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How to Update Your Skincare Routine in 2021

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Jan 4, 2021
How to Update Your Skincare Routine in 2021

Skincare has always been important, but it had a major moment in 2020. As we stayed at home, many of us traded eyeshadow palettes and lipstick for nourishing serums and brightening moisturizers. Because there’s nothing more beautiful for a Zoom call than a dewy glow, right? This year truly taught the importance of caring for your complexion, and that’s why you need to update your 2021 skincare routine accordingly!

You spent more time in front of a computer than you thought was possible, and learned about the beauty of blue light protection skincare products. As spas remained closed, you discovered the power of Gua Shas and facial rollers to give yourself a massage right from your living room. And don’t even get us started on the collection of hand products we’ve been acquiring for months.

You and your skin have a big year ahead, and you’ll be ready for anything with these beauty products for an upgraded skincare routine in 2021.

Hand care

 Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme by Estee Lauder
Source: Estee Lauder

Your hands deserve all the love - from a nice manicure to an
Estée Lauder hand cream. You’ve spent most of 2020 washing your hands for up to 20 seconds per session, and the new year will be more of the same. That’s why you need the Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme in your skincare routine for 2021. “Indulgent,” “sumptuous,” and “moisturizing” are just a few words that Estée Lauder uses to describe this hand cream, and they don’t even do it justice. It’s made with hydrating ingredients to keep your hands soft and supple after continuous hand washing, and even features anti-spot technology to keep them looking younger. Did you know that the skin on your hands is a major area of aging? You do now. If you’re looking for a product that’s a bit more affordable, and has even more hand scrubbing power, try the Superfruit Hand And Body Scrub by SheaMoisture! It’s packed with a rich blend of organic Shea and Mango Butters and a proprietary antioxidant Superfruit complex of Raspberry, Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts - made to nourish, firm, and exfoliate your hands to perfection. SheaMoisture products are made to get to know your skin, and treat every feature, and you’ll be ready for one of the top 2021 skincare trends with this hand scrub.

Blue light protection

Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 by ILIA
Source: ILIA

Most of us have spent a lot of the year 2020 in front of a screen - whether it’s through Zoom meetings while working from home, or binge-watching every series on Netflix. Sure, it’s been fun… but 2021 is the year to protect yourself against the harmful blue light from your MacBook. The light that you may not have even known existed. High energy visible light, also known as blue light, is emitted from electronic devices like iPhones, tablets, and TV screens. It penetrates even more deeply than UV rays, and can lead to premature wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin issues. Yikes. Luckily, there are plenty of skincare products that protect against blue light, such as the Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 by ILIA. This tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and blue light protector hybrid isn’t just the ideal barely-there complexion product for your everyday makeup routine for Zoom school, it also keeps you covered in more ways than one. We’re talking about protection against rays from the sun, your laptop, and visible blemishes to create the most perfect makeup-skincare product, ever. Watch The Office with ease as you prevent wrinkles and prime your complexion with this ILIA favorite - the best addition to your 2021 skincare routine!

Face yoga

Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil by Philosophy
Source: Philosophy

Just like you need to exercise your body, you need to work out your face too. And you don’t even need any fancy tools to do it, just your perfectly-moisturized hands! Face yoga is exactly what it sounds like - a series of “poses” that relax and tone the muscles, and is even said to have the same firming and lifting effects as Botox. One of the most simple poses? Opening your eyes up wide in a “shocked” expression, and holding the expression for as long as you can. That’s it. There are also methods of working out your cheeks, neck, and forehead to smooth out fine lines and look more youthful than ever - all thanks to you and your magic hands. Who even needs a spa or needles? The only skincare product you need to boost these exercises is a facial oil, like the Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil by Philosophy. You may want to avoid applying it before your face yoga session, as that may be too slippery for your exercises, but applying it afterwards is the real deal. It helps to maintain skin’s natural moisture levels and soaks into your skin after a facial yoga session for the best post-workout feeling, ever.

Acne treatments

Level 3 Acne Clearing Routine set by Tula
Source: TULA

Maskne was a very real thing in 2020. This beauty buzzword refers to the irritation and acne that occurs as your PPE mask causes friction on the skin, and even those who had never thought twice about acne found themselves with a serious breakout. Not cool. At least you’re prepared for a little “Maskne” in 2021, and can line up your top acne prevention and acne spot treatments to say “boy, bye” to breakouts. Our recommendation? The Level 3 Acne Clearing Routine set by TULA. It features the Breakout Star Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer, Keep It Clear Acne Foam Cleanser, and Clear It Up Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel - all infused with Salicylic Acid to treat and prevent acne. And not just that, but also calm down irritated skin and brighten acne scars or dark spots caused by past blemishes - which will likely be prevalent in 2021. Prevent Maskne with this blemish-fighting set for your skincare routine by TULA.

