New Year’s Resolution or not, how your skin looks has a lot to do with everyday choices. We’ve set up a short list of mostly do-it-yourself steps for a New Skin plan. Anyone can follow these 8 steps to see better skin long term!
Snooze or Lose – Believe it or not, if you’re routinely skimping on sleep, you’re doing your skin a terrible disservice. Skin repairs itself during sleep and if you don’t get enough snooze time, you’ll not only look more tired, but you’ll look older too!
Stop Choking your Skin – Never go to bed without at least a cleanse with some micellar water. A true cleanser for your skin type is best, but anything’s better than nothing. Washing off the day’s makeup and pollutants lets your skin “breathe”.
Hot? Not! – When it’s chilly, a hot shower feels great. But water that’s hot for more than a few minutes compromises your skin barrier. If you want hot, enjoy it for a few minutes then turn down the temp. Grab a ceramide cream and slather over your body while still damp to seal in some moisture. (CeraVe is a great drugstore option – Cetaphil and Aveeno are good too. Eucerin has extra duty products if your skin is desperate.)
Chlorinated Water is Creepy – Metropolitan water is chlorinated and that’s definitely punishment to your skin AND your hair. Get a shower filter and change it on schedule. Find out if your district uses chloramines. If so, you may prefer to bump up to a vitamin-based shower filter instead of or in combination with a chlorine filter. You can find VitaFresh filters on Amazon. They contain Vitamin C which neutralizes chloramines.
Pep up Skin with Peptides and Phytoceramides – Peptides help boost your natural collagen preservation and production. Why not take advantage of this ingredient to keep your skin firmer and softer? A very decent over the counter product is Olay Regenerist Serum (go fragrance free). Bump up to serious action with one of our cosmeceuticals and get complimentary advice from our estheticians. Phytoceramides taken as a supplement has good science behind it.
Retinol to the Rescue – Your skin cell turnover slows down as you age. Keep the process moving at a brisk pace for skin that’s younger looking and younger behaving with retinoids and retinols. Helps with dullness, crepiness and fine wrinkles. Plus, skin that’s used to turning over faster heals faster from laser and peels. Retinoids require a prescription but work the hardest for you.
Take Advantage of Tech – Lasers and light therapy both work to boost collagen production as well as refinish skin that’s discolored or poor in texture. We’ve introduced Omnilux light therapy for relaxing skin rejuvenation. See our Super affordable Omnilux sessions
Diffuse Depression for Happier Expressions – Depression affects mood which in turn affects and encourages negative facial expressions which in turn reinforces depression. Can Botox help? Read this article from the Journal of Psychiatric Research discussing the likely merits of Botox for depression.
(Even if you aren’t depressed, finding avenues for relaxing tense facial muscles is a good idea. If Botox is not on your “do” list, then facials both relax facial muscles and improve your skin – a great two-fer. )