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Commit to Healthier Skin This New Year

We often think of increasing exercise or losing weight when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but why not focus on the health of our skin? As the largest organ in the body—and one of the biggest age revealers—it’s certainly worthy of a tune-up.

A visit to your dermatologist is a great way to start the year. Your dermatologist should be board certified, meaning that he or she has been certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in dermatology and has undergone extensive training in skin health and related disorders.

A skilled dermatologist can analyze the condition of your skin and recommend topical products or in-office treatments to improve cosmetic concerns like the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. He or she may also suggest preventative therapy, such as the use of topical antioxidants.

With proper diagnosis, most skin conditions will respond well to regular treatment and a professional regimen prescribed by your doctor. Professional skincare claims are typically backed by scientific research and clinical studies. These targeted treatments are also formulated with concentrated, efficacious ingredients proven to be more effective in treating the signs of aging.

Another important resolution (and one that’s sure to be supported by your dermatologist): Daily use of sunscreen. Commit to skin health now, and you’ll see more beautiful—and healthier—skin later.