10 Dermatologist-Approved Habits for the New Year

Here at Olansky Dermatology, we support you in your pursuit of becoming healthier in the new year. And believe it or not, many general wellness goals overlap with good skincare. Here are a few ways you can prioritize your health in 2023 with the added bonus of healthier skin.

1. Get Enough Sleep

It’s not all in your head if you feel like your skin looks better when you’re well-rested. When you sleep, blood flow to the skin increases, the skin rebuilds collagen, and damage from UV exposure is repaired. This helps to reduce the signs of aging. Practice good sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Turn electronics off at least an hour before bed to block out blue light, which can disrupt your circadian rhythms.

2. Drink More Water

Every organ in your body needs enough hydration to function its best, and the skin is no exception. Wrinkles and fine lines can appear more pronounced when skin is dry, too. Aim to drink plenty of water each day.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, providing oxygen and nutrients and helping the cells banish impurities. Plus, you’ll get an alluring post-workout glow, no makeup needed. Most adults should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise.

4. Refine Your Skincare Routine

Cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF are the basics of any skincare regimen. If you have one already, ask if you need an upgrade or adjustment. Our skincare specialists can make personalized product and treatment recommendations for any issues you’re experiencing, including fine lines, dryness, and oily skin.

5. Cut Back on Alcohol

Alcohol has both short- and long-term effects on your skin’s appearance and overall health. One night of drinking can leave you with dark circles, dryness, and a dull complexion. Over time, you may experience skin changes like visible blood vessels and increased wrinkles. If holiday indulgences have you craving a break from drinking, consider test driving an alcohol-free lifestyle with a “dry January.” 

6. Manage Your Stress

Chronic stress can aggravate existing skin conditions, including eczema and acne. Since controlling stress can have tremendous benefits on your overall health, too, try to find an outlet like journaling, meditation, or talk therapy if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

7. Upgrade to a Silk Pillowcase

Cotton may be breathable and comfortable, but a smoother surface like silk will be gentler on your skin and hair. You’ll wake up with fewer tangles, and you may even reduce wrinkles over time.

8. Watch Your Processed Foods

Heavily processed foods have been linked to acne, and they’re also associated with other adverse health outcomes. Consider finding wholesome alternatives to the packaged snacks you enjoy by getting creative in the kitchen this year.

9. Get Plenty of Nutrients

In the new year, don’t just focus on what you could eliminate from your diet. Make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients to keep your skin healthy. Foods with healthy fats, protein, vitamins A and C, and zinc are especially beneficial for the skin.

10. Commit to a Health Regimen

Make a point to schedule your annual visit with both your doctor and your dermatologist each year. Not only will we take this opportunity to address any questions or issues you may have, but we can also perform a comprehensive skin exam to look for signs of skin cancer, which is best treated when caught early.

If you haven’t already, be sure to schedule your skin exam for 2023 by calling 404-355-5484 or by sending us a message online.