STAY HYDRATED Here’s one of the most well-known healthy skin habits- drink more water. You should be drinking about 2 liters of water every day to keep your skin hydrated. Try keeping a water bottle with you at all times. If you are not a fan of drinking plain water, try coconut water, fruit-infused water or herbal teas.
EAT HEALTHY It’s an old saying but it still stands true- you are what you eat. A poor diet can cause breakouts and sullen-looking skin, whereas a good diet can provide your body with all the nutrients you need for great skin. Try adding plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains and lean proteins to your diet.
QUIT SMOKING Smoking can be quite destructive to your skin. Smoking deprives your skin of valuable oxygen and nutrients, and can lead to the formation of wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and mouth. Do yourself a favor and try to quit smoking. Not only will it help ensure that your skin remains healthy, but it will also greatly reduce your chance of developing lung cancer.
START AN EXERCISE PLAN If you’re thinking a sweaty exercise routine doesn’t sound like a great way to improve your skin’s appearance, you may be wrong. Regular cardiovascular exercise is absolutely crucial to keep blood circulating to all the skin on your body. Increased blood flow delivers nourishment to skin cells, keeping them looking young and healthy.
DON’T SKIP YOUR BEAUTY REST There is good reason sleep has sometimes been cited as a natural beauty treatment. You have probably seen yourself in the mirror after a long night’s work or play, and realized your skin looked older, more sallow and drier than if you were well rested. Your skin goes through much of its restoration while you sleep. If you cut back on sleep you are reducing the amount of time the skin has to repair, which can affect the way you look.
WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE BED Washing your face before bed will remove troublesome bacteria and oil, making you less susceptible to clogged pores and acne breakouts. For women, makeup removal is especially important. A well-hydrated, clean face before you go to bed will give your skin a chance to renew.
START AN ANTI-AGING ROUTINE As you ring in 2021, consider establishing and maintaining a consistent skin care regimen. Here are some simple anti-aging steps to take each day: 1. Wash with a gentle cleanser. 2. Use SPF 30+ sunscreen every day. 3. Use a retinol or retinoid each night before bed to improve fine lines and wrinkles and counteract sun damage. 4. Return moisture to the skin barrier using a moisturizing cream with ceramides. 5. Consider adding a Vitamin C serum to your routine to protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals.
OUT WITH THE OLD How many old skin care products do you have? The New Year is the perfect time to clean out your makeup bag and medicine cabinet. Skin care products do go bad. Even worse, they can cause skin—and health—problems if not disposed of at the proper time. If you’re going to turn over a new leaf when it comes to skin care, this is a good place to start.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST A great way to start 2021 is to schedule a skin examination with your dermatology provider. You should aim to have your skin checked at least once a year. Early detection is key in preventing skin cancer, which is estimated to affect one in five Americans.
TRY THAT AESTHETIC TREATMENT YOU’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT The first week of January is one of the busiest times of the year for aesthetic procedures because patients are making good on their New Year’s resolutions. Even if you have a stellar skin care regimen, there may be something that just isn’t looking the way you want. Why not try the aesthetic treatment you’ve been thinking about? Perhaps it’s Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser or a chemical peel… it’s time to make your skin care resolutions and enjoy beautiful results in 2021.