The New Year Skin Rules
Skin care can be broken down into two categories—non-negotiable and nonessential (like sunscreen vs fillers). If your goal is to take better care of your skin this year, here are four places to start:
Wear sunscreen every day Rain or shine. Indoors or outdoors. Even if you’re just walking the dog for ten minutes. Being vigilant about SPF is your best defense against premature aging and skin cancer. Additionally, According to SkinCancer.org, an estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun. UV rays are also the culprit for up to 90 percent of all nonmelanoma skin cancers. Resolve to incorporate sunscreen into your morning routine—it’s essential for blocking those harmful UV rays. Luckily, there are a lot of non-sticky formulas to choose from now, like our in-office favorite, EltaMD®.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate Without adequate H20 intake, you’re dehydrating yourself from the inside out. Drier skin tends to exacerbate the look of pores, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, etc. Water is key to keeping skin looking radiant and youthful.
Moisturize beyond your face Key spots to target? Your neck, chest and the backs of your hands. The skin in these areas is naturally thinner and drier, meaning these areas are prone to aging faster. A swipe of moisturizer twice a day will keep years at bay (this goes for sunscreen coverage too).
Re-evaluate your skin care needs Have you updated your skin care regimen lately? Whether you need to focus on a different problem area or adapt your skin to the current season, it might be time to analyze each step of your skin care routine. From time to time, ask yourself what each product or treatment is bringing to the table. Maybe it’s time to incorporate regular facials into your regimen, try dermaplaning, or add a new serum to the mix.
If you have any questions about general skin care or new products and treatments you’d like to add to your regimen, call us at 512.379.6090 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.