With another year in motion, you may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. You may have an arsenal of vices you want to offload this year, or you may simply want to develop some positive, new habits.
One thing that will pay dividends down the line is to resolve to take care of your health, especially your skin. Consider the following skin-care resolutions:
- Use sunscreen – Few people think to use sunscreen in winter, but remember that UV rays can still wreak havoc on your skin, even when there is cloud cover.
- Get annual checkups – Skin cancer is often curable when detected early. See your doctor at least once a year and ask about any skin irregularities.
- Watch for skin spots and changing moles – If you observe a change in the color and shape of moles or lesions, see a dermatologist immediately.
- Moisturize after showering – Make it a habit to apply lotion or skin oil right as you exit the shower. Also, make sure to use lukewarm rather than hot water.
- Remove makeup before going to bed – If you go to bed late, you may have a tough time finding the resolve to properly clean your face. To avoid ongoing skin problems, though, it’s vital to wash your face each evening. Set a specific time to stop your activities and cleanse your face before you get too tired.
- Exfoliate regularly – Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to keep your skin youthful and vibrant. Exfoliate regularly but not too often as it can irritate the skin. Once or twice a week should be adequate.
- Don’t neglect hands and feet – A lot of people take care of their faces using moisturizer and anti-wrinkle cream, but they forget to take care of their hands and feet. Moisturize your extremities to keep them looking their best. Apply sunscreen to your hands when going out and use gloves as a protection on cold days.
- Drink enough water – Drink around eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated. You may not feel thirsty during the cold, winter months, but it’s critical to keep the water coming.
Seize the momentum of the New Year to start forming fresh habits that will help you look and feel better all year long.