Top 2022 Skincare Resolutions

We’re all for positive change, especially when it comes to skin health. From taking control of our blemishes to preventing premature aging, starting a new year can be a powerful motivator. But beyond the resolutions, we’re most interested in empowering ourselves to make healthy skin choices year round. After all, finding products that work — and staying consistent — is the key to healthier skin for life.

On that note, we’ve rounded up the top 2022 skincare resolutions, complete with product recommendations from Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) — to help you reach your goals this year.

A woman with glowing skin that's also blemish prone

Resolution #1: Clearer skin

Spots are the most common skin condition on the planet — so it only makes sense that clearing up breakouts is top of mind in 2022. According to Dr. Lee, controlling blemishes is a multi-step process — but it doesn’t need to be complicated.

In a nutshell, managing breakouts starts with keeping pores clear with an oil soluble exfoliant like salicylic acid. Sulfur helps control blemish-causing bacteria, and retinol supports cell renewal to reduce dead cell buildup and even skin tone. The final step is maintaining balance: keeping skin moisturised to reinforce the skin barrier.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): oily/blemish-prone
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Salicylic Acid Cleanser, Sulfur Lotion, Retinol Serum, Facial Moisturizer Blemish-Prone Skin System by SLMD Skincare

Resolution #2: Healthier, glowing skin

Trends may come and go, but healthy skin is always in fashion. Keeping your complexion glowing involves nourishing it from both the inside and the outside. Dr. Lee suggests sticking to a balanced diet complete with antioxidant-rich foods and healthy fats — plus a skincare routine that focuses on balance.

The key to glowing skin hinges on protecting it from damage and boosting its innate radiance. Exfoliating with salicylic acid helps diminish dullness and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid and moisture boosted with protective vitamin C helps keep skin balanced.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): all
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Salicylic Acid Cleanser and Skin Drink by SLMD Skincare

Resolution #3: Bump-free body skin

Though it tends to worsen in the summertime, body blemishes can be a year-round issue. Taking control of them now can mean the difference between feeling more confident come tank top season, and wanting to cover up when the weather warms.

Managing body blemishes typically requires more potent active ingredients, since body skin tends to be tougher than facial skin. Using glycolic and salicylic acid will help prevent clogged pores, which are the building blocks of active blemishes.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): all, especially oily/blemish prone skin
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
SLMD Skincare Salicylic Acid Body Wash

Resolution #4: More youthful skin

Not surprisingly, looking younger is one of the most popular resolutions for 2022. The good news? It’s never too late to take measures to reduce the signs of premature ageing — and to protect your skin from future damage.

Keeping your skin looking more youthful and radiant requires a multi-step approach, including exfoliating, using retinoids, and nourishing skin with hydrating and moisturising ingredients. Dr. Lee’s number one recommendation to patients trying to look younger for as long as possible is to incorporate both retinol and sunscreen into your routine.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): all, especially ageing skin
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Retinol Serum by SLMD Skincare

Dr. Lee’s last word

Taking control of your skin health is always a good thing! I know people tend to get very motivated in the new year to make changes — and I’m all for that. What I encourage people to do is to find a skincare regimen that’s formulated with dermatological ingredients and isn’t too complicated. Staying consistent is the best way to get results. And be patient! It can take months to see real results.

—Dr. Sandra Lee


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