Is taking better care of your skin on your list of New Year’s resolutions? What does that mean? Does it mean washing your face before bed? Could it mean wearing sunscreen every day? Or does it mean committing to a daily skin care routine? Taking better care of your skin is not just one thing. Like a healthy diet, it means doing a lot of little things that add up to healthier, fresher, younger-looking skin.
So let’s try a different approach to taking better care of your skin this year. Why not focus on one resolution each month? It is easier than trying to change all your bad habits at one time. Here are some suggestions for making changes to your skin care routine in 2015!
In January – Take off your make-up at the end of the day. Make-up traps skin oils, dirt and environmental pollutants to cause acne and dull skin.
In February – Moisturize after washing your face and body. Hot water can strip skin of natural oils leaving it dry and tight. Replace lost moisture with a lightweight lotion even if you have oily skin.
In March – Start wearing sunscreen every day. It is easy and it is the best way to reduce and prevent signs of premature aging.
In April – Shower after exercise! Trying to squeeze in a work out at lunch? Sweating is good. It helps get rid of toxins but don’t let those toxins just sits on your skin too long. It will lead to acne and blemishes.
In May – Exfoliate regularly. Obviously, we recommend using AHAs to exfoliate skin but you can use gentle scrub as well. Be sure to exfoliate all parts of your body for soft, glowing skin from head to toe.
In June – Clean make-up brushes regularly. Brushes hold skin oils and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Wash them at least once a month with lukewarm water and a mild soap.
In July – Take care of your hands. Hands often take a beating and can give away your age. Give them a little extra TLC every day. Use a SPF on your hands during the day and rich lotion on them at night.
In August – Stick to a program for at least 6 weeks. That’s how long it will take to see a reduction in fine lines, acne improve and skin lighten. Patience and diligence will pay off with a skin care routine.
In September – Schedule an annual skin check-up. Follow up by doing a monthly self-exam as well. Never let unusual moles, bumps or rashes go to long without seeing a dermatologist.
In October – Keep your hands off your face! The germs and bacteria on your hands wind up on your face causing acne and irritation. Ohh, and clean that cell phone with anti-bacterial wipes for the same reason.
In November – Take care of your lips! Use moisturizers and lip balms that have an SPF. Lips are the thinnest skin on the body and are more susceptible to sun damage than any other part of you.
In December – Be aware of alcohol consumption. Alcohol leaves you dehydrated causing dryness, bloating and redness. It also make some skin conditions like rosacea and broken capillaries worse.
At the end of 2015, your skin can look better than it has in years. By focusing on just one small change each month you can develop new skin care habits that will last a lifetime. Just like a healthy diet, these changes are lifestyle changes that promise to make you healthier, younger-looking and truly comfortable in your own skin. Best wishes and Happy New You!