Resolutions for Your Skin Jan 5, 2021 / by Complete Family Dermatology Team
Welcome to 2021! New Year’s resolutions are all about becoming a better version of yourself and improving your lifestyle. What better place to start than your skin? Healthy skin will not only make you look good, but you’ll feel good, too. With that said, we’re breaking down the basics of simple skincare routines. Here are eight super easy New Year’s resolutions for your skin to try this year (and beyond)!
New Year's Resolutions for Your Skin
Visit a Dermatologist
- If you aren’t already, you should be visiting a dermatologist at least once a year. A check-up once a year will make sure that your skin is healthy. As you grow older, you may become more sensitive to products or you may notice a new mole pop up. No matter the change, it’s important to consult with your dermatologist to determine the severity of these concerns.
Drink More Water
- Do you drink enough water? Health experts commonly recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. It might seem like a lot, but drinking more water couldn’t hurt! Drinking more water can benefit your skin in many ways, it can: improve complexion, prevent wrinkles, reduce dryness, heal faster, and minimize puffiness.
Eat a Balanced Diet
- Treat your skin kindly by having a well-balanced diet. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats will optimize your nutrition, which will lead to radiant skin. Here are some healthy dieting tips:
- Fill up on five servings of fruits and vegetables (EX: Carrots, Spinach, Strawberries, Red Peppers, and Broccoli)
- Get your vitamin C and E (EX: C: Oranges, Blueberries, Strawberries, Peppers, and Sweet Potatoes; EX: E: Avocado, Leafy Greens, Sunflower Seeds, and Almonds)
- Go for healthy fats (EX: Avocado, Eggs, Fatty Fish, Nuts, and Seeds)
- Opt for omega-3 (EX: Salmon, Mackerel, Walnuts, Soybeans, and Chia Seeds)
- Choose low-GI carbs (EX: Whole Grains, Wild Rice, and Beans)
- Eat plenty of zinc (EX: Shellfish, Lean Red Meat, Whole Grains, Nuts, and Seeds)
Use a Humidifier
- A lot of skin problems are rooted from dehydration. Save your skin by using a humidifier. A humidifier controls the environment and makes the air moist, which keeps your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. If you’re considering a humidifier, there are a few options. A room humidifier will keep your whole room humid while you sleep, or a portable humidifier can be used while on the go like in the car or even on the plane.
Get Better Sleep
- Don’t pass up on the beauty sleep. We know sleep can easily be put on the back burner. However, it’s one thing that can have a significant impact on every part of your life - including the health of your skin. For adults, aim to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. The more you sleep, the more time your skin has to go through its restoration and healing process. Other things to keep in mind at night: applying moisturizer, frequently washing your pillowcase, and sleeping on your back.
Put on Sunscreen Every Morning
- Did you know wearing sunscreen every day lowers your risk of developing skin cancer and reduces signs of aging? Regardless if it’s cloudy or cold, sunscreen is a must! Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30 or more. If you’re outside for an extended period of time, reapply every two hours, wear protective clothing, and seek shade.
Moisturize Your Body
- Say see ya later to itchy, dry skin. After you shower, pat your skin dry and then put on some moisturizer. This helps lock in the water in the skin cells, which keeps your skin hydrated. And on the topic of showering, turn down the temperature as hot water can really dry out your skin.
Wash Your Face Everyday
- Last but definitely not least, wash your face every day. It may seem like a chore, but washing your face can truly improve the overall appearance and health of your skin. Washing your face (especially at night) will rid your skin of dirt and oils that build up on the surface, which will leave your feeling fresh and clean.