By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
Want to wake up with your best skin possible? In time for the New Year follow these top 17 skin resolutions that will make you #sleepyoungwakeupyounger this 2017!
1.Rest. No matter how expensive your makeup is, or how often you look “on-fleek,” nothing can refresh and rejuvenate your skin better than clocking in the right amount of sleep. Quality rapid eye movement or active sleep happens earlier at night. Also, the more you have quality sleep, the less chance for the cortisol hormone to shoot up. High cortisol levels may cause cellular damage and even cause pigment cells to be more hyperactive, thus darkening of the skin.
2.No makeup before bed. If you keep forgetting to take it off (wipes do not count), do it the first thing you get home. Just remember: no make-up means no clogged pores, no blemishes, and less hassle!
3.Go try and use ReFA. ReFa carat roller is for perfecting the skin without doing a facial. You can place it in the fridge and then use it to go up and down the face. It will stimulate skin and muscle causing increase stimulation, without the massage, and kneading technique of aesthetician’s facial treatments.
4.Topical antioxidants. After removing dirt and makeup with makeup remover oil or wipes, apply antioxidant serums such as 20 percent vitamin C and E or astaxanthin. They neutralize free radicals before they can trigger the wrinkle and pigment formation in the skin. Do this at least once a day.
5.Eat right. Eat your fiber to stay fuller. Getting this from natural sources like vegetables and fruits keeps you more full and prevents overeating. Also, be careful of the artificial sugars and processed ingredients contained in dressings when you eat salad. Be more conscious with what you eat, but do not forget to indulge once in a while, too! Choosing healthier meals is easier when you know you do not have to restrict yourself.
6.Cold showers. Hot ones can strip your skin of oils and make it dry. Try cold 10-minute showers instead and see the difference!
7.Sunscreen. Apply all the time. No matter how sunny, cloudy, or rainy it is, put sunscreen on (at least SPF 30). And a once-a-day application is not okay. Slather it on every four hours for maximum protection from the sun’s rays. Look for physical sunblock with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which provides a stronger block compared to chemical sunblock. Put a small bottle in every bag so you won’t forget to wear it.
8.Keep sheets clean. Dead skin cells, bacteria, oils, and sweat are just some of the things you sleep in. This is why your bed sheets may be to blame for some of your blemishes. Wash your pillows, pillowcases, and sheets once a week, and change your pillows twice a year.
9.Clean your phone, too. Bacteria can get trapped in your phone, and when it touches your skin, especially when it perspires or gets oily, bacteria can get in there, too. Phone acne is real, thus cleaning your phone is a must. Wipe it down well with antibacterial wipes or better yet, use headphones instead.
10.Exercise, dance, or run. Whichever way you prefer, move more this 201. Exercising helps with blood circulation, transporting all-important nutrients and oxygen into your skin. Get up and move!
11.Exfoliate. Slough off those dead skin cells for an instant glow. You can do with manual exfoliation using washcloth or Konjac sponge combined with a foaming cleanser. Or you might want to try physician-guided chemical exfoliation like glycolic acid or salicylic acid peels for more pronounced effect. But too much might irritate your skin. Limit it to once or twice a week for best results.
12.Try PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma micro-needling or laser infusion to boost collagen at least once a year or inclusion of PRP to your cream (ask your physician regarding this). PRP is when your doctor draws blood from you and centrifuge it for a few hours to separate growth factor-rich platelets good to create collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid for skin repair and rejuvenation. It also inhibits melanin production at the cellular level thus help lessen pigment formation.
13.Treat your neck well. Your neck also shows signs of aging. In fact, it is an easy indicator of how much one has aged. So don’t forget to moisturize and apply sunscreen on that area, too!
14.Regular laser and Alpha hydroxy acid treatments. Investing in your skin with regular treatments will help your skin look, heal, and rejuvenate faster and better. Especially for acne-prone individuals, it is the best way to clear out the acne for good.
15.Please don’t pop. Resist the urge to pop that pimple, no matter what. Popping can lead to an infection, which is much worse than having a pimple in the first place. Have an effective acne cream at home, and visit your dermatologist for proper extraction.
16.Stick to a routine. Choose a routine that is easy to follow. This means keeping it simple so your skin will get maximum care without the irritation and allergies of using too much. Every skin is different, so consult with your dermatologist for the best skin regimen for you.
17.Replace your synthetic oil makeup remover or hairbrush cleanser with ingredients like virgin coconut oil. This cleanses and nourishes the skin naturally compared to its synthetic counterpart.
It’s true that, sometimes, old habits die hard. But it is also true when they say that nothing changes if nothing changes! It is never too late or too early to start taking care of your skin. So start making that step, no matter how small, as long as you don’t stop. May this year be better and beautiful for you!