New Year’s Skin Care Resolutions

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.

Explore Serums

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.

Try a Device

The new year is a great time to really rev up your skin and maximize the effectiveness of your skin care products, so consider investing in a device that will supercharge your regimen. The FOREO Cleansing Devices uses transdermal sonic pulsations to gently unclog pores of dirt, oil and makeup residue, while removing dead skin cells. The result is a much deeper clean than washing by hand. Moving ahead, you can embrace the latest skin care technology with the NuFace Trinity device. This innovative tool uses microcurrent waves to encourage elastin and collagen production. It stimulates your skin, toning and lifting facial muscles to reduce the signs of aging.

More devices are available in the skin care arsenal to help you meet your New Year goal of healthier, more beautiful skin. Baby Quasar brings the science of light therapy to home treatment. To fight periorbital wrinkles, the Baby Quasar – Red Plussends LED pulses along the red and infrared wavelengths to increase blood flow and circulation. This stimulates cell renewal and enhances the development of collagen and elastin fibers for firmer, more youthful skin. If winning the fight against acne is one of your New Year resolutions, enlist the aid of Baby Quasar – Baby Blue. It channels the power of blue light wavelengths to effectively fight acne breakouts without the inconvenience and expense of visits to the dermatologist’s office.

An additional approach to beautifying your body in 2014 is to explore the possibilities of products that fight cellulite. Vivite Daily Firming Lotion harnesses the power of stimulating caffeine to improve firmness and reduce cellulite and adds a glycolic acid compound to resurface the skin, giving your skin a renewed, radiant softness and smooth texture. Another approach is offered by myBody in its Fitting Room Body Slimming Kit. The three products in the kit work together to firm, tone and tighten the skin and fight the appearance of cellulite as well as signs of aging.

With so many options available to beautify and improve your skin, there isn’t a better time than the New Year to achieve a new and beautiful look. Now is the time to take the first steps toward an improved approach to revealing, caring for and protecting your skin.

Writer and expert