New Year, New You: The Top 10 Beauty Resolutions For 2012 (Part 1)

    January – a time for us all to have a fresh face and perspective. If you’re into creating lists of resolutions, I thought you might want to consider the following Top 10 beauty resolutions.

    • Stop Smoking.

    Not only does smoking cause lung damage, it is one of the main reasons skin looks older than it is and is responsible for poor healing.

    • Wear Sunscreen, Every Day, not just when it’s sunny.

    This can be an easy resolution to keep. Look for an all-in-one daily moisturizer with SPF. I like Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, CeraVe with SPF 15 or Color Science Powder for easy re-application.

    • If over 30, upgrade your daily beauty routine and ditch the teen beauty products.

    As you have more birthdays, you’ll need to tweak your routine to include products with punch! Retinoids, antioxidants, growth factors and sunblock are key. Additionally, it may be time to visit a dermatologist to address and specific concerns (unwanted hair, discoloration, adult acne). There are several services and products available that can help you achieve better skin.

    • Get to know your dermatologist

    Book a yearly check-up appointment. There are several diseases that first show-up in the skin. Getting an annual skin screening will help keep you healthy and safe. Visit the American Academy of Dermatology to find a board certified dermatologist in your area: www.aad.org/.

    Let me know if you have more beauty resolutions to share, and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

    Be sure to visit next week for Part 2 of this series (your skin will thank you)!

    About Dr. Brooke Jackson:  As a board certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon, Brooke Jackson, M.D., is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.  She is also the founder of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago (www.skinwellnesscenter.org), a full service cosmetic dermatology practice. For more information, look for updates on the Skin Wellness Center Facebook and Twitter pages or call: 312-236-9950.

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