Resolution: Love Yourself

skincare-2This year, take care of your inner and outer beauty

Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions that usually involve losing weight, smoking cessation, financial betterment or to be physically healthier. But part of being healthier is not only taking care of your inner health but also taking care of your outer health—your skin.

It’s winter and the sun is MIA, and you can’t remember the last time you weren’t wearing a heavy coat. So do you really need to protect your skin? One word, YES! About 80 percent of sun rays pass through clouds. And while snow and ice don’t come with UV warnings, they should—they can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, which not only cause skin cancer but are also the source of about 90 percent of all wrinkles, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Skin care resolutions don’t have to be tedious or expensive; and some can be fun and relaxing. Many can be done from the comfort of your home! The skin care specialists at the Women’s Center recommend the following tips to help you take better care of your skin this year:

  • Check your skin. Visit a specialist to have your skin examined for acne, eczema, psoriasis, moles and skin cancer.
  • Wear sunscreen daily. UV radiation from the sun exists year-round so your skin needs sunscreen to protect it from those UV rays. Our skin care experts recommend wearing a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply it often throughout the day especially if you’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
  • Moisturize after showering. As good as a warm shower feels, warm water strips your skin of essential oils. To replenish those oils, use a face cream and body lotions. It’s best to use them as soon as you get out of the shower when your skin is damp. If you wait too long after showering, your skin starts losing water vapor, preventing the cream and lotion from fully soaking into your skin.
  • Exfoliate regularly. It takes nearly a month for your skin to replenish itself. During that time, skin cells can dry out. To avoid the dried skin cells, use a gentle face scrub once or twice a week and a chemical exfoliant the other days of the week.
  • Take off your makeup at night. You wear makeup 8 – 12 hours a day allowing whatever you put on your face to soak into your skin causing it to become dirty. When skin oils and dirt get together they cause acne or unwanted oily skin. To avoid this, remove your makeup and wash your face as soon as you get home. And don’t forget to clean your make up brushes regularly. Makeup and skin oils build up creating bacteria on your brushes that can harm your skin. Use a mild brush cleaner or mild liquid cleanser with lukewarm water to clean your brushes.
  • Take care of your hands, neck and chest. These parts of your body are exposed most every day, whether you’re inside or outside. That exposure causes the skin to become dehydrated especially during winter months when the air is dry and cold. To prevent skin from flaking and cracking, use a lipid rich moisturizer.

At the Women’s Center, our skincare specialists and experienced cosmetic surgeons provide a number of services and treatments to help you look and feel your best. To help you with your new skincare resolutions, we’re offering a special on skincare products and services. Call us today at (513) 475-UC4U to take advantage of these great offers before they’re gone!

  • 20% off a sunscreen package
  • Buy two, get one free chemical peels
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