Happy New Year! Skin Care Resolutions for 2013

ImageHappy 2013! By now, many of us have already made the typical resolutions – lose weight, exercise more, eat better. But don’t forget about your skin and the role it plays in your overall health and beauty. Here, you’ll find some skin care resolutions to consider for the New Year. Most of these take far less will power to keep than the typical “lose 20 pounds” promise, but the results can be just as impressive:

Cleanse your face every evening
Leaving makeup and accumulated oils and impurities on the skin all night is just bad practice. Choose a cleanser that removes cosmetics and other debris in one step to make this a simple resolution to keep. Actifirm Antioxidant Evening Cleanser is perfect before bedtime – or check out the entire Actifirm lineup of cleansers for more options.

Stop touching your face
Picking at your skin is a nasty habit that only makes blemishes and imperfections worse – and can even result in permanent scarring. If necessary, remove temptation by hiding any magnifying mirrors and use post-its as reminders in your bathrooms. When it comes to touching your complexion, less is truly more!

Did you know that a baby turns over its skin cells every two weeks? By the time we hit our 40s, that process takes closer to a month. Exfoliation simply expedites this process, lifting dull, dead skin cells to reveal glowing skin beneath. Actifirm exfoliators feature Mucor Miehei mushroom extract, a natural exfoliant that removes only dead cells, without harming living tissue. Best of all, the Actifirm Z-Peel is gentle enough to use daily.

Book an annual mole check
This should become part of your annual health care regimen – just like a trip to the OB/GYN or those dental cleanings. If you don’t have a dermatologist already, ask your primary care provider for a referral, and get a head-to-toe skin check every year. These professionals have a trained eye and can spot potential problems that you might not even notice.

Wear sunscreen
If you’re a regular reader, this one might seem repetitive. But it’s definitely advice that bears repeating: Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day! In addition to the face and neck, consider slathering other areas that are commonly exposed in street clothing, especially the hands and forearms.

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