Skin is the largest organ in our body. It serves as our initial line of protection against allergens and irritants, so it's vital to keep our skin healthy. Our skin is designed to naturally shed dead cells every 28 days. You can help remove these dead cells and keep your skin looking bright by exfoliating it and following a regular cleansing regime per your specific skin type. Having said this, we do understand that choosing the right products, using the right techniques, and comprehending your skin type can be tricky. Therefore, one of our expert writers is here to guide you! This New Year, review your skin-care regimen and determine whether your habits are beneficial or detrimental to your skin. 

Show some love to your skin and scroll below to get started with 10 skincare resolutions that you would swear by in 2024.

10 Skin-Care Resolutions You Should Swear By This Year

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Consider incorporating these skincare resolutions to get supple, soothing, and glowing skin in 2024:

1) Make sure to moisturize your skin daily


Using moisturizer daily helps lessen the likelihood of excessive dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are bad for the skin and can lead to common problems like acne. The best time to apply moisturizer is just after shaving, exfoliating, or taking a bath. A hot water shower might be soothing in winter, but it also damages your skin. When the hot water evaporates, it strips off all the skin’s moisture and oils, leaving your skin parched. Hence, moisturization is an important step.

2) Wear a sunscreen every day, be it any season or weather


Sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection will protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays by offering a chemical barrier that either absorbs or reflects UV rays. UVA radiation ages skin, whereas UVB radiation causes sunburns. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above provides sufficient protection against both types of radiation.

For sunscreen to be most effective, apply it at least 15 minutes before you step outside. Reapply it every two hours, especially if you're perspiring or swimming. Also, wear your sunglasses and sunhats to get the most sun protection.


3) Follow a daily cleansing regime


Any skincare routine must include washing your skin to avoid blocked pores and breakouts. In 2024, adhere to cleansing while making your skincare resolution to get rid of makeup, oil, and clogged dirt. It's important to use a mild, non-stripping solution that won't harm the natural protective layer of your skin. Most skin types respond well to a gentle, non-foaming cleanser since it eliminates impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Steer clear of strong cleansers since they may leave the skin feeling tight and parched.

4) Do scrub to exfoliate 


Exfoliating involves eliminating dead skin cells from the skin's outermost layer. Regular, gentle exfoliation is essential to increase skin cell turnover, especially in the winter months, because certain variables (dry, cold air; interior heating systems; stress) might block this process. 

Exfoliation can be done using either mechanical exfoliants like a facial scrub or mild brush or by using chemical exfoliants called chemical peels that use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid formula to wipe out dead skin cells that clog pores and cause skin infections. 

Note: Exfoliation can be drying to the skin. Apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. 


5) Read product labels and use them according to your skin type

Always make use of skin care products that match your skin type needs. If you are not sure about your skin type then consult a dermatologist to know whether your skin is sensitive, oily, dry, or normal. Also, you will be able to know if there are any skin ailments. 

Once you are aware of your skin type make sure to read product labels and use products designed specifically for your skin type.

Let’s determine your skin type:

  • Normal skin is non-sensitive and clear.
  • Sensitive skin may feel itchy, sting, or burn after using a product
  • Dry skin is rough, itchy, and flaky.
  • Oily skin is glossy and greasy.
  • Combination skin can be oily or dry in different places.

6)  Remove your makeup before bed


No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, you should always take off your makeup before going to bed. If you skip this step, there could be an accumulation of oil, dead skin cells, debris, and skin product remnants that could clog your pores. Debris blocking results in blackheads, comedones, or pustular acne causing inflammation under your skin.

7) Prioritize your sleep routine


Sleep is when our bodies repair themselves on all levels, including our skin. Not getting enough sleep can raise cortisol levels (stress hormone levels), which can wreak havoc on our skin. Hence, the adage “beauty sleep” is not a myth. Research has shown that sleep deprivation has direct effects on skin health, exacerbating skin dullness.

8) Use a serum to boost your skin health


The serum contains concentrated active ingredients designed to specifically treat specific problems, like uneven skin tone, wrinkles, or skin inflammation. It not only contributes to a complexion that is noticeably more radiant and improved but also has fewer wrinkles and fine lines, a healthier skin tone, and hydrated skin.

9)  Drink plenty of water


Come winter and we reduce our intake of water! It’s important to keep your body hydrated and in turn your skin healthy. Hydration will improve your body's ability to eliminate toxins and reveal healthier, problem-free skin! It's essential to consume at least eight glasses of water a day throughout the year.

10) Make good dietary choices for clear skin


Following a diet abundant in proteins, nutrients, and minerals, will not only enhance your skin but also make it look youthful. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, protein, unsaturated fats, and low in dairy and sugar leads to healthier skin in the long run.

Takeaway


In conclusion, this write-up offers a road map for people looking for clear, healthy, and radiant skin. Skincare is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated and costly. A good skin care ritual involves regular cleansing, exfoliation, moisturization, serum application, and sunscreen. Food choices and proper water intake also go a long way to maximize the inherent beauty of your skin. If you keep these resolutions, your skin will be radiant and healthy for many years to come. You can also consult our board-certified dermatologist for skin problems like moles, rashes, fine lines due to aging, dark spots, acne, and blemishes.
For further assistance related to skin problems, connect with our Dermatologist at Ask a Doctor, available 24x7.

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Disclaimer: Information provided on this page is not intended to substitute for proper medical advice provided by your healthcare professional. This is only for informational purposes.

About the Author

Dr. Shweta Khanna

Shweta Khanna is a dental surgeon who has experience in dentistry for more than 13 years. She has been writing innovative medical and healthcare content for the past eight years. She has authored various medical blogs/articles related to dentistry, orthopedics, dermatology, women's health, consumer health articles, and research articles (basic and clinical).


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