Skincare Goals: 2017
As I mentioned in my New Year's post, I think that goals and resolutions can be helpful when starting a new year. This year I want to make some changes to my skincare routine. Check out below what I'm hoping to implement in 2017.
- Daily use of a probiotic. If you haven't heard already, probotics can be a health game-changer. Yes, they help improve digestive health. But did you know that they can help relieve skin ailments? Don't worry, this isn't just anecdotal evidence. Researchers have been touting the effects of probiotics for skin concerns for quite awhile. At a recent appointment, my amazing nurse practioner recommended incorporating a probiotic for other benefits as well.
“Certain probiotic strains alive exert their effects beyond the gut to the skin level and contribute to the reinforcement of the barrier function and modulation of the immune system.” Probiotics and Skin Health (Gueniche, J. Benyacoub, S.Blum, L. Breton, and I.Castiel, 2013)
- Consistent use of an AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid). As someone who struggles with hyperpigmentation, chemical exfoliators have become my best friend. I use them to help combat sun damage and dark spots. I love Sunday Riley's Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment and lactic acid peels.
- Integrate more plant-based, natural, skincare into my routine. I really don't like the term 'all-natural', it really has no backing in the skincare world. It's different than saying 'certified organic', for example. This is because there isn't any certifying entity that makes sure 'all-natural' products meet a certain standard. This goal isn't about using products with 'all-natural' ingredients. Instead this is about avoiding products that use certain ingredients. Checkout this list by Organic Beauty Talk of things to avoid when looking for skincare. I also always look for certified cruelty-free brands.
- Drink more water! This is a goal every year, every day really. Water is essential to good health. I find that I drink a lot more when I add citrus or ginger AND when it's a little cooler than room temperature.
- Sleep better. Like many people, I struggle with sleep. This goal encompasses a few ideas surrounding improved sleep. First, I want to get to bed earlier. Second, no phone before bed (difficult for me!). And last, regular use of my sleeping mask and earplugs for uninterrupted sleep.
- Transform my skincare routine into a ritual. I often find myself quickly washing off all of my makeup, throwing on some face cream and calling it a night. After a long day, I usually want to get my at-home checklist done and head to bed. Instead, I want to shift from my quick nightly routine a few nights a week to a beauty/skincare ritual. This means taking at least 15-20 minutes to remove makeup, cleanse, use a face-mask, and apply treatments, serums, and face cream.
What are some skincare goals you have for 2017? Let me know in the comments.