By: Julie Proszynski
With every new year comes the desire to improve and become the best version of yourself. Why not make a resolution to finally quit your bad skin habits this year? The word resolution may sound daunting, but by being honest with yourself and setting realistic skin-tentions, they can become much more attainable. For starters, remember the goal is to improve, not completely overhaul and become overwhelmed. A great mantra is “New year, same me... But better.” Keep reading for five realistic resolutions to work toward.
Accept and Treat the Correct Skin Type
Just because a skincare guru friend, influencer or celebrity tells you about a product she is currently loving, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. All skin is not created equal and can likely show different results on a person by person basis from the same product. To get the most of your products, they should be suited to your unique needs. Consult with a trusted skin-care professional to get expert advice on a regimen that will appropriately address your needs.
Many salons and spas offer complimentary skin consultations, followed by recommended services. During the consultation, an in-depth skin analysis will help you understand your skin’s texture and tone, as well as your treatment protocol. It is not uncommon to leave surprised by your esthetician’s findings or to discover that you have been using the exact ingredient your skin hates. With direct guidance from professionals it’s much easier to break bad skin habits by helping to identify them in the first place.
Trust the Process
Waiting for a new skin treatment to show results can be a test of patience. Be consistent—It takes time for any product or regimen to work, and it’s hard to see results if your products are always in flux. Any good anti-aging cream, acne product, or brightener can take between four to six weeks, so don't give up. Remember, the skin needs time to turn over its old cells to reveal new ones.
Much like a New Year’s resolution, you want to create a routine that you can stick to when it comes to caring for your skin. A consistent skin care routine is the secret to having a healthy, youthful glow. Put your time and money to good use by carefully establishing a proper regimen that delivers results rather than purchasing a plethora of options. Whatever regimen you choose, stick to it morning and night.
Get a Yearly Dermatologist Check
If you haven’t already, make sure to call your dermatologist and schedule the date for your annual check-up! Keep in mind that bad skin habits from years prior take time to manifest topically. Yearly visits to the dermatologist are important so you can get your skin examined and screened. It’s also important to discuss any concerns you have about changing skin tone or texture with your dermatologist. Early detection is always the best measure of prevention against skin cancer and other undesirable effects caused by the sun. Think ahead for next year and make your 2019 appointment before leaving your dermatologist’s office!'
Commit to SPF
This may seem obvious, but if you aren’t wearing SPF on a daily basis, you should reconsider. It is never too early or late to defend your skin from the number one cause of aging: the sun and its UV rays. In the winter, it can be difficult to remember sun protection. However, many are not aware that UVA rays are just as harmful in cloudy conditions. Whether you live in the desert or the great plains, apply SPF every day to protect your skin from wrinkles and skin cancer. While that glow may make you feel amazing today, always remember to be responsible for your future self.
Get More Sleep
Sleep isn’t just good for our overall health, it also impacts the brightness, tone and general glow of the skin. It’s important to aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Establishing a nighttime routine that helps you calm down and sleep soundly is a vital part of getting the necessary seven to eight hours of sleep. Try to make bedtime a priority by going to bed at the same time each night, and always keep your room as dark as possible. Healthy sleep habits will ensure you’re able to fall and stay asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, which means brighter, more glowing skin... And a better morning!