeup is never bad for your skin but it allowing your skin to breathe once in a while will do more good in the long run.

Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.