1. Wear Sunscreen, Even in the Winter: I know you have all heard me preach about sunscreen a million times, but I cannot stress enough the importance of putting that sunscreen on every single morning to prevent damage and skin cancer—even in the winter months! The cold can be deceiving, but the sun can be equally as strong or even stronger in the winter, so it’s important not to forget that sunscreen.
2. Eat More Veggies: The holidays are finally over and we’ve all been eating heavy foods like casseroles, cakes and cookies for the last few months. This gives us a great excuse to switch to veggies. I always tell my patients to “eat the rainbow.” For example, orange and yellow veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and bell peppers contain lots of beta-carotene, a tough free-radical fighter, as well as Vitamin C, which promotes and protects collagen. Red veggies like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya all contain lycopene, which is a star antioxidant. In fact, studies have shown it may actually offer protection from the damaging rays of the sun!
3. Quit Smoking: There’s no better time than the new year to quit smoking. When you quit smoking, you’ll begin to have an increased level of oxygen. Over time, your skin will be less dry and you won’t wrinkle at the same rate you were before! Many of my patients use hypnosis or acupuncture as drug-free ways to quit. Also, prescription products like Chantix are great options.
4. Get More Sleep: This year, we all need to give ourselves the goal of getting 30 minutes more sleep per night, and trust me, if I can do it, you can do it. Getting more sleep will help decrease stress levels, diminish dark circles, give your skin a better glow and increase your focus in work and at home and make your weight more stable. Not many people realize that lack of sleep can actually disrupt your weight and even make you gain weight!
5. Drink: And no, I don’t mean alcohol. I mean, drink more water and less coffee and alcohol, as they dehydrate the skin. I always recommend drinking eight, eight oz. glasses of water if you weigh around 120 pounds. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but your kidneys will work better and your body will function more efficiently without all of that sugar and caffeine.
6. Take Your Makeup Off: This is something that I consistently stress, especially to my younger patients. I understand it can be tough to remember to take off all of your makeup when you get home from a late night and just want to crawl into bed. However, keeping your makeup on at night causes clogged pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Also, the makeup ends up on your pillow, which can also cause later breakouts and irritation. These days, there really should be no excuse because there are plenty of great products out there to help remove your makeup at night including Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes and Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads.
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