5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy, Attractive Skin in 2010

Cynthia Bailey, MD|December 31, 2009

TapeMeasure Your skin is your biggest organ and you show it to the world every day..... so it makes sense that your skin should rate high on your list of New Year's resolutions for 2010! Take charge of your skin this year. As you reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, commit to a few new and simple actions that support and enhance your skin’s health and appearance. Also, consider treating the one skin problem that you're the most bothered by. 5 Resolutions to Improve Your Skin In 2010: 1. Wear sunscreen every day Work to prevent wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer by committing to regular sunscreen use.  Apply a sunscreen with at least 5% micro sized zinc oxide everyday to the uncovered areas of your skin every morning, even in the winter. 2. Eat real foods. Think of food as medicine; a healthy diet filled with natural nutrients goes a long way towards making beautiful skin.  Don't plan to compensate for a poor diet by loading up on vitamin supplements.    Make a commitment to your body and give it mostly healthy food, packed with nutrition.  Consider processed and chemical laden 'food' as entertainment and eat it when you need a treat, but don't make it your main food source. You are what you eat, so eat for health and beauty. 3. Keep your skin hydrated from the outside in Moist skin is healthier, more resilient and less prone to irritation and rashes.  Drinking lots of water does NOT keep your skin hydrated, you need to care for it from the outside in.  Unless you have oily, naturally moisturized skin, you'll need to make a little effort to keep your skin hydrated.   Cleanse with a soap that doesn’t dry out your skin, like a natural glycerin soap. If you still feel dry, add a moisturizer after washing 4. Commit to an anti aging facial care regimen The simplest anti aging action is to wear sunscreen everyday. To make even bigger changes and slow the current rate at which  your facial skin is aging, add one of the 3 powerful anti aging skin care treatments: Retin A (tretinoin), glycolic acid or vitamin C. 5. Treat your worst skin care problem. Whether it's.....

Craft a plan to make meaningful improvement now. Research solutions online, see your doctor or skin care specialist and get the advice you need. Photo attribution:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/ / CC BY 2.0

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