Many of us are looking ahead to 2016 as a chance to recover our glow after too many late nights and too much holiday indulgence. Diet and exercise have a tendency to slide during this busy season, but with 2016 on the horizon, we have another opportunity to create new and healthy habits. Here are a few ideas you might consider incorporating into your routine during the New Year:
Don’t leave home without sunscreen in 2016. This is a habit many of us already practice, but resolve to be vigilant. Remember, sunscreen should be reapplied frequently if you’re out exercising or in full sunlight. Try to incorporate a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30 into your morning skincare regimen.
2. Toss old makeup
This is a great time to clean out your makeup drawer. Moisturizers and makeup provide an environment for the growth of bacteria, so you should toss your old tubes after a year at most. Mascara should be discarded after six months. Treat yourself to a new skin regimen as you start the New Year. Consider the purchase of a moisturizer with a good SPF as an extra time-limiting step in your routine.
3. Clean your makeup brushes
Your makeup brushes should be thoroughly washed each month, at minimum. You can use a mild shampoo or liquid hand soap, after moistening the brushes with tepid water. Rub the brush in the palm of your hand, rinsing frequently, until the water runs clear, then squeeze out excess water, reshape the brush, and allow it to air dry.
4. Commit to cleansing and moisturizing at night
It’s a good habit and one that easily fall to the wayside when the day is over. It can helpful to keep your night cream by the bedside, with a pack of facial cleansing wipes of tissue with a moisturizing cleanser. Makeup and daily grime clog pores and limit the restorative benefits of sleep. Let your skin breathe – it will look more radiant as a result.
5. Exfoliate your skin
Nothing dulls the radiance of your skin tones like layers of dead skin cells. Exfoliating once a week at minimum is one of the best uses of your time. Cell turnover, or renewal, diminishes rapidly in early adulthood. Use of a gentle face scrub once or twice a week can be coupled with chemical exfoliation, using a retinoid to boost collagen production.
It’s easy to rush out of the house without applying moisturizer, but it’s just as easy to make a habit of keeping a container of your favorite moisturizer in your bag, for those occasions when time is of the essence. Particularly in dry winter air, you may need to reapply moisturizer during the day. Don’t forget your hands and feet, and keep a good body moisture lotion by the bath to remind you to pamper your whole body.
7. Consider a multivitamin
Many of us forget to take a daily vitamin and with processed food or skipped meals, we simply do not get the right nutrients. Even better, consider planning a balanced diet for the best results for your skin and your hair.
8. Get enough sleep
Sleep is critical to cellular renewal, but most Americans are sleep deprived. When you’re not adequately rested, your body responds with increased stress hormones, like cortisol. Many studies have demonstrated a link between sleep deprivation and inflammation, with increases in all types of skin problems, from acne to increased sensitivity to irritants and exacerbations of chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Inflammation also breaks down collagen, leaving skin slack and dull. Finally, as you sleep, your body releases hormones to promote repair of damaged cells. If you don’t achieve an adequate period of deep sleep, the damaged cells will accumulate, adding years to your appearance.
9. Get a full body skin checkup this year
Although it’s important to examine your skin after your shower, it’s also a good idea to see your dermatologist annually, particularly if you have a family history of skin cancer or if you have risk factors, like excessive exposure to UV rays.
10. Get professional advice
Consider a skin care consultation with an experienced aesthetician that can help you select the right products to care for your skin. You may want to reconsider your makeup routine, particularly if you’ve tossed your old products. In addition to skin maintenance suggestions, an aesthetician may suggest a fresh approach to makeup application.
Enjoy the holidays!