The American Idols of Clear Skin
If you are anything like me, you know the only episodes not to miss of American Idol are the first two weeks where the voices of the contestants can make babies cry and dogs howl. You watch when Simon Cowell picks them apart piece by piece and laugh, even though you know it's so wrong. This is true primetime entertainment.
With the flee of Paula Abdul, this season's selection committee is made up of guest judges, like the fabulous Mary J. Blige. As I watched pure pain go through her face this week when these people came in to sing, I noticed something else on her face - amazing skin. Even Simon had a special little glow about him! It could be that he is relieved this is his last trip to Middle America to find the next big thing, or it could be that he too has alarmingly great looking skin.
Dr. Neal Schultz, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of DermTV.com has given us a list of skin resolutions for all you slackers that haven't made a resolution for the New Year yet. For flawless skin like our Idol judges he recommends to resolve the following:
I will determine my skin type. Finding out what your facial skin type is with respect to its balance of oil and water is crucial to choosing the right products for your face. Find out how you can determine your skin type and what moisturizer is best for you.
I will find products I like. Regardless of your skin type, finding facial products that smell and feel good to you will make you more apt to use them regularly.
I will establish a daily routine. Following the same routine twice a day every day regardless of which products you are using (glycolics, anti-oxidants, sunscreens, cleansers, toners or moisturizers, etc.) will significantly improve your skin's color and texture.
I will protect my skin and make it glow. Use a gentle chemical (glycolic) exfoliator, an anti-oxidant, and a sunscreen every day, summer or winter, rain or shine. This way, your skin will always be protected from the sun and the combination of anti-oxidants and exfoliants will make your skin lustrous and glowing. Check out some of the best beauty products here.
I will examine my skin. Any change in color, size, texture, or shape that you can detect in any skin growth or mole is not a subtle change and should be brought to your dermatologist's attention as soon as possible. In addition, make sure that you have a complete skin examination annually by a board certified dermatologist (preferably during your birth month).