It's the time of year when we all get motivated to trade in our bad habits in exchange for some new-and-improved ones. Instead of overwhelming overhauls, we are planning simple beauty tweaks and little lifestyle improvements that are a snap to maintain Here are some handpicked resolutions that will lead you to a more beautiful year.
#1. Sleep More
Are we all guilty of this? Spending more time awake than we are asleep. Life gets in the way but sleep is one of the most important gifts we can give our skin. Resting encourages skin to restore and repair. Anti-aging activity occurs while you sleep-multitasking was never easier! Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can exacerbate chronic skin conditions and even accelerate skin aging. We need sufficient sleep to repair the cutaneous insults we encounter daily.
Legions of modern wonder women who are chronically stressed-sapped and time-strapped are depending on advanced medical aesthetic technology to help counter the impact of their lifestyle. Besides the familiar Botox to unknot frown lines, treatments like Thermage radiofrequency skin-tightening and Baby Drop Fillers are hot favourites, since women can slip in between business appointments for their beauty fixes, walk out of the office looking refreshed immediately after and just dive right back into their busy schedules without downtime. Another big plus? Most would only require a repeat treatment about 12 months later for the Thermage, or in 4 to 6 months’ time for Botox and fillers.
#2. Stop Picking at Your Face
The knee-jerk reaction to a new blemish is to pick it or pop it, but touching the pimple can cause infection or the bacteria to spread, resulting in a further breakout. This year, cover blemishes with an acne patch to speed healing and ease the urge to pick at them. Peter Thomas Roth’s medicated invisible dots contain salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid, a humectant that helps keep skin under the patch moist and prevents dryness.
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#3. Clean Makeup brushes
Brushes full of dirt and grime are not going to do your complexion any favors, and can clog pores and cause breakouts. Make a vow to regularly clean your brushes once a week to rid them of lingering bacteria; your skin will thank you.
#4. Wear SPF
This is non negotiable. You can subject your complexion to sun damage during any season, even when it’s cloudy out. Wearing a sunscreen daily is the only way to protect against and prevent skin damage and cancer. With SPF 50 and potential shield against UVA and UVB rays, free radicals and environmental pollution, Chanel SUBLIMAGE La Protection UV is at the top of our wish list. Skin looks amazingly hydrated, smooth, even and luminous after using.
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#5. Get a Facial
For those prone to blemishes, cysts, whiteheads, or blackheads, a deep pore-cleansing facial by a skilled aesthetician is important. Skin-care products you use at home should help keep breakouts to a minimum, but nothing is more effective at cleaning out pores than manual extractions.
In a professional facial, an aesthetician will first exfoliate to remove surface dry-cell build-up, and then prepare the skin with steam and softening creams. Next, the pores are gently squeezed to remove old oil, congestion (called closed comedones), and blackheads, to make skin look smoother and clearer and mitigate breakouts. A finishing mask with cooling ingredients will make redness disappear and infuse hydration into thirsty cells. It's best to get a facial every month or two for best results, but if that’s not possible, aim for one with the change of each season. If you're on a budget, consider getting a facial at a school where aestheticians are in training (but are closely monitored by their instructors).