New Years’ Resolutions for Your Skin
Most skin care products are designed to address certain signs of aging, while other products prevent them. Taking anti-aging and preventative aging measures should be a focus for everyone, regardless to gender, age, or skin type.
Make this the year for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin with these 10 New Years’ Skin Resolutions from Dermal Dab.
- WASH YOUR SKIN AND MOISTURIZE EVERY NIGHT AT BEDTIME
Research indicates that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night; therefore, applying products to your skin before bedtime will give the best results. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try washing your face when you get home from work, or after dinner. It is important to wash the day’s dirt and grime and nourish your skin with quality products that provide excellent moisture and nutrients. This will renew your skin while you sleep.
- WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY
Exposure to the sun is the #1 reason why we age and studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure we get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. Working in your home or office near windows, walking to your car, and even driving in your car will subject you to unnecessary UV damage. Windshields do nothing to protect you from UV rays; this is why it is important to wear a minimum of SPF 30, 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or outside.
- DON’T PICK AT YOUR SKIN
The life of a blemish is just 3-5 days, but when you pick at one, the red mark can linger there for weeks and often the red mark will darken and remain for months. We know it’s tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. A better solution for problem skin is to use products that prevent the issue from occurring. Additionally, receive facials regularly so the pores can be cleaned professionally.
- GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT
Sleep is important not only to keep dark circles at bay, but it is also the time when your body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins that would otherwise wreak havoc with your skin. Sleep also reduces stress, which is the primary cause of acne and a huge contributor of premature aging!
- CLEAN YOUR COSMETICS BRUSHES ONCE A WEEK
Bacteria and oil can build up on your cosmetic brushes, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. Using a mild liquid dish soap and cold water, carefully wash out your brushes and rinse thoroughly. Comb the bristles to prevent tangling, and stand the brushes upright in a glass in the sunlight to let dry and destroy bacteria. Cosmetic sponges should be washed with mild soap and rinsed thoroughly after each use.
- TOSS YOUR BAR SOAP AND EXCHANGE IT FOR A LIQUID CLEANSER
It doesn’t matter how expensive the bar soap is or how moisturizing it claims to be, do not cleanse your skin with a bar of soap. The binders that hold a bar of soap together are in an alkaline base (high pH balance) and strip the water and natural oils from the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy; acne conditions and sensitive or dry skin suffers from lack of water.
- HAVE YOUR MOLES CHECKED
Melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer in the United States. Once a year, you should visit a dermatologist to have a full body check, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer, are fair-haired, or have gotten excessive sun exposure. Early detection can save your life.
- GET THOSE BLACKHEADS UNDER CONTROL–ONCE AND FOR ALL
Blackheads are large, open pores containing oil that has oxidized from the air causing it to turn black. Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not “dirt”, it’s simply oxidized oil. You can remove the blackhead but once the oil fills back up in the pore, the air will cause the oil to oxidize again and now the blackhead is back. To get blackheads under control, you must first remove the blackheads, and then use an acid exfoliator (such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid) to keep the pores clean.
- GIVE YOUR SKIN A MAKEOVER
A new year is a fresh start. If you’re ready to get serious and kick off the new year right, here’s my 10-step plan for beautiful skin.
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