Happy New Year: Happy New Skincare Routine!

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The New Year always ushers in the desire to make significant changes in our lives. Some people vow to get healthy, while others make long lists of career goals they plan on accomplishing. This year, we recommend thinking more seriously about your skin. No matter your age, there are things you can do in every decade — from the 20s to the 50s – to improve the appearance of skin whether it’s introducing new powerful ingredients into your routine or moving on to supplements in addition to topical products. Start right away and twelve months from now, you’ll be rewarded with the best skin you’ve had in a long time! Here are New Year’s skincare resolutions for every age.

If you’re in your 20s…

Your skincare resolution should be to start using eye cream! Yes, it’s never too early. The skin along the eye area is fragile and delicate, especially as it doesn’t enjoy as much natural moisture. It is also more likely to become wrinkled or develop fine lines (like crow’s feet) from a lifetime of squinting than other areas of your face or body. Being proactive and taking care of the problem before it’s even a problem is in your best interest. Using eye cream helps to keep your eye area hydrated and helps to protect it from the formation of fine lines. Try ZO Medical’s Growth Factor Eye Serum. Powered by clinically proven ZO Growth Factor Technology, the Growth Factor Eye Serum is designed to improve the appearance of expression lines, creasing + hollowness, while plumping + encouraging healthy skin around the eyes for a visibly revived look. The cooling applicator soothes the delicate skin + re-invigorates the look of tired eyes. The sooner you start taking care of the skin along the eye area, the younger your eyes will look in the long run. $130/15 ml

If you’re in your 30s…

Your skincare resolution should be to start using retinol! You may have noticed retinol, or vitamin A, as a key ingredient in many skincare products. It has a variety of benefits, including helping to increase cell turnover and helping boost the look of firmness and tautness. By helping to boost cell turnover, retinol allows newer, healthier cells to rise to the surface. This is helpful in reducing blemishes and in helping to lighten dark spots caused by sun damage. It is also helpful in reducing the general appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As we slowly begin to lose collagen after 30, it is a good idea to introduce ingredients into our skin care regimen that can help support collagen formation. Try the Image MD Restoring Repair Creme if you’d like to begin adding retinol into your skincare routine. It contains encapsulated, time-release retinol that helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, rough texture, and uneven tone while tackling the look of breakouts. Regular use will help keep skin looking younger for longer. $78/1 oz.

If you’re in your 40s…

Your skincare resolution should be to start using plant stem cells! Just like animal stem cells, plant stem cells have the ability to help stimulate regrowth after injury. In skincare products, plant stem cell extracts have shown the ability to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Plant stem cell extracts are a great new frontier in skin care because they have shown promising results, but of course do not carry the same stigma as animal stem cells. The Jan Marini Transformation Cream is a great product to add to your routine. It contains plant stem cells extracts derived from alpine botanicals that mimic the plant’s survival abilities in harsh climates. These stem cell extracts help to encourage moisture retention in the skin, helping to delay the visible manifestation of wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants in this cream also help to reduce signs of aging for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. $110/1 oz.

If you’re in your 50s…

Your skincare resolution should be to start taking daily collagen shots! Research has shown that ingesting collagen supplements can be very helpful to improving one’s skin condition and helping to reduce telltale signs of aging. Collagen supplementation can help improve skin’s moisture levels and elasticity. Since loss of hydration and firmness are two of the biggest causes in making skin look older, it makes sense that improving these two factors can help skin’s appearance improve. Increased hydration helps plump up fine lines to make them appear less noticeable, and an increase in elasticity also helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Image Skincare’s YANA Daily Collagen Shots are a great place to start if you’re interested in improving skin appearance via collagen supplementation. YANA works from the inside out to help improve hydration and help boost the look of elasticity. Mature skin can still benefit from topical application of skin care products, but sometimes it also needs a little something extra. This is where collagen supplementation comes in. Just make sure you are taking the supplements regularly in order to get the most benefits out of them. $99/28 vials

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