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New Year’s Skin Resolutions

New Year’s Skin Resolutions

With the dawn of a new year, we find ourselves yearning for a “do-over” of things that may have gone south in the year prior. It is extremely tempting to make New Year’s resolutions that may be a little unrealistic such as “learn how to play the harp” or “find true love” or even, “go to the gym everyday”. While we’re not saying it’s entirely impossible for you to achieve any or all of the above, what’s helpful is to set more “doable” goals for yourselves- especially with things that you can control, like making New Year’s skin resolutions to take better care of your skin. So when 2024 comes rolling around, you’re stepping into the new year with healthier, plumper and downright glowing skin. Now, let's set your New Year's skin resolutions. 

  1. Set specific goals that are achievable 

    This is a no-brainer. If you say, “I want amazing skin by 2024”, you’re not setting yourself up for success. Such a vague goal may overwhelm you, and make you give up on your resolutions as fast as you can say, skin. Therefore, setting specific goals for what exactly it is that you want to improve in your skin will help you be consistent throughout the year. Some examples include:

    • I want to improve the appearance of my fine lines
    • I want to tackle skin dryness 
    • I want to achieve skin that looks more plump

    By setting more specific new year’s skin resolutions for yourself, you pave a path forward for what to prioritize and more importantly, how to address it. 

  2. Create a skincare routine that you can be consistent with 

    It’s one of those things you hear all the time but consistency really is KEY. Getting something right on the first try is often pure luck. Getting it right continously that requires discipline and consistency. Once you’ve set a specific new year’s skin resolution for yourself, the next step is to make a plan/routine. Your routine should be highly focused for your skin requirements but as a general rule, you should be cleansing, toning, and moisturizing every morning and night. Additional steps should include exfoliation, deeper hydration, applying face masks etc. You do you!

  3. SPF. SPF. SPF.

    Did we mention SPF? One of the biggest skin (and hair!) regrets of times past can definitely be people thinking applying sunscreen was as insignificant as _______. With more data on the harmful effects of UV rays, in 2023, we can all agree that UV rays are far, far, FAR away from being insignificant. Even if all your other new year’s skin resolutions fall through, one that should remain forever is applying sunscreen everyday. 

  4. Hydration 

    Although using a moisturizer everyday is necessary, drinking ample amounts of water everyday is equally as important to make sure your skin is getting the moisture it needs and staying hydrated from within, so it remains healthy and glowing. You can also incorporate other hydrating beverages such as herbal teas and coconut water into your routine. So not only are you achieving your new year’s skin resolutions but you’re also maintaining your overall health!

  5. Eat a well balanced diet

    As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”, your skin health heavily depends on your diet. If you strictly consume food that is low in nutrition and vital vitamins, chances are your skin will become a reflection of it. Therefore, in order to maintain your skin’s health, it is important to consume foods with high nutritious value, such as fruits and vegetables. So when you’re jotting down your new year’s skin resolutions, don’t forget to doodle that bowl of fruit on there!

  6. Say no to stress

    It’s quite easy to say, “I won’t stress out about it” but quite difficult to follow through. However, it is important to remember that stress really does impact your skin negatively, leading to breakouts and other skin concerns. Therefore, it is important to find ways to manage your stress. Do what works best for you. Some helpful suggestions include meditation, therapy, exercising or just allocating some time to unwind and do absolutely nothing! 

  7. Catch those Zzz’s

    Getting a good night's sleep should never be considered a luxury. It is a necessity. Sleep is needed to ensure that we are providing our bodies with enough downtime for it to function optimally. Ample sleep is also highly important for maintaining healthy and glowing skin! We suggest you follow the mantra: New Year, More Sleep! 

Now that we’ve set your new year’s skin resolutions for you, by the time 2024 comes around you will step into the new year with skin that speaks for itself! It’s important to remember that by being consistent and patient, resolutions are always achievable. 

Good luck and Happy New Year! 

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Reviewed by: Evan Zhao, PhD

Evan is a synthetic biologist and chemical engineer. He completed his BS from Caltech, and his MA and PhD from Princeton University. He received the prestigious Schmidt Science Fellowship as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT/Harvard and has published in the world's top scientific journals including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Chemical Biology, and more.

Written by: Revela Editorial Team

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