How to make 2021 the best skincare year of your life

Embrace a clear, glowing complexion in 2021.

Showing signs of ageing is a natural part of life, but it's hardly selfish to want to keep your face looking fresh — something that's entirely achievable through a good skincare regimen.
Going into 2021, we're sharing a handful of skincare lessons that it's never too late to incorporate; from easy ingredients to minimise wrinkles and pigmentation, to dealing with the new problem of 'maskne' (you know, the acne caused by a long period of wearing a face mask).
Keep scrolling for four crucial tips.

Use retinol to even out wrinkles

One of the best ways to prevent wrinkles is to stop them before they even arrive (see sunscreen, below). However, deep lines are a very natural part of ageing, but if you're looking to make them appear less drastic, you should always look for the word 'retinol' on skincare product labels.
A very important skincare ingredient, retinol is known for gently smoothening the skin, enhancing cell turnover and paving the way for a clearer visage. Neutrogena's popular Rapid Wrinkle Retinol Oil uses an exclusive retinol formula to smoothen your skin and users will experience a noticeable difference after only one week. Additionally, the oil promises minimisation of stubborn, deep wrinkles after a month of consistent use.

Find a face cream you can count on

Looking at the world of night creams, day creams, neck creams and eye creams can get a little overwhelming, but a good face cream (applied daily) is the cornerstone of every skincare routine. However, take it one step further and find a cream that directly targets deep-set wrinkles, as well as keeping your skin nourished.
Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream is a sure-fire, tried-and-true way to not just smoothen and moisturise the skin, but to work towards fading the look of coarse deep wrinkles.

Take measures to stop ‘maskne’

For now, it looks like wearing a face mask has become an unavoidable part of our 'new normal'. So, how should we combat the stubborn skin problems that can sometimes culminate from wearing a mask for an extended period of time?
For one, exfoliating is key. Be sure to find a good exfoliating serum that sweeps out the dead skin cells that clog our pores, and also check that it's appropriate for your skin type.
If your acne is stubborn, persistent and tends to congregate in one place, an overnight drying lotion (while not an exfoliant) can be a total saviour.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $27 at MECCA

Find a good sunscreen

Even a fraction too much time in the sun can cause pigmentation—especially when living under the harsh Australian sunlight, which means we should never underestimate the importance of SPF.
While many moisturisers and creams have an in-built SPF rating, it's best to seek out an actual sunscreen product targeted towards the face and neck. Neutrogena's Sheer Zinc face sunscreen is targeted toward those with sensitive skin, who might be afraid that daily sunscreen application could clog up their skin.
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