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According to a survey by Ipsos for Urban Plates, 51 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions for 2020 resolved to manage their finances better and eat healthier.
While both of these are lofty goals, it’s not too late to add a third resolution to everyone’s list: adopt healthy skin habits.
“Given the fact that you live in your skin 24/7, 365 days a year and will carry it with you throughout your life, we think that taking care of your skin is just as important as eating well and smart budgeting,” says Richard Price, M.D. of Price Skin Care Clinic of Ridgeland, MS.
And to help you do that, we’ve put together a list featuring ‘Nine Tips for Healthier Skin in 2020’. Follow these simple tips and you’re skin will thank you for years to come.
Tip # 1: Inventory Your Skin Care Products
When is the last time you went through all of your skin care products, kept the best and culled the rest? Now is the perfect time to do that.
Gather all of your skin care products and set aside the ones you haven’t used for several months as well as the ones that are out-of-date. The expiration dates are there for a reason, so if it’s past the date, throw it in the trash.
This task alone will streamline your skin care regimen just by eliminating product clutter.
Tip #2: Protect Your Skin from the Sun 365 Days a Year
We can’t say enough about the harmful effects that the sun can have on your skin.
Regardless of the weather or the season, the sun can damage your skin and promote premature aging. But more importantly, it cause fatal skin cancer diseases such as melanoma.
You just can’t be too careful in protecting your skin from the sun’s ultra violet rays.
For these reasons, we recommend following these basic sun safe guidelines:
• Apply daily a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher.
• Limit the time you spend in the sun each day, especially during the peak hours of 10 am – 2 pm.
• Stay in the shade when possible amd cover exposed areas with light clothing.
• Wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Tip #3: Take Your Make Up Off Before Bed
Your skin needs to breathe at night and wearing your make up while sleeping doesn’t help with that. If you’re not in the habit of doing it already, make sure you remove your make up before going to bed. This will reduce breakouts and help keep your pores clean.
Tip #4: Don’t Forget To Care for Your Body Skin
It’s common to focus on caring for facial skin, because that’s what you see when you look in the mirror. But don’t neglect the rest of your body. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize the skin on your body daily just as you do your face.
In addition, bathe and shower with lukewarm water rather than hot water, which can deplete the natural oils from your skin causing dryness.
Tip #5: Show Some Love to Your Lips
The wind and the sun can do a number on the delicate skin of your lips causing them to chap or split. If you haven’t already introduce a lip care regimen to your skin care plan that includes weekly lip scrubs, treatments and lip balm when needed. Don’t wait until you have lip problems to show your lips some love.
Tip #6: Humidify Your Environment
Dehydration is often the cause of a number of skin problems. Take advantage of time spent at your laptop or in your car and use a portable humidifier. Even better, keep one in your bedroom and run it while sleeping.
Tip #7: Sleep Well
In today’s culture sleep is often underrated and taken for granted. Scientists are learning that a good night’s sleep is paramount to good health. Even your skin needs a good night’s rest so try to get 7-8 hours of sleep daily.
Tip #8: Drink Up (Water That Is!)
You may know that the largest organ on the human body is the skin. And because it’s the largest organ, it needs a lot of water to stay healthy. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s not only good for the health of your skin but for the rest of your body as well.
#9: Come See Us!
We’re not kidding! You really should see a skin doctor at least one a year. We’ll do a complete skin check to make sure your skin is healthy and disease-free. We can also offer advice for any problem areas you may have and help you develop a skin care regimen that’s tailored to your special needs.