The New Year is a symbolization of a fresh start and endless possibilities. It is also the time of the year when many of us make resolutions. Setting skin care resolutions is a great way to better your skin health for the long term. Here are the top 5 skin care resolutions to easily improve your skin health in 2019:
1. Wear SPF Sunscreen Daily
According to Dr. Steven Deliduka, board-certified dermatologist for Forefront Dermatology, “the best protection against premature skin aging and skin cancer is to apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is needed regardless of the season or weather conditions. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is strong enough to reach your skin even on the cloudiest of days.”
2. Wash off Makeup Nightly
Makeup wearers everywhere are guilty of this from time-to-time. After a long day, washing off your makeup can seem like the ultimate chore. Unfortunately, sleeping in your makeup leads to clogged pores, blemishes and possibly even infections. Take a couple minutes every night to wash your face before it hits the pillow. Your skin will thank you.
3. Moisturize Daily
Everyone should be using a daily moisturizer to help your skin maintain a balanced hydration. If you are tight on time, consider using a two-in-one moisturizing body wash.
4. Check Expiration Dates on Skin Care Products
It can be hard to let go of the old skin care products tucked away in your bathroom vanity. We commonly tell ourselves “it’s still good”, “I’ll use it someday” or “do you realize how much that cost”, but unfortunately old and expired products can be harmful on our skin. According to Dr. Deliduka,
“old products not only lose their effectiveness, but they may cause an irritation or allergic reaction, or even harbor bacteria which can lead to an infection or increase your chances of acne.”
5. Schedule a Skin Cancer Screening
We saved the best, and most important, for last. As we have said it before, and we will say it again – early detection saves lives. While it may seem inconvenient to add another appointment to your busy schedule, it is important to understand that with early detection many skin cancers have a high cure rate. One person dies every 54 minutes from melanoma. Don’t become a statistic a statistic this year. Be proactive and schedule your skin exam today.
At Forefront Dermatology, we know that life is all about the moments when you don’t need us. That’s why we’re here for all the moments when you do. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment plans for all stages and ages – even the tiniest of patients! Find a location near you today.