We all make New Year’s resolutions…but everyone knows that not all New Year’s resolutions are kept! At Tareen Dermatology in Minnesota, our goal is to help you make resolutions to improve the appearance and health of your skin – and to give you tips for keeping these resolutions! Here are our top suggestions for improving your skin in 2014:
- Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. There is no way to overstress the importance of sun protection for your skin. Not only can excessive sun exposure cause your skin to look aged (due to wrinkles and sun spots that develop), but sun exposure has been proven to increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. Find a sunscreen that you enjoy putting on in the morning. At Tareen Dermatology, we have specially formulated a sunscreen that dries with a ‘matte’ texture, so your skin doesn’t feel sticky or look greasy. Other alternatives that can be purchased at the drugstore include Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock and La Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen. Once you find a sunscreen that works for you, apply it every single morning – you never know when you might unexpectedly be outside for a few minutes.
- Talk skincare with the professionals. In order to save time and money (other great New Year’s resolutions!) speak with your dermatology expert about the best skincare options for you. There are great products that do not cost an arm and a leg, which can prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. Consider adding ingredients such as retinoids, antioxidants, and peptides to your skin care routine. A simple topical retinoid cream (available only by prescription or at your dermatology office) costs less than a bottle of wine and can erase wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. Your skincare professional can also answer questions about the nagging skin troubles you are having. For example, that annoying broken capillary on your cheek may be easily removed with a single zap of the KTP laser.
- Now is the time. Do not put things off in the new year! That mole you have been nervous about or the cracked hands that have plagued you all winter should be checked out right away. Tareen Dermatology in Minnesota has reserved appointments in the new year especially for questions like these – even for new patients.