For most of you, I’m sure that getting or staying fit and healthy is on your New Year’s Resolution list. This resolution made the Top Ten list for last year and it’s important to us, too.
But staying fit and healthy means so much more than dieting and exercising. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and needs attention and daily care. Failing to make your skin a priority can have long-lasting (and sometimes devastating) consequences. Fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer are all consequences of neglecting and abusing your skin. The good news is that you have control over your skin care choices, and even the most neglected skin issues can be dramatically improved!
This year we resolve to help YOU achieve the skin health you want! Here are some Skin Care resolutions that will dramatically improve your skin:
#1 Identify Your Skin Problems… and resolve to change it!
You don’t have to just accept fine lines, acne, dry skin, oily skin, or sun damage! In fact, many skin issues can be reversed or dramatically improved with very little effort. It could be as simple as realizing that you are using the wrong cleanser or sunscreen. If you have long term skin issues, don’t just ignore them. Get a professional consultation and find out what it will take to get on the path to fixing it.
#2 Reconsider Your Routine
From having a drug store cleanser to having the most expensive department store brands decorating your bathroom counter, your skin care regimen could be hurting your skin. It’s time to take stock of your products (or lack of products) and be sure that what you spend your money on is a) helping and not hurting, b) doing what the product says it will do, and c) worth your time and money.
When choosing a product to apply to your skin, there are 3 basic categories: drugstore/store shelf products, department store products, and professional products. There are a lot of expensive products out there that do not follow through on their claims, just as there are drugstore products that fall short. A lot of times, a $200 moisturizer from the department store is hype, marketing, and packaging with no more benefit than the $13 moisturizer at CVS. More expensive does not equal more active or more results.
We use professional skin care lines that we know is rigorously tested. We can read the label or look at their website, and we know what the ingredient is that is working hard to improve the skin. We can see and feel improvements. And what’s more, professional products are often less expensive, and give better results, than department store lines.
Feel your skin. Look closely. Are you dry? Oily? Dehydrated (fine lines along the jawline or cheeks will show if your skin is dehydrated). Have you been using the same cleanser or moisturizer for years… just because? Because its what you always buy or because it smells good? Are your products expired? Most importantly, are you happy with your skin care products? Are they doing something beneficial for your skin?
Empty your make-up bag. How long have you used that foundation or mascara? Did you know that your mineral or organic products need to be replaced much more often because they expire quickly? Is your eyeshadow or lipstick still hanging out from 1985? The older your makeup is, the more chance that it has been contaminated by old sponges, dirty hands or unwashed brushes.
This New Year is a chance for you to toss out the old, the things that aren’t working for you, and to bring in more products that make you happy and that you feel proud to talk about. Start using products that put your hard earned money to work for you. You are going to buy a cleanser or eye cream. Make sure it’s worth your time and money.
If you’re ready to change some things around, to find products that work hard for you and your goals, let us know! Contact us for a consult and we can put together a dream skin care regimen for all price points!
Flawless Face & Body Team