The New Year means a variety of things, including fresh starts and resolutions. While even the most beauty-conscious woman occasionally forgets to apply sunscreen or remove makeup before going to sleep, the New Year is the perfect time to take control of your skin health and kick-start better habits. What better time to give some love to your body’s largest organ?
With the changing weather, skin may be going haywire – think dry spots, flakes, blotchiness and dullness thanks to cooler temps. Keep skin radiant and youthful with these smart skin tips from Board-certified Dermatologist Jessie Cheung, MD, Director of the Jessie Cheung MD Dermatology & Laser Center in Illinois to make 2017 your best skincare year yet and for healthy skin this winter, and beyond.
Stop picking. Put away the magnifying mirror and the pointy tweezers and stop picking at your pimples. Doing so can cause lasting discoloration. Try to avoid over-plucking your eyebrows, too. You’ll miss them in a few years when it’s harder for hairs to grow back fully.
Eat for your skin. Cut down on processed carbs. Hold the sugar. Try to steer clear of sugary treats like cookies, mixed cocktails and even (gasp!) your beloved pumpkin spice lattes. Sugar byproducts will degrade collagen and elastin, and contribute to break-outs. They make you bloated and can cause breakouts. Their excess sugars can also cause premature aging with their inflammatory by-products. Instead, reach for antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
Limit how long and hot your showers are. They feel great this time of the year, but will irritate and dry out your skin if you spend too much time soaking. Apply your body moisturizer while skin is still slightly damp to lock in hydration.
Apply SPF every day. No matter if it’s cloudy or rainy, there is ultraviolet radiation that thins out our collagen. Sunscreen is the number one anti-ager. Find a formulation that you love for daily use.
Cut back on smoking cigarettes. Smoking is not only terrible for your body, but wreaks havoc on your skin, causing wrinkles and discoloration from the restricted blood flow and free radicals. Habits are difficult to break, and nicotine is addictive; therefore, try cutting back on at least a few cigarettes a week, and eventually you might stop smoking altogether.
Gentle exfoliation is the quickest way to get a glow. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) accelerate cell renewal to brighten skin tone, remove dead cells and smooth the skin‘s surface. Apply an AHA mask for a few minutes, and rinse off to reveal a fresh, radiant complexion. There are even versions with pumpkin enzymes to tap into your festive side.
Start taking probiotics. Your skin reflects the health of your gut. Probiotics are the good bacteria that colonize your gut and help with digestion, your immune system, and your mood, including the production of Serotonin – the happy hormone.
And what about getting that celebrity red carpet skin radiance?!
The Grammy’s, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards – oh my! Awards season is upon us and that means gorgeous hair, flawless makeup and stylish gowns galore. What better time than now to revamp your look to feel like an A-lister? While celebrities have a whole team preparing them for their walk down the red carpet, you can get your own awards season glow with their top beauty secrets. Below are the products and treatments to thank in your acceptance speech:
DERMAFLASH is the first device to bring the benefits of professional dermaplaning home. The breakthrough treatment removes dull, dead surface cells and gets rid of peach fuzz for flawless, smoother than-ever-makeup application.
Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff uses DERMAFLASH on Taraji P. Henson and other stars before they hit the red carpet.
Celebrities rely on HALO to turn back the clock. The hybrid laser combines two different wavelengths to target both the upper and lower layers of skin. A single 30-minute session treats fine lines, wrinkles, pores, acne scars, skin tone and texture, generating youthful skin that glows. There’s little downtime, and women can apply makeup the next day.
BBL Forever Young/Forever Clear is the world’s most powerful pulsed light device. It treats age spots, rosacea, acne, aging and more for total facial rejuvenation. BBL also boasts no downtime, making it the perfect treatment before a night out.
Show off a sexy décollete. ALASTIN Restorative Skin Complex with TriHex Technology helps to restore and maintain skin health for a vibrant, youthful appearance. Potent antioxidants and key ingredients even skin tone and volumize and lift sagging skin while protecting from further damage.
To keep your complexion looking flawless, Exuviance CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup softens fine lines and wrinkles and conceals acne blemishes, birthmarks and age spots. The broad spectrum SPF 30 protects from harmful UV rays so you can glow all day long.