A Resolution for Your Skin: 5 Things You Can Do Differently

We abuse our skin all year long. Getting fried on the beach in the summer, suffering windburn in the winter, and experiencing the cold and dry air in the fall can all take a toll on your skin’s health —and can do serious damage. Resolutions aren't just for New Year's, so resolve today to have better, healthier skin, and make a conscious effort to do things differently in your skincare routine.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. It may seem redundant, but moisturizing is the easiest, most effective way to keep your skin happy and healthy. Moisturizer helps prevent lines and wrinkles, reinforces your skin’s natural repair systems, and provides vitamins and minerals to invigorate and smooth skin. Another great way to moisturize your skin is by keeping it hydrated. Drinking plenty of water during the day keeps skin looking fresh and helps fight damage and inflammation.

Ladies, remove your make-up. We’re all guilty of sleeping in our makeup. While residual makeup may seem like an easy solution when you’re running late, it’s not worth the damage make-up can do to your skin. One night of sleeping in your make-up can age you 15 days, and those days can really add up! Make-up also clogs your pores and causes breakouts and oily skin. This year, resolve to remove your make-up every night to avoid wrinkles and shine.

Stop touching your face. According to an article by ABC News, the average person touches their face 18 times every hour. Many people don’t realize how many times a day they touch their face. Over the course of the day, our hands come in contact with millions of germs, and then we subsequently scratch, rub, massage, and touch our faces. Touching your face with your hands can worsen acne and add excess oil to your skin, and can also cause you to spread germs that lead to the flu and other viruses.

Eat skin-healthy food. Processed and fried foods can cause breakouts and increase skin oiliness. Eating antioxidant-rich foods (like fruits and vegetables) and foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, and zinc (like nuts), protects skin from wrinkles and age spots and reduce inflammation.

Use sunblock every single day. Seriously. UV rays damage your skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer—we all know that. What some people may not know is that you can get sunburned year-round—including on cloudy days—and that intense sunburns can lead to sun poisoning. You should wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 anytime you are going to be outdoors, including walking to your car or across the street. It’s also a great idea to find moisturizers, make-ups and lip balms which contain SPF or added protection.

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. Because Brush On Block is a powder instead of a lotion, it has a self-dispensing brush, is water and sweat resistant,  and is easy to apply to the face—making it an effortless part of your healthy skin resolution.