New Year Resolution

Year after year, everyone wants to kick off the New Year with a fresh start. The most common resolutions include hitting the gym at least 3 times a week, losing weight and eating healthy. In addition to these healthy resolutions, you might also decide that this is the year to start taking better care of your skin.

Here are a few New Year skin resolutions you should consider as 2014 gets underway:

  • Develop a daily skin care regimen that addresses your particular skin concerns and leads to meaningful improvement.
    Choose skin care products that contain high concentrations of antioxidants (such as Vitamins C and E), peptides and growth factors. These ingredients are necessary to produce noticeable improvement in the appearance of your skin.
  • Wear sunscreen every day.
    Remember, we are exposed to UV rays when day light is present. This means it’s important to wear sunscreen even when it is cloudy and during the winter months. Ultraviolet radiation causes skin cancer, premature aging and weakens the immune system. Make sure that your sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection with SPF 20 or higher for protection against sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.
  • Get your moles checked!
    The New Year is a good time to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for a full body exam. If any cancerous lesions are found in the early stages, your diagnosis and treatments will be much easier.
  • Never go to bed with make-up on.
    The ultimate goal of skin cleansing is to thoroughly remove makeup, dirt, bacteria, pollution, excess oil and dead skin cells. Facial skin, more than any other part of the body, is exposed to environmental damage. In order to remove all these impurities effectively, it is important to use a cleanser that caters to your specific skin type. When properly cleansed, your skin can better absorb nighttime treatment products such as retinols, nourishing moisturizers and serums, which are necessary for healthy skin. If you go to bed without washing your face, you are skipping one the most important times to take care of your skin. Your skincare routine should be different in the morning and at night, as research has shown that certain physiological changes such as skin permeability (absorbency) is higher in the evening and night than in the morning1. Applying skincare products right before bedtime, when skin absorbency is at its highest (according to the skin circadian rhythms*) maximizes the efficacy of the active ingredients applied. On the other hand, skin surface temperature and the TEWL (transepidermal water loss) reach their highest values at night2 as well, which can lead to drier skin. Using a nighttime moisturizer can improve the skin barrier and its function.

If you’re going to make one New Year skin resolution, wash your face at night even after the busiest day, and you will be rewarded with better skin, better sleep and no more mascara marks on your pillowcase!

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