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5 Dermatologist Tips That Will Help You Achieve Your Skin Care Goals in 2021

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As you start to dream about brighter days ahead in 2021, add one more new year to-do to your list: Take great care of your skin.

“In general the end of the year/beginning of the new year is a time to reflect on yourself, your life and the past year and resolve to make positive changes,” explains dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah, M.D. “Just as many people make resolutions to improve their general health (e.g. eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more), the new year is a good time to assess your skin health, set goals for the upcoming year and plan on how you will accomplish those goals.”

Here are some commandments to make for your skin over the next 12 months:

  1. 1. Wear sunscreen every day.
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    1. Wear sunscreen every day.

    UNSEEN SUNSCREEN™ SPF 40 is a weightless, colorless, scentless, oil-free formula for face that leaves behind a velvety soft finish. It also acts as a makeup gripping primer that’s perfect for all skin tones.Key Ingredients: * Red Algae: helps protect against blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers * Frankincense: helps the skin be resilient and provides a soothing effect * Complex Derived From Meadow Foam Seed: increases hydration levels, resulting in a more even skin texture Key Benefits: * Provides blue light protection * Offers hydration
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  2. 2. Wash off your makeup.
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    2. Wash off your makeup.

    When your skin tends toward dry and/or inflamed, but you love the clean-rinsing feeling of a cream cleanser, try Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash from HoliFrog. With a pH of 5 and blended with soothing, non-fragrant botanical extracts, it gently removes makeup and debris while retaining your natural hydration. The cleanser also works well for any skin type that needs a little extra love, whether from over-exfoliating, aggressive treatments or seasonal allergies. Made only with skin-loving ingredients, nothing is included that may potentially send your skin on an irritation spiral,
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  3. 3. Incorporate a vitamin C antioxidant serum into your skin care routine.
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    3. Incorporate a vitamin C antioxidant serum into your skin care routine.

    Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% infuses your skin with L-ascorbic acid, the only form of vitamin C suitable for topical application. Designed to penetrate deep into your skin, this vitamin C serum provides effective antioxidant protection from UV damage as it brightens away hyperpigmentation and encourages the growth of collagen and elastin fibers. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture to your skin to prevent
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  4. 4. Wash your makeup tools regularly.
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    4. Wash your makeup tools regularly.

    Fess up: when was the last time you actually cleaned off those makeup sponges and brushes you use every single day (sometimes more than once a day)? We won’t judge you for how long it’s been, but make it a priority to ensure you’re keeping tools clean.
    “People often overlook washing their makeup brushes/applicators regularly but this is a big no-no,” Shah says. “Besides makeup, brushes collect oil, dust, dead skin cells, residue of other products that may be on your face or hair, and other debris. Just imagine transferring all of this onto your face! Dirty brushes can contribute to acne, skin infections and skin irritation. Additionally, your makeup may not go on as smoothly and the color may not look perfect.”
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  5. 5. Take a probiotic.
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    5. Take a probiotic.

    Everything starts with a healthy gut and Prebiotic + Probiotic from The Nue Co. is formulated specifically to help combat long-term digestive issues. The time-delay capsules are gentle on the stomach and derived from 100% organic chicory root, which has been proven to help treat symptoms of IBS. The combination of probiotic and prebiotic fiber aids digestion and fights bloating, rebalancing your microbiome to boost external radiance and help calm inflamed skin.Key Ingredients: * Probiotic + Prebiotic Inulin: a fiber derived from 100% organic chicory root that aids digestion, fights bloating
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