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New Year, New Skin

With the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to set our sights on the exciting possibilities the New Year brings. Let’s wipe the slate clean and jump into some new and healthier routines. If you’re anything like me, there have probably been a few times in your life where you slacked on your skincare regimen. To help you get back on track, here are a few New Year’s Resolutions for you to stick to.

Start a bathing regimen

First and foremost, you need to start a bathing regiment. If you have time for the “Soak and Seal” method, go that route. If not, I recommend taking two showers a day: once in the morning and once at night. The first shower will cleanse your skin of all the sweat and dead skin cells that have accumulated overnight, and the evening shower will remove all the bacteria that have been covering your body all day.

Prioritize moisturizing your skin

Moisturizing multiple times a day is a surefire way to improve your skin barrier. Any products that have the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance are great options. Depending on the dryness of my skin, I use either CeraVe Moisturizing Cream or CeraVe Healing Ointment. I like to carry around a small bottle so it’s always available when I need it most.

Eat healthier

Everyone, not just eczema patients, should adhere to this goal for the new year. The decadent foods and alcoholic beverages you consumed over the Holiday season have likely taken a toll on the health of your skin and your waistline. Start the year off on the right foot and substitute high sugar and fat foods for more vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. All of the nutrients in these foods will help get your immune system back on track and in return will have you feeling better than before.

Avoid allergens

This resolution is easier said than done, as it’s hard to predict the unpredictable. Make a conscious effort to stay away from any allergens that could result in a flare of your skin. Instead of visiting your friend with three longhaired cats, suggest that they come and spend some time at your place.

Reduce stress

Stress can be a huge contributor to your eczema without you even realizing it. Simple things such as sleepless nights, a tough week at work, or the stress of maintaining a household are all likely to be the catalyst behind your next eczema flare. To combat that, carve out 30 minutes to an hour each day to focus on yourself. Try exercising, reading, or spending time with your loved ones.

It takes time

We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Don’t be discouraged if it requires some extra time to incorporate these new recommendations into your current lifestyle. After all, exacting an assortment of large changes at once can be tough! If that’s the case for you, slowly apply these new behaviors to your life every few weeks. With that being said, cheers to a New Year and your healthier and happier skin!

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