The Best New Years Resolutions for Your SkinDecember 31, 2018
All too often, New Years’ resolutions focus on losing the weight gained over Christmas (who can say “no” to festive cookies, glasses of bubbly, sweet fluffy Pavlovas and leftover ham?). If you are going to use New Years as a calendar mark to get back your physical health, then why not the health of your skin as well?
What we eat affects the quality of our skin. It affects the quality of sebum production and the health of our collagen-producing cells. The medical community is also recognising the evidence behind the gut-skin-brain axis that suggests the way to healthy skin might be through your belly.
Let us not forget the high levels of UV rays we get around the holidays and the damage they can do to your skin. Here are our recommendations to detox, protect and revive your skin this New Year.
Go Back to the Basics
The foundation of any good skincare routine is daily cleansing and moisturising. If you wear a lot of make-up, you should also use a toner to ensure you’re not leaving any remnants of your cosmetics behind.
It’s especially important to moisturise after the holiday season because we tend to drink more alcohol at this time of year, which can really dehydrate your skin.
If you can commit to daily cleansing and moisturising, as well as daily sunscreen (you can use a moisturising sunscreen in the mornings instead of moisturiser) you will have a healthier base to work with. From there, you can consider more active skincare products to add, but they won’t be as effective if you don’t have your daily maintenance cleanse and moisture.
Get a Clean Slate
A change of diet will often show up on your face. When you’re eating healthy, your skin tends to look healthier. When celebrating Christmas, most of us tend to eat a little less healthy, which is great in moderation, the holidays are a special occasion, but here is how your diet might affect your skin:
Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan, chances are that you eat more meat during Christmas than you normally would, from Australian lamb to holiday ham. According to Clinic Manager Ally Cussell who studied at the Nutritional Skincare Academy, an increase of meat in your diet can cause your testosterone levels to spike, which can then result in acne or rosacea flare-ups.
Alcohol and sugary foods also contribute to inflammation in your gut, which can lead to acne and rosacea flare-ups as well, Ally says.
If your skin is looking red, oily or with coarser pores than usual, it could be a reaction to changes in your diet over the holidays. The good news is that you can detoxify it with a more balanced diet and the right facial.
HydraFacial is a very popular treatment during the holiday season because it provides a very deep cleanse and leaves your skin with a healthy glow. This treatment includes exfoliation, nourishing serums and a device that literally sucks the gunk out of your pores.
HydraFacials are excellent for most skin types, but if you are very prone to redness, you may want to consider a gentler treatment such as a lactobotanical peel or a China Doll Facial which uses a carbon serum and a gentle laser to eradicate any debris found in your pores and refine the pore lining for a smoother complexion.
In addition to detoxifying your skin, a good facial can also bring down some of the flare-ups of oil, acne and redness, so you can start the New Year with a clean slate.
Clean Up Your Makeup
Most non-mineral cosmetics have inexpensive fillers and materials that are designed to absorb oil. These ingredients can dehydrate your skin and clog your pores. Many makeups also have fragrances that can irritate certain skin types.
If you switch to a mineral makeup, you can avoid the bad ingredients found in a lot of regular cosmetic products. Mineral makeup also tends to have a lighter weight, so it allows your skin to breathe better.
A resolution to switch to mineral makeup is a resolution to protect your skin from toxins and irritation. The exciting part is the opportunity to also try a new makeup look. New year, new you!
Take Caution with Sun Damage
We are always reminded to slip, slap, slop and seek shade, but how often do we actually do all of that? We become busy, we forget, our old hats don’t go with our new beachwear, we like the feel of the warmth on our skin after a dip in the sea.
At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we treat a lot of sun damage that could have been prevented. Even mild tanning can lead to premature ageing and pigmentation in the long run. Also, according to beauty experts, tanning is no longer fashionable.
Make 2019 the year to embrace your natural skin tone and protect yourself from further damage. Resolve to wear sunscreen every day and carry a handbag-sized bottle to reapply when needed.
You can treat pigmentation and sun spots with lasers and pigment inhibiting serums, but they won’t do much good if you’re still exposing yourself to too much UV radiation, and neither will any other skincare recommendations made above.
Try Something New and Have Fun!
New Year’s is a great excuse to turn over a new leaf and try something new. There is a big world of make up, skincare products with active ingredients and non-invasive skincare technologies available. If you’re looking to put your best face forward this year, enjoy the exploration and research, find your sense of adventure and try something new!
Do you want to revive your skin for the new year?
Come in for a free consultation with one of our expert Clinicians.