Is a happier, healthier you on the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions? Taking care of your skin is one of the easiest ways you can feel and look good both inside and out. Here, the skin care specialists at Burt Plastic Surgery share five simple ways you can achieve fresh, younger-looking skin this New Year.
1. Wash Makeup Off Nightly
It may seem harmless, but not washing your makeup off at night is detrimental to your skin. Throughout the day, oils, dead skin cells, bacteria and other pollutants build up on your skin, leading to blemishes. Additionally, sleeping with your makeup on can make wrinkles and crow’s feet appear more prominently on your face, creating a tired and older-looking appearance. Cleanse your face daily with a retinoid formula that keeps the skin clean and moisturized. Everyone’s skin is unique, so it is important to select products that work for your specific skin type. The skin care specialists at Burt Plastic Surgery will gladly help you find your best options!
2. Replace Makeup Brushes Regularly
When was the last time you bought new makeup brushes? Makeup brushes can easily trap oils and bacteria, causing skin flare-ups and blemishes. To avoid this, wash your makeup brushes with mild soap and water at least once a month and replace them every three months. Write down the date of purchase to remind yourself when it’s time to buy new ones.
3. Practice Proper Sun Protection Year Round
Lathering on sunscreen during the summer is not enough to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Your skin is still at risk for sun damage (i.e., wrinkles, sun spots and uneven skin pigmentation) during winter weather. Make it a habit to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 every time you are outside for more than 15 minutes. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your facial skin (including the area around the eyes) from the sun.
4. Quit Smoking
Not only does smoking cause widespread health problems, it also ages and weakens the skin. Smoking decreases oxygen supply and breaks down elastin, a protein that keeps skin firm and elastic. If you smoke, consider quitting cold-turkey; or if you’re having difficulty quitting, talk to your primary care doctor about smoking cessation aids.
5. Treat Yourself to a Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
Have premature wrinkles, fine lines or sun damage begun to surface on your face? Burt Plastic Surgery offers a range of skin rejuvenation treatments to replenish and refresh the skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses pulsating beams to vaporize old, damaged skin cells and make way for healthier skin. Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that sheds the superficial layers of the skin, promoting collagen regeneration in the process. BOTOX injections eliminate wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes and forehead, delivering younger-looking skin instantly.
Do you want to learn more about how you can achieve a more beautiful and radiant complexion this New Year? The skin care specialists at Burt Plastic Surgery are here to answer all of your questions. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.