Another New Year is here, and if you’re like millions of other Americans, you’ve laid out plans to better yourself. Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, get in shape, save money or spend more time with your family, there are several small changes you can make to lead to a happier, healthier 2016.
1. Get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night.
You’ve probably heard more than one person say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” While that may seem like a “can do” attitude, the truth is that not getting enough sleep can have serious effects on your health—and your skin. Lack of sleep can negatively affect mood and memory and cause you to gain weight, but it also makes you look older, leads to more breakouts, dulls skin and exacerbates pre-existing skin conditions.
2. Take time for yourself.
Not to get caught up in clichés, but all work and no play is dull. Yes, it is important to be dedicated to your job, your family and other responsibilities, but it is also healthy and necessary to take time for yourself. Set aside time to read a book, take a bubble bath or go for a walk—anything that will help you escape and regroup.
Aside from helping you lose weight, get fit, release stress and stay healthy, working up a sweat is also great for your skin! Exercise is correlated with wrinkle reduction and acne relief.
4. Eat less
This isn’t a lecture. We’re not talking about eating less carbs, sugars or fats—just less in general. The basis for almost every diet is portion control, so make one of your health goals this year to eat what you love—just less of it! Keep in mind that processed and fried foods can cause breakouts and increase skin oiliness. When possible, work in antioxidant-rich foods (like fruits and vegetables) and foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and zinc (like nuts), which protect skin from wrinkles and age spots and reduce inflammation.
5. Wear sunscreen
Smart, successful people know that you need to wear sunscreen every day. UV rays damage your skin, age it prematurely and increase your risk of skin cancer, and you can get sunburned year-round. Brush On Block contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that offers SPF 30 protection and green tea leaf extract and safflower seed oil to moisturize and prevent inflammation and irritation.