Hands-free makeup blenders

Power Pocket Puff™ by Beautyblender
Source: Beautyblender

Skincare was your best friend all through 2020, and it definitely still will be in the new year. That being said, you must admit… you’re super excited to apply your first full-face, glam makeup look for a night out post-quarantine. And you can keep your skin happy and healthy with a hands-free blending tool like the Power Pocket Puff™. From the same designers of the iconic Beautyblender, you’ll never have to worry about contaminating your makeup or spreading germs with this double-sided, next-generation cosmetic puff. The year 2020 taught you not to touch your face, and all you need to do is slip your finger into the band and glide across your skin for seamless makeup application. The plush, pink side grabs just the right amount of contour product or face powder to perfect your look, while the tan and suede side creates that filter-like finish for Instagram glam. This tool is travel-sized, easy to use, and keeps your skin protected against bacteria and bad blending… and that’s why it’s a must-have for 2021!


Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum by Herbivore Botanicals
Source: Botanicals

Listen, we’re all about the best Retinol beauty products. This hero skincare ingredient is an anti-aging powerhouse - working overtime to prevent wrinkles, exfoliate the skin, treat acne and prevent long-term signs of aging. However, the Vitamin A derivative can be pretty strong… and more sensitive skin types may find that Retinol can cause irritation or redness. Especially when the Maskne won’t seem to go away. That’s why you should try one of the best Retinol alternatives that’s ideal for all skin types - Bakuchiol! This gentle, all-natural ingredient is derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant, and has all the wrinkle-reducing and skin-glowing power of Retinol without the pesky side effects. Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum by Herbivore Botanicals is a 100% natural treatment that improves the appearance of your skin and adds a boost of hydration. It’s made with a blend of 100% natural botanicals including Babchi, Turmeric, Holy Basil, and Eggplant Extracts to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while improving overall texture, and the moisturizing power is something that not even Retinol can do. Bakuchiol is the quarantine-friendly alternative that you’ve loved all throughout 2020, and it will serve you just as well in your skincare routine for 2021.

Glowing skin

While you probably weren’t in the mood to do a 40-step K-Beauty routine throughout quarantine, there’s one skincare trend that never goes out of style: glowing skin. A lit-from-within glow is the best accessory, as it looks completely natural and makes you really stand out in your Zoom history class. You don’t need highlighter, either - as there are plenty of cleansers, face masks, and serums to add a brightness boost to your complexion. Our favorite? Mighty Marshmallow Bright & Radiant Whipped Mask by Bliss. It contains Marshmallow Root Extract that provides a surge of hydration to even out skin’s tone and texture and help produce a dewy glow, while Vitamin C works its brightness magic and protects against dull, aged, and tired skin. This airy, whipped mask is just one big party of antioxidants and food-themed nutrients - as it also includes Olive Leaf Extract to plump and hydrate, a blend of fruit and herbal oils to remove toxins, and Zinc PCA to reduce excess oil while calming down redness in those with oily or sensitive skin. Mighty Marshmallow is the perfect self-care treat that leaves you with glowing skin, and it’s the best addition to your 2021 skincare routine.

Gua Sha

Jade Gua Sha Beauty Tool by Skin Gym
Source: Skin Gym

Self-care and skincare go hand-in-hand, especially during a year as stressful as 2020. And there’s no greater tool to relax and radiate in 2021 than the Gua Sha! The gua sha technique, or skin scraping, originated hundreds of years ago as a form of Chinese medicine. Practitioners would use a flat stone to apply pressure and scrape the skin, treating muscle pain and tightness while alleviating chronic pain symptoms. This massage was just as intense as it sounds, but don’t worry… today’s “facial” version of the gua sha treatment is much more relaxed. In fact, gua sha is now known as one of the greatest home beauty tools and self-care treatments around. These beauty tools are small stones typically made out of rose quartz, jade, or amethyst, used to scrape the skin in an upward, outward direction to release muscle tension and promote the drainage of tissues. While you missed your biweekly visit to your esthetician during quarantine, these tools are very similar (if not identical) to the ones you would find in a professional spa - and it’s easier, cheaper, and more effective to use your Jade Gua Sha by Skin Gym daily at home. No needles or charging station required - just your own two hands, a little facial oil, and the ultimate self-care playlist.

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