The New Year is a symbolization of a fresh start and endless possibilities. It is also the time of the year when many of us make resolutions. Setting skin care resolutions is a great way to better your skin health for the long term. Here are the top 8 skin care resolutions to easily improve your skin health in 2018:
1. I will wear SPF every day.
According to Dr. Steven Deliduka, board-certified dermatologist for Forefront Dermatology, “the best protection against premature skin aging and skin cancer is to apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is needed regardless of the season or weather conditions. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is strong enough to reach your skin even on the cloudiest of days.”
2. I will stick to a skincare regimen.
A consistent skincare regimen helps promote healthy, beautiful skin. It is important to create a regimen that includes products that best treat your skin type both morning and night.
3. I will always wash off my makeup before going to bed.
Makeup wearers everywhere are guilty of this from time-to-time. After a long day, washing off your makeup can seem like the ultimate chore. Unfortunately, sleeping in your makeup leads to clogged pores, blemishes and possibly even infections. Take a couple minutes every night to wash your face before it hits the pillow. Your skin will thank you.
4. I will exfoliate at least once a month.
If you have never exfoliated, now is a great time to start! Exfoliation gently removes the dull, dead skin cells on the surface and encourages new cell regeneration.
5. I will moisturize daily.
Everyone should be using a daily moisturizer to help your skin maintain a balanced hydration. If you are tight on time, consider using a two-in-one moisturizing body wash.
6. I will stay hydrated.
Good hydration is vital for our bodies to function properly. When we are dehydrated, it shows as dry skin and loss of that natural glow. Drinking more water is shown to give a more radiant and clear complexion.
7. I will toss old products.
It can be hard to let go of the old skin care products tucked away in your bathroom vanity. We commonly tell ourselves “it’s still good”, “I’ll use it someday” or “do you realize how much that cost”, but unfortunately old and expired products can be harmful on our skin. According to Dr. Deliduka, “old products not only lose their effectiveness, but they may cause an irritation or allergic reaction, or even harbor bacteria which can lead to an infection.”
8. I will get my yearly skin exam.
We saved the best, and most important, for last. As we have said it before, and we will say it again – early detection saves lives. While it may seem inconvenient to add another appointment to your busy schedule, it is important to understand that with early detection many skin cancers have a high cure rate. One person dies every 54 minutes from melanoma. Don’t become a statistic. Be proactive and schedule your skin exam today.
If you are struggling with skin issues and don’t know where to turn, the skin health experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help. To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.