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5 Skincare Upgrades to Make in 2019

It’s time to get serious about skincare, ladies.

Real talk: You may have promised to level up your skincare game this year, but the flood of info and options out there is so overwhelming that you don't know where to start. Don't worry. We're here to show you what your skincare routine really needs. Keep reading!

1. Go beyond cleansing.
First of all, know that skincare is not just about keeping your skin smooth and clean. Start your upgrade by going from the ground-up: Reassess your skin and know exactly what it needs. Look for problem areas (such as puffy eyes and chapped lips), and give those some targeted TLC after your cleansing routine!

2. Indulge in spa treatments.
Surprisingly, a lot of people are still hesitant to get something beyond a basic facial, simply because there are so many options to choose from! Go for regular sessions of microdermabrasion to get rid of dark spots, or laser rejuvenation to tighten your pores and reduce oiliness. You can also ask for a post-treatment mask to keep your skin moisturized. Hydration is key to keeping a youthful, balanced complexion, so make sure you slipmoisturizing into your routine one way or another.

3. Rethink your sleeping habits.
Ah, the hardest part. You're busy and have so much to do! But you need to give yourself this one bit of luxury. Upgrade your sleeping habits by going to bed earlier. In case you didn't know, sleeping time is actually more important than the number of sleeping hours. Ideally, you should be getting ready to go to bed by 9 p.m. Through it, your body recharges, your skin becomes less dehydrated, less sensitive, and your dark circles will lessen.

4. Invest in a good lip scrub.
Do more for your skin this year by not skipping your lips! It's prone to dryness, especially if you don't drink enough water. However, if you've checked that part off, maybe a good exfoliation is due. The best time to do this is after washing the face and brushing your teeth, so your lips are clean and soft. Scrub your lips with a good lip exfoliator to slough off dead skin, go over it once with a damp washcloth to clean up the residue, and seal with a thick layer of lip balm.

5. Add a potent eye cream to your routine.
Our skin is very thin around the eyes, yet we rub it a lot and tug and pull at it whenever we put on eye makeup. This results in premature wrinkles and aging around the eyes, which are noticeable and difficult to reverse. Better to prevent than to treat, so makesure you have a good, powerful eye cream in your routine. If you're luxe-ing it up, TheEye Concentrate from La Mer treats dark circles for a brighter look. Want younger looking peepers? The Lifting Eye Serum helps lift and shape your natural contours.Is puffiness your enemy? The Eye Balm Intense hydrates, conditions, and lessens signs of fatigue around the lids. The best part about all of these? You can layer them together.

Visit La Mer exclusively available at Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La, Alabang and Cebu to shop their skincare and try them yourself.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with La Mer.