Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for your Skin

We've reached the end of another year. Time to look forward to the start of a fresh new year, make new goals and try to fix some bad habits!
snowy trees
Here in the Philadelphia area, Saturday morning we woke to a fresh blanket of snow. I find it quite fitting for the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. It's like a white canvas ready to be painted or a blank page ready to be written on.

I always make New Year's resolutions. They are usually the same every year..... to be more organized and to make more money! I will use those old resolutions again and add more this year including better hydration. Water is so important for our bodies and skin. I find I drink a lot of water in the summer but not so much in the winter. Time to make a change. There are lots of other easy small changes you can make in your daily routine to improve the look and health of your skin.

Hydrate
We need water to live. Our bodies contain a good percentage of water.  The average adult body is 50-60% water. We need water to build healthy cells, carry nutrients to the cells, regulate body temperature, metabolize food, dissolve nutrients, vitamins, minerals, keep organs and joints insulated and lubricated and remove wastes. 

More water means healthier, younger looking skin cells. It is recommended that we drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day which equals about 2 liters or a 1/2 gallon. Most of don't drink enough water or we drink beverages such as wine and coffee. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate. It seems to be trendy to carry a water bottle where ever you go anyway. I like stainless steel water bottles. 
swell stainless steel water bottle
They don't break and there are no worries of chemicals that can be in plastic water bottles plus, they come in a vast array of fun colors and patterns. Drinking more water is an easy change to make. I'm gonna do it!

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Moisturize  
Now that we will be drinking more water, we need to seal it in the keep it from evaporating from our skin. That's the job of a good moisturizer. A moisturizer puts a protective barrier on your skin to prevent water evaporation from the skin into the air. The best time to apply moisturizer is after a shower. Pat the skin dry and apply your moisturizer within 3 minutes. 

Use a lotion or cream that you like the smell and feel of. I recommend Hempz products.
hempz grapefruit & raspberry creme moisturizer
We have been using some Hempz lotions at the salon and find we like them better than the OPI Avojuice we have been using for years. Hempz washes, scrubs and moisturizers feel great on the skin and really help the skin feel less dry. They are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and gluten free.

Adding a big bottle of moisturizer to your bathroom is another easy change to make for the new year. I'm gonna add a bottle of Hempz Sensitive Skin Herbal Body Moisturizer to my bathroom!

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Eat less Sugar
This is something I have been doing the past couple years. Sugar can cause aging inflammation due to a bodily process called glycation.

Read more on Glycation

I read labels and avoid products that have a lot of added sugar. I also limit the amount of sweets I eat which is no easy feat because of the little baker I have at my house always making delicious cookies, cinnamon rolls and other yummy baked goods! Moderation is the key. 
homemade cinnamon rolls
There are easy ways to cut the sugar in your diet. Drink seltzer with a splash of fruit juice and a lemon or lime slice instead of soda. Eat low sugar yogurt and cereals. Add less sugar to your tea or coffee. Eat whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. Eat one cookie instead of two!🍪 You will have better skin and quickly drop a few pounds as well!

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for the growth, development and repair of the tissues of the body which, of course, includes the skin. It is necessary for the creation of collagen in the skin. Collagen keeps our skin firm and younger looking. Vitamin C supports our immune system and helps skin injuries and breakouts heal quicker. Vitamin C also allows the oil glands to make oil to condition the scalp and hair. 

Eat citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi fruit, papayas, guavas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, fresh thyme and parsley.

It is also very easy to take Vitamin C each day. I like to take 500 mg each day but I don't always do it. Vitamin C is available in pill form, chewable tablets and gummies, even vegetarian gummies! Vitamin C can contain sugar when not in pill form, though. Check the ingredient list.
gummie vitamin c
It's another easy change for better skin. I'll be taking a Vitamin C everyday starting today!

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Better Beauty Sleep
This is the most challenging resolution for me. I tend to get creative energy at night which prevents me from going to bed early. Then, I hear every noise in the house, get too hot or my husband, the early bird, wakes me up too early so I don't get a good night's sleep. But, sleep is essential for our health. I think way to many of us don't get enough rejuvenating sleep. We have to make some changes for the new year.

While we sleep, our body is removing toxins, building elastic fibers that support the skin  and revitalizing skin cells. The body rejuvenates and repairs cell damage. We simply must have sleep to allow the body to do it's restoration. Try for at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

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Help the skin repair it's self by using a cream at night that contains healing regenerating ingredients:

Retinol to stimulate the cells to make collagen.
Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize and plump up the skin.
Anti Oxidants to fight free radical damage.
body merry retinol surge moisturizer
Body Merry Retinol Surge Moisturizer contains all those things and more to help most skin types look younger and dewy at an affordable price $20.00 on Amazon!

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That's an easy inexpensive change too. 

I can do all of these little changes and be able to stick to them as well because they are simple & uncomplicated. If I can do it, you can do it too!  We'll see about my being more organized and making more money resolutions! 

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Research suggests it takes 3 weeks to develop a habit. Stick to it! These good habits will become automatic parts of your daily routine.


Cheers to a Happy, Healthy, Beautiful 
New Year!🎉🎉🎉
xo
Jill

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