Skin Care Resolutions for 2015

Ah, New Year’s… the perfect time for all kinds of resolutions!  We’re sure many of you are pledging to eat out less, exercise more, or perhaps to even quit smoking.  These are all wonderful resolutions for health, but let’s not forget about our skin!

This year, resolve to also take better care of your skin.  No more falling asleep with a full face of makeup or picking at blemishes; it’s time to create some fantastic skincare habits to help us look and feel our best in 2015.  Use these tips as a guide to get you started…

  1. Make washing your face a priority. As mentioned above, avoid crashing at night without washing your face.  Makeup left on overnight causes dirt and oil to build up and clog pores, increasing your chance for developing acne.
  2. Stop picking! I know, I know…  This one is a hard one!  Who actually enjoys seeing a zit on their face?!  Nobody!  So, when one appears, it’s really tempting to “pick” and/or “pop.”  Don’t do it – it’s a bad habit!  It can cause inflammation and infections by driving the bacteria deeper into the skin.  However, if you must, do so with a little precaution… wash your hands and face first.  Then, using two cotton swabs, gentle apply pressure from underneath.  If it doesn’t happen easily, don’t force it.
  3. Hydrate.  Aim for 8 glasses of water a day.  Water helps your body digest and flush out toxins, resulting in a clearer complexion.
  4. Eat Organic. Introduce more organic produce into your life.  Pesticides on our foods are endocrine-disrupting – meaning they disrupt the proper flow of hormones through your body, which can cause acne and blemishes.  After making a change like this, you may notice you get sick less, your nails are stronger, and even your hair will appear to be healthier and shinier. We understand that going organic can be a little pricey, so use the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen guides.  Buy the “dirtiest” fruits and veggies organic, and save on the cleaner produce.
  5. Use a Retinoid. Work a retinoid into your daily routine.  A daily pea-size dollop rubbed all over your face helps with skin cell turnover.  This can help fade hyperpigmentation and prevent acne.  We like Lytera by SkinMedica.
  6. Sometimes, less is more! Don’t overuse products.  There are some truly great products on the market, but use caution – the overuse of products can dry out and irritate your skin.  Make an appointment with an aesthetician or dermatologist to discuss what products are best for you.
  7. Stress less. Work on decreasing the stress in your life.  High levels of stress hormones can cause systemic inflammation and subsequently, breakouts.  Read every day for an hour, practice yoga, meditate, or take a weekly bath – whatever helps you to unwind.
  8. Use sunscreen… Always! Always wear sunscreen, even during the winter and even if your foundation already has SPF.  And, stay out of tanning booths!  Sun damage causes wrinkles, premature aging and increases sebum production which leads to acne.  We like Environmental Defense Sunscreen of a minimum SPF 30.
  9. Exercise! Exercise has been linked to reversing signs of aging.  Remember this article we posted?
  10. Watch what you eat. If you struggle with hormonal breakouts each month, try reducing your alcohol and dairy intake.  Alcohol causes inflammation, and dairy products are high in estrogen.  Both are linked to increases in acne.
  11. Enlist a pro. To tailor and optimize treatments and products to meet your personal needs, we recommend making an appointment for a VISIA skin analysis with one of our licensed master aestheticians. This digital analysis of the skin allows our aesthetic team to identify your personal skincare needs, discuss recommended skincare treatment options, and measure your treatment progress throughout the year.