Blemishes, blackheads, redness, excess oil and dryness – are these festive leftovers from holiday indulgences (party food, makeup, stress, less sleep) causing your skin to start the year a little less than fresh? Now is a great time to think about your overall heath and self-care goals and adopt a daily skin fitness routine to help you achieve them. With busy work, family and personal commitments to balance sticking with grand New Year’s Resolutions and making lasting positive change to our habits isn’t just hard, it can be nearly impossible.
According to Psychology Today, the secret to making resolutions stick is to adopt a series of small shifts that eventually add up to significant behavioral change. With that in mind, here are 10 micro skin care resolutions you can to work into your daily and weekly routines that will make a big impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Start small and make a big difference!
10 Micro-Resolutions for Skin Fitness
1. Wash your face 2x per day with a cleanser that is right for your skin
Healthy skin begins with the basics. Start and end your day with a fresh face by cleansing morning and night to remove makeup, dirt and oil that can build up and clog pores. Use a gentle cleanser and massage for at least 30 seconds before you rinse. If you can only adopt one small skin care change this year make this the one. Looking for the right cleanser for your skin? Ask Dr. Menezes about ZO Skin Health during your Skin Fitness consultation.
2. Exfoliate 2-3x per week
Our skin continuously creates new skin cells to replace old ones as they die. As we age the natural turn over of skin cells slows down which can lead to breakouts, dull, dry and even flaky skin. Adding exfoliation to your skin care routine a few times per week and working up to more encourages cell turn over, keeps skin looking fresh and allows your skin care products to penetrate deeper layers of the skin.
3. Stop sleeping in your makeup, sunscreen, aftershave etc.
When you sleep in makeup, sunscreen, lotion aftershave or any products you have applied earlier in the day you encourage bacterial growth and clogged pores that can make your skin look dull and increase breakouts.
4. Stop wearing moisturizer – for now
When your skin is healthy and ph balanced you may not need additional moisturizers to keep your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Instead of guessing which moisturizer or product is right for you tell Dr. Menezes about any dryness, flakiness or peeling you have experienced and bring a list of the products and moisturizers you currently use to your appointment. More often than not switching to medical-grade skin care and applying the right products for your skin will reduce the need for additional moisture.
5. Wear sunscreen every day
No single skin care product can protect your skin and prevent signs of aging better than a daily sunscreen. Summer sun and Kauai beach days aren’t the only times you should apply it as ultraviolet rays responsible for sun damage and skin cancer are present year-round, rain or shine. Today’s medical grade sunscreen products don’t just protect you from the sun they come in a wide variety of creams, primers, oils and formulas that multitask. Dr. Menezes’ Protect line of sunscreens are reef-safe, mineral based, water-resistant and won’t clog pores.
6. Wash your makeup brushes regularly
If makeup is a part of your daily routine cleanse your brushes with a daily spray cleanser (we like this one from Sephora) to avoid buildup and thoroughly clean with a gentle cleanser at least once a month to discourage bacteria from growing on your brushes and spreading to your makeup and skin.
7. Change pillowcases and bed sheets regularly
Oil and bacteria can build up on your pillowcases and sheets and transfer to your skin while you sleep. As a general rule of thumb, change your pillowcase once a week or every 3-4 days if you’re acne prone.
8. Skin Care is Self Care…
…and self care is health care! Stress has a way of showing up on our faces in the form of acne, fine lines and more. Treat yourself to a skin soothing treatment like HydraFacial once a month or budget for the laser or micropen treatment you’ve been curious about. Treat yourself to care and kindness your skin will thank you!
9. Schedule your annual Skin Fitness appointment at Melinda Menezes, MD
Our Skin Fitness consultations and annual appointments are a busy and fun experience that’s all about you. Find out what type of skin you have and which products and treatments are best for your unique goals. Take pictures with our VISIA Skin Assessment System and see the health of your skin from the cellular level. You’ll be able to track your progress and walk away with a individualized treatment plan and Skin Fitness routine that will help you get the best skin of your life.
10. See a dermatologist annually for a full-body skin check
Skin Fitness is an important part of maintaining healthy skin but be sure to see your dermatologist for a full-body skin check at least once a year. Report changes in the size, shape and texture of moles, freckles and birthmarks to prevent skin cancer and stay healthy.