Make this the year for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin with these 10 New Years’ Skin Resolutions
1. ALWAYS WASH YOUR SKIN AND MOISTURIZE AT BEDTIME
Research indicates that the skin repairs itself the most effectively at night, so you want to put your skin in the best possible condition for its repair. For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, try this! Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be done minutes before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! Washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing your skin with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep. And remember, quality moisturizers (without clogging ingredients) will not suffocate your skin. Do not forget about your skin on your neck and décolleté as these areas need moisture to keep their youthful appearance.
2. WEAR A MOISTURIZER WITH SUNSCREEN DAILY
Studies indicate that 78% of the sun exposure we get in a lifetime is incidental exposure. You may say, “I’m not out at all during the day,” but 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. Daylight exposure is the #1 cause of premature skin aging so a minimum of SPF #15 should be used 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out.
3. 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 1-2 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 get regular facials, so the pores can be cleaned professionally and use skin care products exclusively formulated for your skin type.
4. GET AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP A 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, the #1 aggravator of acne!
5. 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.
6. TOSS YOUR BAR SOAP AND EXCHANGE IT FOR A LIQUID CLEANSER
Cleansing your skin with a bar of soap–no matter how expensive it is or how moisturizing it claims to be–is an absolute no-no. 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. Then, you have to quickly run and put moisturizer back on to put back in what was just taken out–makes no sense. Skin cells are like just like fish, they need water to live. Your skin cells need to stay moist in order to be healthy; acne conditions and sensitive or dry skin suffers from lack of water. Check out Smiling Beads Body Wash it is a gentle natural body wash exclusively formulated to help skin conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris (KP), Body Acne, dark spots & discoloration.
7. 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.
8. GET THOSE BLACKHEADS UNDER CONTROL–ONCE AND FOR ALL
Blackheads. We all have them (or at least most of us) and we all hate them. 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 (which it will), 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, then use an acid exfoliator to keep the pores clean and use Smiling Beads Body Wash to keep your body blackhead free.
9. MOISTURIZE HABITUALLY
Here are some skin care lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way. For example, I learned not to wax the same place repeatedly with an at-home wax kit or shave with a dull razor. Aside from those lessons, make it habit to moisturize regularly at key times like right after you get out the shower while skin is still damp. Use Softness Bliss Body Lotion a natural moisturizer. Say goodbye to dull, ashy skin! Softness Bliss is exclusively formulated to help skin conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris (KP), Body Acne, dark spots & discoloration. Also make it a point to moisturize your feet so that you are not stuck trying to undo months of neglect a week before sandal season!
10. EAT RIGHT
Perhaps the most important and most overlooked way to help your skin is by what you put in your mouth. Good nutrition is vitally important to the health of your skin as well as your overall wellbeing. Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage, says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and author ofAgeless Face, Ageless Mind. Wondering what to eat and what to smooth on? These skin-saving foods help both ways.
Strawberries: Strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit. And research published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutritionshows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who don’t.
Green tea: Curling up to a cup of green tea does a lot more than relax you. Green tea is filled with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. What’s more, research from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that drinking green tea may reduce your risk of skin cancer. And when you add a generous squeeze of citrus juice, the tea’s antioxidants get a boost of staying power, so they remain in and benefit the body longer, rather than being digested quickly and having much of the goodness go down the drain, according to Purdue University researchers.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin’s orange hue is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. “Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin,” explains dermatologist Kenneth Beer, author of Palm Beach Perfect Skin. Plus, pumpkin has hydrating properties, Ionescu adds. Although the seeds make a great fiber-filled snack, you get the skin-saving antioxidants from the pulp.
are one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits,” Fernstrom says.
Research shows this fruit’s juice has more inflammation-fighting antioxidants than red wine or green tea. Eat some fresh pomegranate or use it in an age-fighting scrub. Apply once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, suggests Cleo Londono, aesthetician and owner of Metamorphosis Day Spa, in New York City.
Also consider these foods for healthy skin:
Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.
Spinach and other green leafy vegetables.
Beans, peas and lentils.
Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish.
With good skin care habits, your skin with be healthy and beautiful for years to come! Make 2016 the year you finally discover the beautiful skin you have within.