Skin Care Resolutions

Any time is a great time to make a resolution that will improve the quality of your life, but the ringing in of a new year is a popular time to reflect on the past and look forward to new goals. If you did not meet all of your resolutions in the past year, that’s okay. The new year gives you a chance to start fresh. If better skin care is one of your resolutions, here are a few dermatologist tips to help you meet your goals.

Annual skin exam
A visit to your dermatologist for an annual skin exam can help you make the most out of your skin care routine and help you detect any skin cancer early. Most skin cancers are curable if detected and treated early. Take action right now. Call your dermatologist today to make an appointment, or at the very least make a note on your calendar or to-do list to schedule your annual exam. It could save your life.

Remember sun protection
It’s not news. We all know that it is important to protect our skin from the sun when outdoors; we just don’t all always follow those words of wisdom. Try to resolve to be better in the new year about covering up when outdoors. Daily sunscreen on the face, neck, and hands is recommended. When outdoors for extended periods of time, use sunscreen to protect exposed skin or wear protective clothing.

Cleansing and moisturizing
Cleansing and moisturizing should be part of your daily skin routine but be careful not to over cleanse or use harsh cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils. Skin types vary from overly oily to overly dry or sensitive. Cleansers and moisturizers are not one size fits all. To understand the right products you should be using for your skin type, talk to your dermatologist at your annual skin exam. Some dermatologists offer medical grade skin care products that can help you get your skin in better shape. Otherwise, your dermatologist can recommend the appropriate over the counter products that are best for your skin type.

Nutrition, exercise, and stress
The foods you eat, the activities you participate in, and how you manage stress can all affect the health of your skin. Investing in healthier food choices and regular exercise can help your skin maintain a healthy glow. Likewise, managing stress can help you keep years off your skin. A healthy lifestyle will show in the look and glow of your skin.

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