New Year, New Skin Resolutions
According to a survey conducted by statista.com, 47% of people make a new years resolution to improve their health. Sadly only 8% stick to it past February 8th. The most overlooked area is one we specialise in and it is your skins wellbeing, so let us guide you through some New Years resolutions you can stick to!
Wear Sun Protection
Sunscreen isn't just for your summer holidays or the beach and should be worn throughout the year, as the damaging ultraviolet radiation are still very much around. Sunscreen should be broad-spectrum offering protection against UVA and UVB and at the very least SPF 15.
This is particularly important if you enjoy outdoor sports such as running, hiking or snow-sports. Regular sunscreen use will help prevent against the development of skin cancer and those ever looming signs of premature ageing.
Makeup bags, brushes, bathroom shelves are a breeding ground for bacteria. Makeup brushes especially should be cleaned at least on a monthly basis – which a shocking 74% of women neglect to do. Bacteria can easily build up on the surfaces of bristles after contact with your skin.
Products should not be used past their expiry date or should be discarded a certain amount of time after opening. This varies depending on product type. For example, two or three months for mascara and 12 months for liquid foundation. Expiry dates are usually listed on the side of products in a logo designed like an open jar, the number refers to months as a Period After Opening (PAO) date, e.g. 12M or 3M.
Use A Serum
Facial serums are concentrated, clear, gel-like solutions applied to the skin, which are made up of small molecules. This means that they are absorbed quickly and penetrate deep into the skin. They have a high concentration of active ingredients such as anti-oxidants, vitamins, or peptides.
An antioxidant serum can help limit damage caused by pollution and ultraviolet light. There is also some data that they may also improve the efficacy of your sunscreen.
Weekly Face Masks
Clay based masks are one of the best options for oily skin types that are prone to break-outs. Clay is a tried and loved ingredient at drawing out impurities that can lead to spots. Kaolin, also listed as China Clay, absorbs oil and helps matt the skin. Other ingredients that can be helpful include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, tea tree oil and retinol.
For dry skin types, look for a mask containing a solid amount of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most hydrophilic ("water-loving") molecules available on the market and has a high water-binding capacity.
See A Professional
Dermatologists can provide a more in-depth review for you, from checking your moles and rashes, to giving specific tailored advice for your unique situation. Nearly everyone can benefit from seeing this type of professional, even if it is just to ensure you're not splashing out on expensive and ill-fitting products.
Always check the General Medical Council online register to assess the professional accreditations of your dermatologist – in the UK anyone that has completed national training can be found on the specialist register.