January 14, 2016 Stacy Cox Face

Starting Over: How to Reboot Your Skin for 2016

Here at Makeup.com, we would love to think that we have all the answers for you. However, there are certain issues that require the insight of a pro. Today we asked skincare guru Stacy Cox to give us tips on how to refresh our skincare routines in the New Year.

Refresh Your Skincare Routine

We’re about halfway through the first month of 2016 … how’s your skin doing? As your skin care fairy godmother, my intention is to give you a jump-start on rethinking your skincare track for the year (if you haven’t started thinking about it already). Check out some easy tips and habits that will help deliver a brighter you this year!

Start Masking. NOW.

Using a mask once a week for 15 to 30 minutes is one of the key secrets to complexion success. Any esthetician will tell you this (including this esthetician). You water a garden to keep it looking lush and fabulous … the same principle should apply to your skin. Are you a busy girl? Apply a mask and allow it to absorb while you're getting other tasks accomplished around the house (i.e. answering emails, paying bills, doing your hair/nails, etc.). You can also go for a nighttime solution, like a sleeping mask. Not only is this the ultimate multitasker, but it also takes “beauty sleep" to new levels.

Product Recommendations: L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, SkinCeuticals Biocellulose Restorative Masque

Get a New Pillowcase …

If wrinkles and fine lines seem to be gaining on you a bit, you need to add something new to your anti-aging arsenal. Switch out your old cotton pillowcase for one made of silk. Not only do silk pillowcases preserve your precious blowouts and keep your skin feeling ultra soft, but they also minimize puffiness and reduce redness (this is ideal for all you sensitive-skin types!). Look for a pillowcase that is 100 percent silk and features long-strand mulberry silk with a traditional charmeuse weave (I would write this down).

… & Cleanser While You’re At It

I like to think that skin and hair are quite similar in terms of upkeep. Just as you can be get product buildup on your tresses from using the same hair care over and over, the same can be true for our complexions and skincare products. So folks, switch it up and try a new cleanser. It doesn't mean you can't go back to you old trusty one. Just give it a three-month vacay and give some new formulas a whirl.

Product Recommendations: Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, Garnier Clean+ Purifying Foam Cleanser, The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Skin Clearing Facial Cleanser

Throw a Serum Into the Mix

If your moisturizer seems to be at a standstill and is not delivering the hydrating, skin-saving results it once did, the easiest thing to do is add a face serum to your regimen! I understand it's one more step and one more investment to make, but the benefits of concentrated doses of skin-nourishing ingredients can be a game-changer! Trust me!

Product Recommendations: Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum in Oil , SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+, Lancôme Advanced Génefique Youth Activating Concentrate

Model: Lauryn Ford



    About the Author: Stacy Cox is a Los Angeles-based esthetician and owner of day spa Pampered People in Studio City, California.