New Year’s Day is next week and millions of people will be making resolutions. Resolutions are a way of saying, "I know I can do better." And although the majority of resolutions are forgotten before we hit the end of January, there is nothing wrong with looking at your life and finding areas you can improve. While many resolutions will be for quitting smoking or losing weight, your skin deserves attention too.
The following are some simple skin care resolutions to help keep your skin looking healthy all year round.
I will always use sunscreen, even when I don’t think I need it. It’s easy to forget the sunscreen on cold, rainy days, but even then, dangerous UV rays can penetrate your skin and cause damage.
I will have my skin checked by a dermatologist once a year. Skin cancer, when detected early is treatable and curable. The best way to do this is to schedule an annual exam at the dermatologist.
I will have any changing moles or new spots checked by the dermatologist right away. Again, early detection of skin cancer is important. Complete self-checks on a monthly basis and call the dermatologist to set up an appointment if you notice any changes in color or shape or if you notice new lesions or moles.
** I will moisture my skin after showering.** Applying moisturizers right after your shower, when your skin is still damp helps lock in moisture. Keep a bottle of moisturizer inside your shower to remind you to moisturize your skin each day.
I will remove makeup at night, before I go to bed. Leaving makeup on all night can trap in dirt. Take the time each night to wash your face and remove all makeup.
I will exfoliate my skin on a regular basis. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells keeping your skin looking fresh and bright. Be careful not to do it too often or you can irritate your skin. Once or twice a week is plenty.
I will pay attention to my hands and feet. You might take care of your face, applying moisturizer, anti-wrinkle cream and exfoliating, but you don’t want to forget to take care of your hands and feet. Apply moisturizer to both areas and be sure to apply the sunscreen to your hands when outside. Use gloves to keep your hands protected during the harsh winter weather.
I will keep moisturizers, lotions, makeup, etc. fresh. If you are like most women, you have tubes and bottles of skin care products in your drawers that have been there for years. Now is the time to throw them out and get new ones. You might want to use a marker to write the date you bought it so you can keep track and replace it before it gets too old and full of bacteria. While you are at it, get rid of the brushes and add new ones to your shopping list.
I will drink 8 glasses of water each day. Drinking water helps keep your skin moisturized, from the inside. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses per day.
** I will take better care of myself physically.** Your physical health shows up on your skin. Make sure to get enough rest, eat right and if you smoke, quit.
I will stop comparing myself to the beauty ads in magazines and on television. Models have the benefit of makeup artists who can cover any blemish and make the old look young. Remember, they don’t look that perfect in real life. Accept your skin and your looks and be thankful. Using the resolutions here can help your skin look its best.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.