5 Skin Care Goals You Can Easily Achieve This Year

Jan 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Step boldly into 2018 knowing that this year, you will actually make some changes. Our resolutions typically start with our waistlines and pocketbooks, but what about our skin? Skimping on a healthy routine is so last year, so we’ve gathered a few expert-approved (and incredibly easy) habits that promote a healthy, glowing and — eventually — clear complexion.

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Apply sunscreen properly

Doctors and other skin pros have told us time and time again sunscreen is necessary and important, but are you applying it correctly? “Sunscreen can be applied before makeup or even as makeup,” says Dr. Mona Gohara, a Connecticut-based dermatologist. “Powder sunscreens have become a new favorite.” To keep steps to a minimum, try a foundation or moisturizer with sunscreen already built into the formula.

Skin Care Goals 2018 | SPF Foundation: Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Mineral Powder
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SPF foundation: Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen in a breeze with this lightweight powder formula.

Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen, $47 at Jane Iredale

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Dare to go makeup-free

Whether you prefer tons of makeup or an au naturale face, it’s a treat for your skin to go sans makeup at least one day a week. After all, the key to flawless makeup is amazing skin as your foundation. To feel most confident going bare, invest in products that reduce the appearance of pores. “A powerhouse combo for reducing pore size is using retinol every other night to reduce irritation and a charcoal mask once a week,” Gohara says.

Skin Care Goals 2018 | Retinol: Skinceuticals Retinol .05 This gentle retinol won’t irritate or cause redness during application. $64, at Skinceuticals
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Retinol: SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5

This gentle retinol won’t irritate or cause redness during application.

Retinol 0.5, $64 at SkinCeuticals

Skin Care Goals 2018 | Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask
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Charcoal: Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask

This mask with detoxifying charcoal rids skin of bacteria and impurities.

Clear Improvement charcoal mask, $27 at Origins

Add adventure to your routine

From facials to chemical peels and everything in between, there are tons of beautifying treatments out there. If there’s one you’ve been dying to try, add some adventure to your skin care routine and try one. Not into daring treatments? A pampering facial will do the trick. “In addition to using topical treatments, getting a hydrating facial every few months will bring out the glow and soften skin,” says Gohara.

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Narrow your focus

There’s nothing more frustrating than purchasing new products that don’t work for you. It seems like there’s a new product launch promising to brighten, tighten and lift everywhere we look. “Try to avoid the hype in skin care ads,” shares Gohara. “It’s best to stick with a few solid products that you know work.”

If you’re not sure where to start, try starting with brands you know agree with your skin type. Or if you prefer a more professional opinion, make an appointment to talk with a local dermatologist in your area.

Stick to a routine

Once you’ve found the products and begin a new routine, the most important part is to stick to it. Don’t let this resolution fall flat after a few weeks and especially not after a few days. It’s important to be consistent when taking care of your complexion. Most dermatologists recommend adopting a day routine and a night routine for best results. Also, remember it typically takes three to eight weeks to see proper results, so hold on for the ride and don’t give up!

Here’s to healthy skin and a happy you in the new year!

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

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