9 Dermatologist-Approved Skin-Care Resolutions for 2022

The new year is the perfect time to check in with your skin-care routine and reassess how your habits may be helping (or harming) your skin.

That said, resolutions are easy to make on January 1, and more difficult to sustain throughout the year. It’s hard to change behavior, especially when it comes to our health, according to findings from a study published in July 2016 in Public Health. Every year, Harvard Health Publishing and other outlets release articles such as “Seven Steps for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick” — because it’s difficult.

Harvard and others recommend breaking your goals into small steps that you can easily tackle. This will allow you to get some wins and feel the progress of your resolution. Additionally, when you hit these small milestones, you should celebrate with something tangible, like a medal, a gift, or some other form of victory lap. And don’t punish yourself if you make a few mistakes, says the American Psychological Association: Health changes are incremental, and progress is the victory. Don’t beat yourself up over missteps, because they’re normal.

Long-term change is not easy, but consistency is key — especially with skin care, says Heather Richmond, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center in Houston. Regular use of high quality skin care will make a huge difference over the long term, she says, but don’t expect results overnight, particularly when it comes to reducing signs of aging. Take retinoids, for example: They’re known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, according to Harvard Medical School, but it can take up to six months of regular use before you’ll see improvements. So any resolution you make now, plan to stick with for all of 2022 for the best results.


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