A good resolution to start with is to use more sunblock. I recommend using SPF 40 or 50 religiously twice a day and every two hours if you are out in the sun. Apply to your face, neck, hands, and other exposed parts of your body. This is a good resolution to follow year round, not just in the summer.
Winter is the perfect time of the year to get rid of dead, dry skin all over the body, not just on the face. I am a big believer in body brushing every day before showering. Use a natural hair soft bristle body brush. Dry brush the whole body briskly with firm pressure in upward strokes, brushing toward the heart. Concentrate on thighs and buttocks with vigorous, upward strokes to minimize the appearance of cellulite, get rid of dry skin, and improve circulation. Follow up twice a week with an exfoliating scrub to get rid of all that dead skin.
After exfoliating in the shower, don’t forget to moisturize. Moisturizing can be an afterthought for some people as they think that the water from the shower hydrates the skin. Showering actually strips the skin of essential oils and leaves it dehydrated. An easy fix is to moisturize within 10 minutes of getting out of the shower as the skin starts to lose water vapor and dry out the longer you wait. After your shower, use a good body oil while skin is still wet to lock in moisture.
When you go to bed, put your skin to bed. The skin takes a beating through the day, so it’s essential to let your skin refresh and recharge at night. Before going to sleep, make sure to wash your face with a mild cleanser followed up by a toner or gentle exfoliant. End with a nourishing moisturizer. Incorporating skin brighteners and retinol into your nightly routine will stimulate the turnover of new cells and protect the hydration of the skin, giving your skin a fresh start the following morning.
In addition to all the topical products we can use, it’s essential to also take care of your skin from the inside out. The simplest way to do this is to drink lots of water. The Institute of Medicine recommends drinking between nine and 13 eight-ounce cups of water a day to stay hydrated and replenish the body’s water supply. If we don’t stay hydrated, skin will get dry, flaky and tight. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling and aging. It is also important to keep the body alkalized for inner health. Squeeze fresh lemon in your drinking water to cleanse the blood and keep the body alkaline. Most people see this as a dietary resolution, but drinking water flushes the toxins out of your body and keeps skin looking youthful and healthy.
By Hollie Tyler, Nurse Practitioner
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