Five New Years’ Resolutions for Your Skin

Updated 12/26/14. Make 2015 the year for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin with these five helpful and truly effective skin care tips that will yield great results if you can commit to sticking with them all year long.

#1: Wash your skin nightly.
Touching your face all day long, without intentionally doing so, makes your face one of the dirtiest parts on your body. It’s important to clean the skin to avoid the spread of acne bacteria that can cause increased blemishes. It’s a fact that bacteria thrive in oil. So if you can lessen the amount of oil on the skin, then technically the acne-causing bacteria is destroyed, reducing your chance of blemishes. Also, your skin repairs itself at night, so removing makeup gives your skin a clean palette for applying your night time performance products for maximum absorption. Read: How to Wash Your Face

#2: Hang your head upside down for three minutes a day.
We all want glowing skin and getting asked how to get it is a common question I hear often from my clients. “How do I get my skin to glow?” While the definition of what glowing differs for everyone, I tend to think of glowing skin as one that has good blood flow, which brings out an inner radiance. Did you know that when the skin ages, less oxygen and nutrients are being delivered to the skin? For example, by the time you reach 75 years old, you have about 50% less blood vessels in your face. Less vessels means means less nutrient-rich blood and oxygen is being brought to the cells of the skin. The result is dull, tired-looking skin.

If your skin doesn’t already have a natural pinkness, a long-term strategy is to hang your head upside down for three minutes per day. You can do this up against a wall or during a Downward Dog in yoga, or simply hanging your head over the side of your bed. You should notice that after three minutes, a slight redness will appear on the skin and in the long run it can make a big difference in getting and keeping an inner glow, to appear ‘lit from within.’ Read more tips to get glowing skin…

#3: Don’t pick at your skin.
Picking at your blemishes in an attempt to make them heal faster is a guaranteed way to scar your skin. You have to realize that although you can’t always control breakouts from appearing, you CAN control what happens when you get the breakout. The truth of the matter is, a blemish usually lasts 5-7 days, but the red or dark scar from picking at the blemish, can linger for weeks— or even months.

Solution: Your first step in your picking recovery is to thoroughly understand this concept. Do you want to have a spot that you have to cover up for only week or two— or a few months? The answer is obvious, but now you must recite that in your head when the urge comes to pick. That’s truly how I got over picking. When I would head to the mirror to start squeezing at a blemish, I would literally say to myself, “Renée, you’re only going to make it worse and scar up your skin. Have some self control and keep your hands off.” And that’s really how I got over my picking! I talked myself out of it and then I started to see the result of how much less scarred my skin was and how much less I had to hide under makeup. You have the control and power. Are you willing to practice self-control for the sake of clearer skin?

Remember: A closed bump from a blemish is a lot easier to conceal (and less noticeable) with makeup than a red, oozy, scabbing wound. The choice is yours.

Did your blemish leave a red, dark or purple mark? This Post-Breakout Fading Gel works very well to fade acne marks and spots.

Read: More tips to stop picking at your skin

#4: Wear SPF daily and re-apply mineral powder sunscreen throughout the day.
Did you know that number one cause of premature aging (wrinkles, lines and brown spots) is caused from UV exposure from daylight and sunlight? It’s not genetics, it’s not smoking and (surprising to many) it’s not even age. In addition to wearing a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning (my favorite is Daily Protection SPF 30 since my skin is very sensitive), protecting your skin every day by reapplying sunscreen is the very best way to slow down the effects of skin aging and wearing an SPF mineral powder makes it very easy to do so.

Here’s how it works: Apply a sunscreen moisturizer every morning of every day. Be sure to apply plenty of it because it’s not about the SPF number, but how generously you apply it that really matters when it comes to defending your skin from daily UV damage. Next apply your regular foundation liquid or powder makeup and then dust a coat of a good SPF mineral powder on top.

Every few hours throughout the day (even in the winter), re-apply a light dusting of the SPF mineral powder. By doing this, you’ll be sure to really protect your skin and, therefore, protect against wrinkles and brown spots. I personally use ColoreScience SPF 50 Mineral Powder because The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded it with their Active Seal of Recommendation. See the entire collection here. I also use the Eyescreen SPF 30 made exclusively for the delicate eye area.

#5: Determine your skin type—once and for all
People mistake their skin type, therefore choosing the wrong skin care products because they are usually hyper-focused on just one or two things going on with their skin. They end of selecting products just for those issues, instead of focusing on ALL of their skin’s needs.

For example, a 40-year old woman may start to get occasional hormonal cystic breakouts and because acne cysts are so painful and can linger for a few weeks, she may now start thinking her skin type is “acne-prone” (understandably so) and purchase products for “problem skin” and completely ignore that her skin has anti-aging needs. Harsh products for acne-prone skin will only leave her skin dry, irritated and flaky. Her best bet is to use a spot treatment for acne cysts, because cystic acne rarely responds to regular blemish products anyway, so she may not even be helping the breakout after all. Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment works best as a spot treatment for controlling stubborn hormonal acne cysts.

What’s the solution for determining your skin type? Don’t go it alone, put your skin in the hands of a trusted skin care professional who can help you determine your true skin type and suggest a skin care program (both for at-home use and professional treatments), so you can get the best results for your skin’s needs. The best and quickest place to start is by taking our Skin Type Quiz.

Experts in the area of goal achievement say only about 12% of people actually make their resolutions a reality so here are seven tips that I have found to be helpful in goal setting and, more importantly, goal achieving.

1. Keep your resolutions simple and be specific. Choose only a few small, attainable resolutions to start. A maximum of three small goals are best or you can pick just one large goal. Change is hard enough as is, so keep it easy.

2. Make sure it realistic. Do you really think you can do this? Think hard about your resolutions and make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure.

3. Plan your action steps. Success can be better achieved in small bite size pieces. Write down the steps for achieving each goal. It’s like driving—it’s best to map out your drive so you’re crystal clear on how you’re going to reach your destination before you leave your house. Planning is everything. (I personally love to be paperless and have everything handy on my devices, so I use the Evernote app.)

4. Make it time-sensitive. How long are you going to give yourself to make this resolution a reality? Goals without a timeline are just wishes waiting to happen. Be sure to check in regularly to make sure you’re always moving towards a result.

5. Make reminders. We all love it when technology makes our lives easier, so why not use your phone to remind you to stick with your resolutions? Good, old Post-it notes work too! If you’re making skin resolutions, you can use Post-it notes on your bathroom mirror to remind you to do something. A simple “Wash your skin!” Post-it can work wonders!

6. Get support. Don’t go it alone. Ask a trusted friend or family member to help keep you accountable. When you’re in a moment of weakness, call or text a friend to help you stay strong. Being accountable to someone else will always help you succeed in making change in your life.

7. Be patient. There will be times when you have a setback and lose your way. No worries! Just pick yourself back up and keep going. Don’t throw in the towel. Focus on the end result.

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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