We are all super busy with work, taking care of our families, and just getting through each day. Among all the so-called goals and resolutions for the new year, the last thing we want is to make caring for our skin complicated.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
This is not a joke or “old wives tale.” Getting sufficient sleep not only helps to restore and repair your skin at night, but also makes you feel better and look your best. While we sleep, the stress hormone cortisol is released to help our skin repair the damage from the day. At the same time, the body creates collagen as we sleep, which minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. Burning the midnight oil or binging on Netflix shows does not promote glowing skin.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
Begin by cleansing your skin with a simple and mild cleanser. Look for one that is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Ask Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates for recommendations on specific products that can offer the best benefits to your unique skin type.
Choose a Consistent Daily Routine
Your routine doesn’t have to take a lot of time. The key is to be consistent. Start by practicing these three steps every day:
- Wash your face day and night. Use a gentle cleanser and wash with lukewarm water. Do this in the morning, before bed, and after exercising. Never go to bed with your makeup on. If you have been guilty of this in the past, here is one important change you can make.
- Moisturize daily. Your skin needs moisture to breathe and stay healthy. Consider using a thicker version at night while you sleep.
- Make sunscreen a daily part of your routine. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cloudy or sunny, or the time of the year. Protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays that can easily damage your skin and increase signs of aging. Let’s not forget about the risk of skin cancer.
Eat Better and Stay Hydrated
Sticking to a healthy diet and reducing the amount of processed foods you consume is a good start toward healthy glowing skin. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
The Next Steps
Once you have mastered each of these simplistic skincare tips, you might want to look at existing damage to your skin. If you have dark spots, uneven skin tone, and stubborn fine lines and wrinkles, there are options available to you from our specialists in the North Boston area.
Consult with Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates about additional ways to care for your skin, or to discuss treatment options to repair any existing damage to your skin.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (781) 438-6350 today!