5 New Year's Skin-Solutions
Below are 5 skin-solutions to start the new year off right.
1. Cleanse your skin twice a day.
I recommend a mild gentle cleanser in the morning and a low percentage glycolic cleanser at night. Dead cells build up on the surface of the skin, leading to a dull rough appearance. Glycolic acid helps to gently lift dead cells off the surface of the skin and stimulate new collagen production. It also helps to unclog pores which can prevent breakouts. A cleansing tool, like the Clarisonic brush, can help to break down make-up, oil, and sweat from the long day, getting the skin up to six times cleaner than using your fingers alone. Then in the morning all you need is a gentle cleanser, as there is not a lot of oil and dirt build up at this time.
2. Apply antioxidants daily.
Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, green tea and red tea extracts, help to protect your skin from free radical damage which causes your skin to age faster. Free radical damage is caused from the many pollutants in our environment today.
3. Use a form of topical vitamin A.
Vitamin A helps to normalize or stimulate the skin cycling process. It also helps to stimulate collagen production helping to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A comes in many forms both prescription and over-the-counter. Vitamin A products should always be applied at night only.
4. Wear Sunscreen Daily.
Wearing a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher on a daily basis is the easiest and least expensive way to fight sun damage and signs of aging. UV rays from the sun can penetrate through the clouds and even glass reaching the skin, causing damage that can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, and skin cancers. Remember sunscreen is only active for about two hours, so you need to re-apply throughout the day.
5. Take omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil capsules) daily.
Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatories which can help with acne, eczema, psoriasis, as well as dry and aging skin. 2000 mg daily is what is generally recommended.
Follow these recommendations for a good start to a new year with great skin.