Less caffeine, more greens, use more than just the sauna at the gym… we are all pretty good at making New Year’s Resolutions but sticking to them can be rather tricky. One of the issues with New Year’s resolutions is that we try to take on too much at once and lose enthusiasm.
Instead, we’re interested in simple skincare resolutions this year at the Light Touch Clinic. Often overlooked in favour of losing weight or toning up, our skin is our largest organ and needs some love too! Over time, simple, small changes can have a big impact on your skin.
#1 Wear SPF Everyday
As you probably know, UV damage is one of the main causes of ageing. While UVB rays vary according to the season in the UK, our skin can still be damaged by UVA rays – even during this perpetually grey month!
Wearing SPF needn’t be a chore though. There are some sophisticated formulas out there which absorb effortlessly for high factor protection. ZO Sunscreen and Primer is a fab choice for those who are looking for a multitasker that sits well under makeup. If you are more of a BB cream person, we love the Obagi Tinted Sunshield. This light formula has a hint of colour for an even tone and there are two tone variants: cool and warm to cater to different tones.
SPF isn’t just for the face though. Remember to cover up neck, décolletage and even hands to provide all-round protection.
While there isn’t instant gratification for this New Year’s resolution – your skin will thank you!
#2 Add in an antioxidant
While wearing SPF will certainly better arm your skin again damage – you can up your defences by adding an antioxidant to your armoury. Found in products such as Obagi C Serum and the aptly named Daily Power Defense by ZO, antioxidants help mop up free radicals on the skin to prevent against premature ageing.
Again, this is a very simple step that you can easily add into your routine.
#3 Get your beauty sleep!
Ever noticed your skin looking a little worse for wear after a hectic week? You’re not imagining it – sleep can have a massive impact on your skin health. Not enough sleep can cause cortisol levels soar which in turn can create those tell-tale dark circles under your eyes. In addition, higher levels of cortisol can increase oil production which can trigger a breakout.
By getting into a healthy sleep routine you can not only help your skin but you will feel better inside and out!
#4 See a professional
Instead of playing an expensive game of trial and error on the highstreet trying to figure out what your skin needs – go and see a professional. A cosmetic doctor or medical aesthetician has an in-depth knowledge of the skin and the ingredients it needs to look its best.
In addition, at a cosmetic clinic you will find skincare you just can’t get on the highstreet. This is because cosmeceuticals use higher strength ingredients and cosmetic doctors can prescribe even stronger skin treatments to tackle problems like acne and pigmentation.
#5 Double Cleanse at the end of the day
Double cleansing is as simple as it sounds – literally wash your face twice at the end of the day. Why? Because washing it once is not enough to get all of that grime, pollution and makeup of your face. When left on the skin, impurities can clog your pores leading to congested skin and double cleansing is invaluable to those of us that are prone to breakouts.
In addition, a clean canvas before bed aid the penetration of your night time topicals.