If you’re here and reading this, you’re probably either a seasoned skincare aficionado who can’t get enough, or a newbie wanting to improve your complexion. It’s only natural: with Christmas behind us and the New Year fast approaching, it’s a time to think about making improvements for the New Year. But why wait until January to implement measures that will leave you with healthier, more beautiful skin right now? Here are 5 ways you can get a jump start on New Years resolutions and have better looking skin by January 1:
Cleanse Smart: You diligently wash your face every evening – but are you using dirty hands? From door handles and elevator buttons to shopping cart handles, your hands touch bacteria-infested surfaces throughout the day. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face. Only then should you cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser that will combat winter’s drying effects. For dry skin, we love Actifirm Serenity Cleanser.
Sip Green Tea: Hydration begins on the inside, and this time of year, cold, dry air outside and even drier heated air inside can take their toll. Drink lots of water throughout the day, but add green tea to the mix as well – it has anti-inflammatory properties to help with redness, irritation, and blotchiness, while antioxidants can help fight oxidative damage to skin.
Cut the Sweets: You’ve enjoyed an excess of pies, cookies, and candy since Thanksgiving – it’s time to curtail the sugar once and for all. Processed sugar can stiffen and age skin’s collagen, so avoid it for a real health and beauty payoff.
Change Your Pillowcase: A less-than-pristine pillowcase can wreak havoc on your skin. Wash your pillowcase often, and for a real skin treat, switch it out for a silk one, which can help minimize facial creasing and even wrinkle lines over the long haul.
Relax: Congrats! For better or worse, you’ve made it through the holidays. It’s a fact that stress can take its toll on your skin, so take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy life – your skin and overall health will reap the rewards.
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