The Top 10 Beauty Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep Next Year
We’re almost there – a new year, a new time to take a look at our lives and decide what we want to do differently. Well, all of us at Obagi want to help you look your absolute best and put your best face forward. So, without further ado, here they are…The Top 10 Beauty Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep Next Year:
- Wear sunscreen. Every day.
This is a no-brainer, and when used as part of a comprehensive sun protection program*, a broad spectrum sunscreen is one of the best ways to help keep your skin looking as healthy and youthful as possible!
- Drink more water.
Water nourishes your cells, tissues, and organs – and guess what your biggest organ is? Your skin! Staying properly hydrated can help fight some of the visible signs of dehydration, including dryness and wrinkling.1 So keep that water bottle filled up!
- Visit your skin care physician for a check-in.
It’s a good idea to check in with your trusted skin care provider at least once a year, even if you don’t have a particular concern or question at the time. And, be sure to ask him or her if there’s anything else you need to do or other products you can add to your routine to help you achieve your healthiest skin.
Don’t have a skin care physician you love? Start here.
- Think Vitamin C.
Oranges and lemons come to mind when we think of Vitamin C, but we invite you to think about this ingredient’s benefits for your skin. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and can help address the appearance of aging skin. Specifically, it can help calm skin,2-4 brighten skin,5,6 retain moisture,7 and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.8,9
Speak with your skin care physician to see if one or more of Obagi’s Professional-C™ Products may be a good fit for your current skin care routine.
- Finally get that extra hour of sleep.
Don’t we always say, “If I just had an extra hour to sleep…”? Well, we CAN have it! Try planning it out this way: decide when you need to get up in the morning, and count back 7½ to 8 hours – that’s when you should probably go to bed. And if you need some motivation to get yourself in bed earlier, know that lack of sleep can be a factor in developing under-eye puffiness.10
If you already have bags, though, don’t worry – our ELASTIderm® Eye Serum may may help!
- Don’t forget your neck! (And chest!)
It’s easy to remember to use your skin care products on your face – that’s what stares back at you in the mirror, after all. But don’t forget to pay attention to your neck and chest, as well – they are often exposed to the same sun and environmental factors as your face.
One of our physician partners, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, answered some questions about the delicate skin on the neck and chest, and what we can do to help take care of it. Read his advice here.
- Eat your vitamins (whenever possible).
What better time to reassess your diet than the new year, right? Eating healthier is probably one of the most popular resolutions, and likely one of the promises most abandoned by February. So, break it down a bit: try adding one food at a time to your diet that is packed with the vitamins your body needs. Because even though supplements are convenient, they can never fully replace the nutrition that whole foods provide your body.11
Need some help getting started? Read our recent blog on the power of superfoods.
- Invest in a skin care system for your unique skin care needs.
If you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or beyond, now is a great time to find a skin care system that directly addresses the needs of your skin at this point in time. Whether your biggest concern is the fine lines starting to show up, persistent acne, or visible signs of aging, your doctor can help direct you to a system that’s right for you.
If you want to do some research before you visit your skin care physician, take a look at Obagi’s transformation systems.
- Consider your true commitment.
Many skin care systems involve 4, 5, or even more steps – and best results often come from using the whole system twice a day. When you visit your doctor and are deciding on a skin care regimen that’s right for you, please honestly consider your commitment level. If you know that you won’t have the time or patience for more than 3 products in your routine, tell your doctor that. He or she can still find a plan to help address your skin concerns, and you’ll be more likely to stick with the system!
- Smile often.
Your smile spreads joy to others, which in turn can make you feel that wonderful, happy glow that lights you up from within. It’s a wonderful cycle to be caught in. So in the New Year, remember to laugh more, smile often, and have fun!
Tell us in the comments below…what’s YOUR beauty resolution for next year?
Last updated: 10/12/16
- 6 Reasons to Drink Water. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=2. Accessed November 12, 2014.
- Alster TS, West TB. Effect of topical vitamin C on postoperative CO2 laser resurfacing erythema.
- Basketter DA, et al. Influence of vitamin C on the elicitation of allergic contact dermatitis to p-phenylenediamine. Contact Dermatitis. 2016 Jun;74(6):368-72.
- Coenraads PJ, et al. The role of the antioxidant ascorbic acid in the elicitation of contact allergic reactions to p-phenylenediamine. Contact Dermatitis. 2016 May;74(5):267-72.
- Kameyama K, Sakai C, Kondoh S, et al. Inhibitory effect of magnesium L-ascorbyl-2-phosphate (VC-PMG) on melanogenesis in vitro and in vivo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996;34(1):29-33.
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- Farris PK. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7 pt 2):814-818.
- What causes bags under eyes? HowStuffWorks website. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/beauty/what-causes-bags-under-eyes.htm. Accessed November 12, 2014.
- What Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Can and Can’t Do. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/help-vitamin-supplement. Accessed November 12, 2014.
* Using a broad spectrum sunscreen like Obagi® Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 together with a comprehensive sun protection program, including wearing sun protective clothing and sunglasses and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 am-2 pm, may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.
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