New Year’s Skincare Resolutions to Make Now, According to a Facial Plastic Surgeon
As you make your New Year’s Resolutions, consider adding specific skincare resolutions to your list. After all, adopting a new skincare routine is a resolution you’ll likely be able to keep.
Dr. Paul Nassif, a leading facial plastic surgeon and formulator behind NassifMD® skincare, suggests a skincare routine focused on outcomes, including hydration, even skin tone, smooth texture, and firmness. These characteristics lead to younger, radiant skin at any age.
The key is choosing quality products with science-based active ingredients that are effective and deliver lasting results to incorporate into a simple daily routine.
Today’s article will walk you through foundation and new skincare strategies to achieve your goals. Keep reading to learn more about skincare resolutions:
- The importance of facial cleansing
- Facial serums to deliver concentrated active ingredients
- Getting the most from moisturizers
- Skin hydration, from the inside out
- The need for sunscreen
- How a weekly face mask changes everything
- Consistency, consistency, consistency
- How nutrition resolutions support skin health
New Year, new skin! Make 2024 the year of better skin.
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Skincare Routine
Starting a new skincare routine requires education and investing in yourself. It doesn’t need to be a complete overhaul; even one or two small changes to your daily routine can contribute to significant changes in your skin’s appearance.
Let’s walk through New Year’s resolutions to adopt for skin health. Pick a couple that resonate the most and start there.
Prioritize Facial Cleansing
If how to start a new skincare routine feels daunting, begin with a face cleanser; it’s foundational for everyone. Washing your face with a facial cleanser (face wash) is the non-negotiable first step in your routine. Wash morning and evening.
Choosing the best facial cleanser is essential. You want a cleanser that cleanses, hydrates, and nourishes without drying or stripping the face of natural oils. Adding a gentle exfoliator in a face wash, such as glycolic acid, provides a 2-for-1 cleansing and exfoliating action.
Cleanser options include:
- NassifMD® Purifying Glycolic Facial Cleanser is the best face wash option for many people. It promotes younger-looking skin by deeply cleansing and removing makeup and impurities. It also gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and expose new skin underneath.
- NassifMD® Dawn to Dusk AM + PM Facial Cleanser is a facial scrub utilizing phytic acid and Ecuadorian ivory palm seeds for gentle exfoliation morning and night. The synergy of ingredients and scrubbing action promotes refined, radiant, younger-looking skin.
- NassifMD® Detox Facial Pads are a best-selling NassifMD® product that exfoliates, detoxifies, and nourishes the skin with powerful antioxidants. We recommend using detox pads as a second step after cleansing a few times weekly. When traveling or short on time, use them in place of a cleanser and exfoliator.
Find a Face Serum that Works for You
Whether you have a simple skincare routine or a more complex one, a facial serum helps target concentrated active ingredients deep within the skin. Ingredients to look for in a face serum include:
- Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates by pulling water into the skin and keeping it there. It improves elasticity, tightness, and wrinkles, offering overall rejuvenation.
- Vitamin C nourishes and brightens the skin with concentrated antioxidants while stimulating collagen production and protecting the skin from UV damage.
- Retinol is a potent, anti-aging version of vitamin A that reduces wrinkles and fine lines and improves firmness and elasticity.
- Ceramides are natural lipid components of the skin that protect the skin barrier, protecting delicate skin cells and maintaining hydration.
NassifMD® Hydro-Screen Hydrating Serum is our most popular serum, providing concentrated hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and retinol. If you use just one serum, this should be your go-to in the New Year.
NassifMD® Radiance Brightening Booster serum contains concentrated vitamin C to reverse the signs of aging including dark spots and sun damage, protect the skin from free radicals, and brighten and even the skin tone. You can layer this vitamin C serum with NassifMD® Hydro-Screen if desired.
Read more about choosing the best face serum for you in this article: What are Face Serums and Do You Need to Add Them to Your Skincare Routine?
Apply Moisturizer Early and Often
Dry skin means dullness and more apparent signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrated skin is plump, glowing, and radiant. It looks younger. A quality facial moisturizer locks hydration into the skin, providing a protective skin barrier.
When choosing a moisturizer, you may want a thinner product for daytime use and in the summer and a thicker product at night and in the winter. Don’t neglect a moisturizer, like a facial cleanser; it’s a foundational product in every regimen.
Here are some of our favorite moisturizing creams:
- NassifMD® Pure Hydration Rejuvenating Night Cream – Best moisturizer for dry skin
- NassifMD® Soft Focus Hydrating Day Cream - Best face moisturizer for daytime
- NassifMD® Crepe Inhibitor Triple Action Body Butter – Best moisturizing cream for the body
- NassifMD® Skin Barrier Balm – Best face moisturizer for skin slugging
Drink More Water
As much as dry skin moisturizers help lock in hydration, don’t forget that skin hydration is an inside-out job. Your skin can only be as hydrated as the rest of the body.
Drinking enough water is essential for plump, glowing skin. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough each day. There isn’t an agreed-upon amount of water to drink from a scientific perspective, and you likely need more on some days than others. Here are some tips:
- Start with 8 glasses of water per day and add more to offset exercise, caffeine use, or alcohol consumption
- Make sure your urine is clear; if not, drink more water
- Add in electrolytes by increasing mineral-rich foods, adding a bit of salt to your food, or using an electrolyte supplement
- Herbal teas and sparkling water count as water intake
Wear SPF Moisturizer Year-Round
Sun exposure damages the skin over time, leading to accelerated aging, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. If you’ve been neglecting sunscreen, make this a priority for the New Year.
An easy way to add sunscreen to your routine is to choose a daytime moisturizer with SPF. You’ll get the benefits of a moisturizer plus SPF protection in one product.
NassifMD® Protect & Hydrate Daily Mineral Sunscreen is an SPF moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and a universal tint ideal for all skin types. It works well on its own or under makeup to protect your skin every day.
Face Mask Once Per Week
Face masks offer a deep treatment to help improve skin health, and healthy skin looks younger. Face masks improve skin moisture and promote rejuvenation. Several kinds of masks include sheet masks, peel-off makes, rinse-off masks, and hydrogels.
If your skincare basics are well established, you may want to add in a weekly mask in the New Year to bring your skin health to the next level. Try NassifMD® Micro-Spa Radiance Resurfacing Peel as an easy way to incorporate face mask skincare. This two-step process exfoliates, resurfaces, and deeply nourishes the skin.
Stick to a Consistent Skincare Routine
The body loves consistency; a consistent bedtime, mealtimes, exercise routine, etc., will do wonders for your health. Consistency with skincare is no exception. There is no need for complex skincare routines (unless you love them, then go for it).
Begin with a simple skincare routine twice per day. Choose quality products providing a synergy of active ingredients for maximum benefits.
Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet
Another way to promote skin health in the New Year is by eating a nutritious diet to supply the skin with nutrients and antioxidants that support the skin’s structure, function, and appearance.
Here are some nutrition components to prioritize:
- Eat an abundance of colorful produce. Plant foods contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to protect the skin from the sun and environmental impurities.
- Include collagen-rich foods like bone broth, tougher cuts of meat, or a collagen supplement. Collagen in the diet translates to more collagen in the skin.
- Increase omega-3s. Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory and help cool redness and irritation in the skin. Great sources are cold water fish like wild salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Add in walnuts and flax seeds for plant sources.
The New Year is a marker in time we celebrate by setting intentions for the future. If you desire to improve your skin’s health and appearance, facial plastic surgeon-formulated products will help you easily achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
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