We’ve all been there. We indulge ourselves during the holidays – eating too many sweets, perhaps drinking more alcoholic beverages than normal, stressing our bodies with too many late nights and not enough rest, and despite our best intentions in the busyness of the season, we often neglect our skin care regimen. Then the New Year rolls around, and we resolve to treat our bodies better. This year, take a new approach to pampering your skin, one that will reveal its natural, glowing beauty. The results you see will encourage you to follow through on your resolutions throughout the year!
Beauty from the inside
The first step in beautifying your skin is to work from the inside. Hydration is critical to beautiful skin, and you can begin your new year regimen without spending a penny! Drink water, lots of it, and reduce or eliminate those dehydrating alcoholic beverages. Put away the boxes of sweets and begin snacking on healthy fruits and vegetables that support the strengthening and conditioning of your skin. Get your body moving, whether it’s simply going for brisk walks or joining the crowd at the gym. Physical activity revs up your circulation, which in turn benefits your skin, imparting a healthy glow.
Serums are a great way to help reveal fresh new skin, and if you haven’t tried using one before, the New Year is a great time to start enjoying their concentrated benefits. They can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, brighten and even skin tone, and help reduce blemishes and unwanted dark spots. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum is ideal for those with blemish-prone skin and a concern about premature aging. The serum works to unblock and tighten enlarged pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and fight blemishes. Another highly recommended serum is SkinMedica Retinol Complex .25. This formula uses three forms of stabilized vitamin A (retinoids) to increase cell renewal and reduce fine lines and hyper-pigmentation. It can take time for your body to become accustomed to the use of retinols, so if you’ve never used them before, start slowly. Use the product just once every few days, then, as your skin acclimates itself, increase the frequency of use, and then work your way up to a higher concentration. Important Note: Your skin becomes particularly vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects when you use a serum or other product formulated to accelerate the skin’s natural renewal process, so it is vital to include an effective sunscreen product in your skin care routine.