Whether you are a beginner or expert in the dermatology department, the new year brings an opportunity to refresh (or get serious about) your skincare routine. As we get older and experience signs of aging, it is important to invest in the health of our skin. This starts with a thorough skincare regimen coupled with quality products and services.
If you are significantly revamping your skincare program, snap a before photo to track your progress. Find an accountability partner and don’t let each other miss your morning or nightly routines. Consistency is key! Here are some of our tips for healthy, glowing, youthful skin.
Never Neglect the Neck (and Décolletage)
For ultimate hydration, be sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize your face, neck, and décolletage every morning and night with your favorite products. Signs of aging quickly creep up on the neck and chest because of most neglect these areas when applying sunscreen and performing their daily skincare routines.
Drink More H20
A no-brainer here – it is vital to hydrate your skin from the inside out by consuming an adequate amount of water every day. Not sure how much water to drink? You should set your goal between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, according to WebMD. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, try to consume anywhere from 75-150 ounces of water a day.
Exfoliation Is Essential
And not just for your face. Exfoliation removes dry/dead skin cells and improves blood circulation to reveal healthy, glowing and youthful skin. Our go-to product is the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. This smooth cream exfoliator refines, revitalizes and smooths skin without the abrasive formula you might be used to. The fruit enzymes are something we look forward to on a weekly basis. Never miss a Monday exfoliation!
Opt for Lukewarm Showers
While hot water may feel amazing on sore muscles, it can actually do a disservice to your skin. According to Ideal Image Medical Director, Dr. Holly Hickman, hot showers can strip your skin of natural oils leaving you with dry, itchy skin. A blast of colder water can also help calm redness and temporarily tighten pores.
Shield Face + Body with SPF
Apply sunscreen every…single…day… to your face and any area of the body that is regularly exposed to sunlight and harmful UV rays. Find a product with at least SPF 30 and stick to it. We love the Elemis Daily Defense Shield SPF 30. It is clinically proven to protect against UVA, UVB, environmental pollution and high-energy visible light (HEVL). Plus, the formula is super lightweight for everyday use.
How do you plan to step up your skincare routine this year? Whatever you decide, coupled with the extra ZZZs you promised yourself, you’ll be looking and feeling refreshed. Here we go, let’s rock 2019!