We believe next year will be dedicated to taking care of your loved ones and yourself. And more specifically, your skin. You’ve heard all the facts, but bad habits… like going to bed with your makeup on are still hard to break. By replacing them with new positive habits; daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, you can make a huge difference in your complexion. With the help of top skincare pros, we’ve created the easiest, most effective plan for your most radiant skin ever.
- Develop a regimen. Wash your face twice daily: once in the morning, and once at night.
When your face is clean, apply a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer like Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer. You’ll wake up looking even more refreshed than you feel.
- Turn down the heat. There’s temptation in the colder months to always have a warm water bath, but according to Daniel Abouhim, M.D., founder of Refined Aesthetics, your skin will be healthier and less dry when you keep the water temperature warm rather than hot.
- Slather up! In addition to using moisturizer on your face, pay special attention to your eyes, which have the thinnest skin on your body, says Dr. Chiu. Treat the area with an eye cream that contains growth factors, retinol, and Vitamin C to boost collagen production and skin thickness.
- Give your body what it needs. You know the drill. Drink water, get plenty of sleep and eat clean to avoid breakouts.
- Exfoliate with an at-home peel. You’re probably already using an exfoliating cleanser two-to-three times per week to slough away dead skin cells, but to take your skin to the next level, Dr. Palm recommends gentle exfoliation with a mixed beta-and-alpha hydroxy acid peel, which removes dead skin cells to reveal the taut, glowing skin underneath.
- Unwind under a soothing sheet mask. Nourish your skin with a soothing sheet mask to improve tone and encourage collagen production.
- Stay active. You might not think your workout has anything to do with your skin, but hitting the gym at least three times a week tightens skin and reduces stress, which in turn minimizes breakouts.
- Don’t neglect your tools. Clean all makeup brushes, cell phones, and pillowcases weekly.
- Get a full body sugar scrub. Massage a gentle sugar scrub into the skin using circular motions over your entire body, paying particular attention to dry areas like knees and elbows. You should feel your skin tingling, which is a good sign that the scrub is activating your circulation. Rinse it off, and then, after you’ve dabbed yourself dry, slather on a thick, decadent body cream.
- Take stock of your routine. Even a routine that’s worked reliably for you may require tweaking from time to time, so check in at start of each season. Evaluate everything from your diet to the products you use.
- Set yourself up for success. Even if you can’t make it to the dermatologist’s office every month, there are plenty of things you can still do at home. Checking the expiration dates on your makeup and creams monthly to make sure the products you’re using are still good. And most importantly, a self-skin examination check yourself once a month from head to toe with your eyes peeled for suspicious moles. Any new or changing moles should prompt a call to your dermatologist.
- Go for an annual skin screening. Doctors can’t stress this enough: A yearly skin cancer screening from a board-certified dermatologist is one of the most important things you should do. Don’t wait until something unusual crops up.
- Communicate with your dermatologist. This is also a great opportunity to check in with your derm to come up with a game plan for your overall skin health.