10 Skin-Care Resolutions to Make This Year
Even the most beauty-wise woman still occasionally sleeps in her makeup, skimps on sunscreen, or forgets to make a yearly appointment to see a skin doctor. In the spirit of the New Year, we asked top dermatologists to share their best advice for following through on your best skin-tentions.
MOISTURIZE AFTER SHOWERING
WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY
TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP AT NIGHT
You’ve known since middle school that makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause zits. Cosmetics can also trap skin-damaging free radicals that float in the air (think: bus exhaust) against your skin, according to Zoe Draelos, a professor of dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine. But you’ve had a long day, and the bathroom sink is 20 feet away….
• Avoid the situation entirely by washing your face as soon as you get home. Don’t wait for the final credits of The Daily Show to roll. At the very least, remove your mascara.
• For nights when you’re just knackered, Heidi Waldorf, a professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, tells patients to dab on Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser with a tissue, wipe it off, and never mind the residue—it’s actually moisturizing.
CLEAN UP AFTER THE GYM
BOOK A YEARLY MOLE CHECK
HAVE MERCY ON YOUR HANDS
For starters, stop treating your nails like tools. “Tearing open boxes leads to chips and peeling,” says Grossman.
• To keep both nails and hands from dehydrating, forgo plain antibacterial gels and instead choose moisturizing versions, like Purell With Lubriderm— and do the same with soaps.
• More advice: Keep SPF hand cream throughout your house. “Like the face, hands are exposed and need coverage,” says Grossman. She keeps a stick of Hawaiian Tropic Kids SPF 50 in the glove box. “Even with UV-protective auto glass, damaging rays penetrate, and they will age your hands,” she says.
CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF YOUR FACE
STICK WITH THE PROGRAM