They say beauty is only skin deep, but that's no reason not to shoot for beautiful skin. If getting glowing, youthful, smooth skin is on your to-do list this year, it may not be as difficult as you think. In fact, a few simple steps could have you enjoying skin-deep beauty all year long.
Get rid of unwanted hair
However beautiful your skin, it's doing you no favors if it's covered by unsightly unwanted hair or rough, red irritation from shaving, waxing or other traditional hair-removal methods. This year, break up with unwanted hair for good with laser hair removal. If you've put off laser removal before, consider this: According to Smart Beauty Guide, over 95 percent of laser hair removal patients are satisfied with their results, and for good reason. Laser hair removal is safe, effective, affordable and — this just in — it works for everyone. While the procedure is most effective for those with light skin and dark hair, Lauren Celko at New Age Laser Aesthetics in Pittsburgh is happy to report a solution for those with darker skin or lighter hair.
“We have a topical product that attaches melanin to the follicle of the hair to allow previously untreatable, too-light hair to now be treated,” she said. If you thought laser hair removal wasn't for you, this just might be the year to change your mind.
Go back to the basics
Miracle treatments aside, your skin yearns for simple, daily attention. According to WebMD, your most effective skin care regime is always based on your skin type. If you're not sure whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or combination, an appointment with an aesthetician can help resolve any uncertainty. Your skin type will determine how to effectively cleanse skin without causing harm or irritation, and will determine which ingredients you'll need in a moisturizer. Regardless of your skin type, applying daily sunscreen is a critical step in preserving your skin's luminous quality. Not only can sunscreen protect you from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, it can also help prevent those fine lines, wrinkles and red and brown spots caused by sun damage.
Fight acne effectively
You don't have to be a hormone-raged teenager to struggle with unsightly acne. And unlike your teenage years, you now have more tools than a jumbo tube of Clearasil to help you through a breakout. If you haven't yet tried intense pulsed light (IPL) for acne, 2017 is the year to start. Not only is this cutting-edge treatment effective for mild to moderate inflammatory acne, it can also help erase the scars from breakouts of years gone by. During an IPL treatment, pulsed light at specific wavelengths targets bacteria within the skin, while other wavelengths target pigment in the skin from old acne scars. This year, there's no need to wear your acne breakouts — past or present — on your face.
Try an all-in-one solution
They say the older you are, the wiser you get — but there's no need to be wearing all that wisdom on your skin. If fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars and other skin imperfections have got you down, there's one simple way to fight back. According to Celko, Sublative RF, also known as eMatrix, is the newest, most effective way to target most skin conditions in one simple treatment. eMatrix improves the skin's tone, texture and color and is safe for all skin types and pigments. Best of all, this procedure requires little to no downtime — in fact, you can be wearing makeup again in as little as 12 hours.
A journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, Kristen Price has experience writing in a variety of fields, including art and culture, health and fitness and financial and real estate services. Kristen has written for USA Today, SFGate and the Knot.