It’s a new year—and a fresh chance to begin a skin care regimen that will last. There are plenty of tips out there for great skin, but to make sure you stay on track, it’s best to keep things simple and easy to remember. Here are two refrains to recite to yourself as you get back on the skin care saddle, so to speak.

Routine, Routine, Routine.
Your skin loves good, clean habits. Ones that you stick to night and day, every day. It takes consistency and patience for skin to get healthy and stay healthy. Too often we get irritated if a regimen or product doesn’t deliver results overnight, when in reality it takes at least a month or more for real changes to occur (a month is about how long it takes for skin cell turnover to take place). So establish an ordered routine—making sure to use fantastic products—and set yourself up for skin success:

  1. Cleanse – Select a gentle cleanser based on your skin type to wash away makeup and daily grime.  *Exfoliate skin 2-3 times weekly in the morning, when you are not removing makeup.
  2. Tone – Refine pores, restore pH balance and prep skin to receive treatment serum and moisturizer.
  3. Correct – Apply special serums or creams to address specific skin concerns such as wrinkle, discoloration or acne.
  4. Moisturize – In the morning, choose a moisturizer that contains sunscreen (of at least SPF 30), and at night apply a nourishing cream appropriate to your skin type.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen.
You absolutely can’t afford to skip this. You’ve heard it before, but probably need to hear it again: you can prevent unnecessary wrinkles and splotchy, uneven skin by protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays with sunscreen. Approximately 78% of sun exposure comes from incidental exposure, not by laying out by the pool. So try one that’s embedded in a moisturizer or silky foundation to make sure it’s built into your daily routine instead of making it an extra step.

Make 2013 the year you keep your New Year’s resolutions for your skin. And in addition to a consistent daily routine, give your skin the gift of professional treatment. Dr. Zimmet offers a wide array of skin treatments that can achieve beautiful results in short periods of time. Call our office today to find out more. Our number is (512) 402-6694.