This year has been quite the adventure, with new opportunities, challenges, and experiences seemingly around every corner. Soon, many of us will be sitting down in reflection of what we’ve learned in 2020, and how we’d like to grow in 2021. Despite our best efforts, though, it’s reported that an estimated 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. In many cases, it’s because these goals are too lofty, create too much pressure, or simply require more time and energy than we are willing to put into accomplishing them. It’s disheartening, yet it’s a pattern we tend to repeat year after year. 

That’s why we’re encouraging you to set a different kind of New Year’s resolution as we head into 2021. Instead of focusing on perfecting a perceived flaw or reaching a vague milestone, keep it simple with a self-care resolution that helps you live a happier, healthier, and more optimistic life– especially when it comes to your skin. 

Resolution #1: I will do things that make me look and feel my best

No matter who you are or how old you are, there are times when every person struggles with insecurities about the way that they look. As we age, these times of self-doubt may become more frequent, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live with them. While aging is a natural, beautiful process, many external signs can be reduced, helping you look and feel your best for many years to come. 

Your dermatologist can help you figure out the right treatments and plans for any sign of aging that you’d like corrected. Concerns about wrinkles and fine lines can be addressed with treatments like Botox® and Xeomin®. Dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Merz Aesthetics Belotero® can take care of the natural loss of fat volume that keeps our skin plump and supple. Issues like uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, and scarring can be improved with chemical peels, microneedling, and the right skincare products. 

Resolve to spend more time doing things that help you stay confident, radiant, and proud of the skin you’re in. 

Resolution #2: I will go to regular dermatology appointments to keep my skin in check

Unlike our annual visits with the dentist or a primary care physician, many of us don’t visit with a dermatologist until we think something is wrong. Your skin is an organ, just like your heart, your brain, and your kidneys. It requires specific, regular care to check for issues before they can grow into major problems. Rashes, moles, and spots are often normal and safe, but annual visits with a dermatologist can catch those instances when they aren’t. Additionally, you may be struggling with cosmetic concerns, like acne or hyperpigmentation, that is easily fixed with a treatment plan. In 2021, commit to scheduling a consultation with a dermatologist in your area and establishing regular visits as part of your health plan. 

Resolution #3: I will maintain eating and drinking habits that help my body stay healthy, inside and out. 

One of the most common resolutions we make is to lose weight. While maintaining a healthy weight according to your body type is an important goal to have, it puts a lot of pressure on you to watch a number on the scale instead of looking for the signs that your diet is keeping your body fueled and well-nourished. 

Your nutrient and water intake plays a huge role in the health of your skin. Staying hydrated helps keep your skin’s protective barrier intact, protecting you from dryness, irritation, and toxins. Eating a good balance of foods rich in vitamins D, C, E, and K can help reduce the prevalence of brown spots, redness, wrinkles, uneven texture, and dryness. Focusing on these kinds of goals, where you commit to increasing your vitamin and water intake, is more tangible and achievable than just telling yourself to lose weight, with the bonus effect of helping you achieve smooth, radiant skin!

Ready to kick 2021 off right? Start with a conversation with our providers! We can help you better understand what your skin needs to stay healthy and set you up with personalized care plans that address your specific concerns. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!