December 18 (Miami, FL): The gifts have been unwrapped, Christmas trees have been placed at the curb and that LBD you just had to have for the New Year’s party is now tossed and crumpled at the bottom of the closet floor. For millions of Americans, January 1st represents the start of a New Year making goals to improve one’s life. Unfortunately, by the end of the first week, more New Year’s resolutions are broken than any other. Within 6 months, over half of us will have given up. Whether your goal for the new year is to get fit or revamp your beauty routine, here are a few tips from top beauty, fitness and nutrition experts to help you keep your resolutions in the New Year.
New Year, Better Skincare
Do you occasionally sleep with your makeup? Did you forget to reapply sunscreen? Did you skip your annual appointment for a skin cancer check? If last year was full of skincare blunders and mistakes Dr. Susan Stuart, a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego says to make this the year for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin.
Wash Your Makeup Before You Wakeup
Research shows cleansing before bed is essential to looking younger, longer. “Every day your skin is aging,” says Dr. Stuart. “And the very simple process of washing your face before bed is an excellent way to mitigate the external factors associated with aging and to stimulate the internal processes that fight aging.” Research has shown that certain physiological changes in the skin do occur overnight. Like many of our organs, our skin can tell night from day. Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself. And sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient. “When makeup is left on, it blocks the natural exfoliating process, which can leave your skin looking dull,” says Dr. Stuart.
For those who are too tired to wash off their makeup at night, Dr. Stuart recommends washing your face as soon as you get home from work, or even after dinner. Do it earlier rather than later! Washing off the day’s dirt and grime and nourishing your skin with good moisture and nutrients will give your skin a chance to renew while you sleep.
Get To Know Your Skin
Did you know that even if you have the right type of product to treat your skin condition, if it’s not appropriate for your skin type, it may actually make your condition worse? That’s why knowing your skin type and making sure every skincare product you purchase is appropriate for your skin type is so important. “Many women do not know what type of skin they have – normal, oily, dry, sensitive or combination,” says Dr. Stuart. “The main reason why you will not show improved results with your skin care products is that they aren’t suited for your skin’s unique needs. Knowing your skin type can help you learn how to treat your skin right.”
Your skin is characterized as normal if it’s not too oily or dry. If you have normal skin, your pores should be barely visible, and you should have minimal blemishes and no sensitivities.
If you have dry skin, your skin is rough and dull in complexion. You likely have dry, red blotches, and your skin is especially prone to peeling and cracking. Dry skin is also less elastic and therefore more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin is characterized as oily if your pores are enlarged and your skin is shiny. A trademark of oily skin is blackheads and acne.
Combination skin is just that, a combination of dry and oily skin. Typically, your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) will be oily while your cheeks will be dry.
Sensitive skin is a sub-category of each of the four main skin types. Skin can become sensitive regardless of skin type and mostly occurs as a reaction to certain skin care products. The signs of sensitive skin include redness, itching, and dryness.
See A Dermatologist
You should make an appointment to see a dermatologist at least once a year. People at high risk for skin cancer should see a dermatologist every 6 months or even more often. If you have moles, sometimes it is recommended to get those checked about every three months, Ultimately, your dermatologist is the best person to advise you on how often you should have a check-up.