Medically reviewed by Aimee Paik, MD
Written by Annie Lam
Last updated 4/4/2022
Welcome to 2022! This is a time for making new goals, new year's resolutions, and setting yourself up for success in the new year. While we're always here for self-improvement, sometimes new year's resolutions can create extra pressure on ourselves.
A commonly used term during this time is “new year, new me” - but why do we need to remake ourselves into a "new person"? While wanting to make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle or spend more time with family is great, there's a huge amount of pressure to "redefine" ourselves in the new year. Instead, we want to shift the focus to loving yourself as you are.
New year, SAME you. We're bringing that "love yourself" energy into 2022. This year, let's focus on loving the skin that we're in and nurturing the body that supports us. Instead of striving for perfection, try making realistic resolutions that can help you better take care of yourself this year.
Here are some realistic skincare resolutions we're making this new year:
Social media can make us feel perfect, flawless skin is the norm. However, real skin has acne, dark circles, acne scars, and more. Rather than using skin care products with the sole focus of getting "poreless" skin, have your skincare goals be focused on getting healthier skin!
A more achievable skincare resolution could be being more consistent with your skincare routine. The best way to see results is to use your skincare products regularly, so this is a great way to focus on taking care of yourself and your skin health.
Here are some simple habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine:
Regardless of your skin type, keeping your skin hydrated is key for healthy skin. Our derms recommend looking for ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to hydrate your skin.
For dry skin, a richer moisturizer is a great option to nourish your skin.
For oily skin, a lightweight gel moisturizer could be a great option!
If you have sensitive skin, opt for a formula without fragrance or essential oils.
Daily sun protection is crucial to protect your skin against UV rays and prevent premature wrinkles/fine lines and sun damage. Try your best to apply sunscreen regularly to keep your skin protected from premature aging and skin cancer! Our derms recommend looking for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30+ for the best protection.
It's easy to accidentally fall asleep with your makeup on after a long day, but sleeping in your makeup may worsen breakouts. Remember to cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser every day to ensure your makeup is removed. If needed, you can use a makeup remover or cleansing oil/balm to remove heavy makeup before cleansing. While we know it can be difficult to do some days, removing your makeup is an important part of a skincare routine.
Remember to take care of yourself in more ways than one! Living a healthy lifestyle can include having a consistent skincare routine, getting more sleep, incorporating nourishing foods into your diet, and finding time for movement when you can. For 2022, let's shift the goal from "losing weight" to nurturing and caring for ourselves however we can. Try to avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on what's best for you, personally.
Last thing to note - there are no requirements for making new years resolutions. It's completely okay to just continue into the new year exactly as you are. Some people look at the start of 2022 as a time to set goals and expectations, but you don't have to. Even making it to another year is an accomplishment of its own. For 2022, let's focus on taking care of ourselves in the best way we can, even if that looks different for everyone. Here's to giving ourselves more love this new year!
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