With every new year comes resolutions, many of which involve making efforts to be healthier. With good health comes good skin, but you don’t have to make radical changes to see an improvement in your complexion. In the name of sustainable lifestyle changes that can keep you looking your best all year long, keep these five skincare resolutions in mind throughout the year.
Skincare Resolution #1:
Change your pillowcases twice a week.
Prone to breakouts? Changing your pillowcase twice a week could make a world of difference. Pillowcases can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so keep the area where you rest your head fresh and clean and that could translate to fresher, cleaner skin too!
Skincare Resolution #2:
Never skip a wash before bed.
A nightly regimen of cleansing and moisturizing will help in your skin’s process of healing and repairing while you sleep. It’s important to cleanse your face nightly to remove what has accumulated throughout the day since your pores are more prone to congestion during sleep. Consider keeping face wipes on hands for those nights when keeping your normal skincare routine isn’t possible, or for when you’re extra exhausted.
Skincare Resolution #3:
Drink more water.
Sounds simple enough, right? But somehow, most of us are constantly resolving to drink more water. It is recommended that men drink at least 3 liters of water per day; that number is 2.2 liters for women. The benefits of adequate water intake extend to multiple parts of the body, and the skin is no exception. Hydrate your skin from the inside out! Having a water bottle with you wherever you go will make it easier to reach this goal.
Skincare Resolution #4:
Don’t pick at your blemishes.
While it’s tempting, most dermatologists don’t recommend popping pimples. Picking at your blemishes can worsen acne blemishes by spreading infection, not to mention the potential for creating lasting scars. Treat your acne by cleansing regularly, making healthy lifestyle changes and following the advice of your dermatologist. You’ll be surprised how much quicker your skin will clear up when you keep your hands away from your face!
Skincare Resolution #5:
Don’t skip the sunscreen.
Even on cloudy days, don’t skip the sunscreen. Regardless of the time of year, UV rays can interfere with skin-barrier function, reduce ceramide levels, and prevent skin from holding onto moisture. Use a lotion with SPF 30 or higher every morning to prevent sun damage.
Participate in a Research Study
Austin area residents: are you or someone you know struggling with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or rosacea? Participating in a research study provides an opportunity to be involved in the process of discovering new treatments while receiving compensation for time and travel. Inquire about eligibility by calling DermResearch at 512-349-0500 or view our current studies.