NEW YEAR, NEW SKIN

Have you made your beauty resolutions?  

It feels like every year we make a list, check it twice, and get motivated to take better care of our skin. But by February, those best laid plans are usually overlooked. Life, work, kids, boyfriends tend to get in the way and we’re all just so busy (and sometimes lazy). 

Here are our 5 rules for making this year a great skin experience:

Debride your bathroom cabinet

You know those jars of cream, tubes or gels and bottles of lotion that are stuffed into your medicine cabinet and making it hard to find things in the morning? It’s a perfect time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last six months. If it is expired, ditch it. If you haven’t used it and it is still good, give it to a deserving friend. Keep only the best products that you love to use and work well for your skin type. P.S. Next, do the same for your makeup drawer. 

Invest in the perfect sun protection

Choose an SPF30 that does it all from a brand you can trust. Look for a high SPF, broad spectrum, with antioxidants, tinted if you prefer it, and a cream or lotion that glides on easily. Some of our favorites are the new formulations from SkinMedica, La Roche Posay and Skinceuticals that offer advanced protection. Pledge to use your sun protection every day, 365days/year, even in the rain or cloudy days, with no exception. Your skin will thank you. 

Swear off sugar

Sugar is an enemy of good skin, and as you know, it can be found in just about everything you eat or drink. Avoid processed foods that are usually loaded with sugar, salt and fat and can make you look bloated and puffy. If you’re craving something sweet, try a bottle of coconut water, bite into a ripe peach or yellow apple, or snack on a handful of raisins, or a fruity sugar-free cup of Jello® instead. 

Cut down on alcohol & caffeine

Yes, we know there is resveratrol in red wine and coffee does offer antioxidant benefits too, but in general, too much wine and spirits, as well as overloading on coffee, tea and Diet Coke can wreak havoc on your good skin care habits. Alcohol and caffeine are very dehydrating. Let’s face it – no woman looks her best the morning after a night of binge drinking. 

DERMAFLASH weekly

We may be a little biased, but we know that using your DERMAFLASH system every week can have long term skin benefits. Exfoliation is a key component for creating and maintaining healthy skin. It helps to turn over your cells and keep skin functioning properly. And everyone has 10 minutes a week to slough off the dead cells and make room for fresh, new ones. 

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