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New Year, New Skin, Resolutions for 2020

The new year is here and it’s time to work on your New Year’s resolution for 2020. Besides having fitness goals and healthy eating, why not also have a skin care resolution? Our skin deserves all the attention it can get, so try and start this new year with the right skin care products and techniques.

Finding the Right Skin Care Products for 2020

You can start off by eliminating any products from your skin care routine that don’t seem to be doing any justice to your skin. Make sure you have a cleanser that’s suited for your skin type; whether you have oily skin or sensitive skin, you don’t want to cause any irritation or breakouts when using the wrong products. Cleansing your face twice a day, every morning and evening not only helps with removing any excess oil and dirt but it’s the first step in achieving healthy, glowing new skin. If you still feel as though your pores are still congested, you can have a double cleansing in your skin care regimen. Micellar water, unlike a regular cleanser, doesn’t get rinsed off. Micellar water contains tiny micelles in it – these surround dirt particles and breaks them down, which cleanses the skin without drying it out.

After cleansing, you want to follow up with a toner – this ensures that all the dirt, oil, and any leftover buildup are removed from the skin’s surface. Vitamin C should also be a part of your skincare regimen – if its not, this is the time of year to start. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. It also aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps repair damaged skin cells. It also helps with skin discoloration such as dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply the Vitamin C serum directly onto the skin after cleansing and toner, twice a day, morning and evening.

MG Skin Labs features a Vitamin C Serum available online at https://www.michelegreenmd.com/product/vita-c-serum-evens-pigmentation-skin-types

Retinol for Fine Lines and Wrinkles

If you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, Retinol is known to smoothen them out. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, it stimulates collagen production, accelerates skin turnover, and improves overall skin tone. Retinol containing products should applied only at night, using a pea-size amount. Make sure to follow up with a moisturizer as it can cause irritation especially for someone that has very sensitive skin. If your skin does become dry or irritated, apply it every other night or even once a week. Your dermatologist will determine if retinol is suited for your skin type.

Next, update your facial moisturizer – after cleansing your skin needs that extra moisture to prevent dryness from occurring. Find a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or a separate hyaluronic acid serum – it’s a hydrating product that helps retain water to keep your skin well lubricated and moist; especially if you have dry skin. You want to end your skin care routine with sunscreen – this is an absolute must. No matter the time of year or weather, you should always use sun protection to prevent sun damage. A lot of moisturizing products contain SPF in it, if not, you can purchase it separately – the important thing is to add it to your regimen.

Exfoliate Dead Skin Cells

Try to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation provides the benefit of removing dead skin cells that build-up on your skin’s surface – this allows for new, fresh cells to grow. You can use an exfoliant such as a facial scrub or a face mask – depending on what works with your skin type. It’s important to know how your skin reacts to exfoliating products as they can cause irritation and redness. Exfoliating varies from person to person; some people can exfoliate a few times of week, where others can do it a few times a month. Another option here is HydraFacial, which is a skin care treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells from the face and also helps to hydrate the skin.

Having a good skincare routine will result in having the best skin. Once you determine which products work best for your skin, you’ll have fresh looking skin in no time. Remember to follow the steps: cleanse, toner, Vitamin C, Retinol (PM only), hydrate with a moisturizer/lotion, exfoliation (when needed) and lastly finish off with SPF.

Contact Dr. Michele Green, NYC based board certified dermatologist for more information or to book an appointment.

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