New Year – New Skin!

Skin careWith each January comes a national onslaught of (usually) self-improvement style New Year’s resolutions. And why not?

If this is an opportunity to take more care and consideration over yourself than in other months of the year then that can only be a good thing.

Even if sticking to them rigidly wears off, it at least makes you more mindful of how you treat yourself, and others.

So what are the typical resolutions at this time of year? In addition to being kinder to others, the most popular are to improve oneself.

Typically, this might be – take regular exercise, stop smoking or cut down on alcohol. January is also the most popular time that people will detox for a couple of weeks.

So, if your body needs looking after, then why not your skin? Follow these commitments and see your skin reflect the healthy you, too.

1. Get glowing skin by being healthy from within

This first step is easy if you’ve already included a commitment to become healthier – as that can form part of your resolution to obtain better skin.

Cutting out smoking and reducing your alcohol intake, whilst increasing water intake and upping exercise, will all contribute to a healthier glow. If you stick to it it will also help to reduce hazardous free radicals that prematurely age your skin.

2. Stick to a proper daily skin care routine

If you don’t already do so, make now the time to invest in a thorough skin care routine.

If yours currently consists of splashing your face with water in the morning followed by a quick lather of moisturiser then using an all-in-one wipe to take your make-up off at the end of the day, you are not giving your skin enough due care and attention.

Use a cleanser to suit your age (roughly speaking – foam for under 30, cream for over), tone and moisturise with separate products, both in the day and in the evening.

During the day use a sunscreen or moisturiser with an SPF of at least 15. Your skin will also really benefit from an age-appropriate serum. If you are in your mid-thirties or above, look for products that include peptides and/or hyaluronic acid.

3. Invest in a ‘treat’ product

To help you stick to your resolutions, and to achieve optimum results, consider buying a product that is out of your usual price range.

If you find that you usually skip toning, or can’t be bothered to apply a serum below your moisturiser, buy a toner or serum that you’ll be inspired to use daily. You’ll not only see the benefits of more expensive ingredients but you’ll be less likely to let it run out and therefore waste your money!

4. Give yourself skin ‘goals’

If you have set yourself to lose a stone by the middle of the year, why not aim to look two years younger by the end of the year?

It may seem a harder goal to achieve but as with anything, committing to written goals increases the likelihood of achieving them. You will be more likely to stick to a skin care routine, and invest in anti-ageing products that work.

You could also put money aside each month for a course of skin treatments that will help to create a more youthful appearance. Treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels will work alongside a good skin care routine in creating a fresher, younger look.

Happy New Year and good luck!