Top 2022 Skincare Resolutions

We’re all for positive change, especially when it comes to skin health. From taking control of our acne 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 acne prone

Resolution #1: Clearer skin

Acne is 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 acne 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. Benzoyl peroxide or sulfur help control acne-causing bacteria, and retinol speeds up cell turnover to reduce dead cell buildup and even skin tone. The final step is maintaining balance: keeping skin moisturized to reinforce the skin barrier.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): oily/acne-prone
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Skin type(s): oily/acne-prone + sensitive
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Salicylic Acid Cleanser, BP Lotion, Retinol Serum, Facial Moisturizer Acne System 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. Antioxidant superstar vitamin C helps prevent damage from free radicals, and stimulates both collagen and elastin production. Hyaluronic acid and moisture 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
Daily Bright, All Bright, Bright Future for glowing skin SLMD Skincare

Resolution #3: Bump-free body skin

Body bumps may seem more like a summertime skin concern, but here’s a secret: treating them now means smoother skin is just around the corner.

Keratosis pilaris is caused by excess keratin protein that accumulates in the pores. Exfoliating with a blend of glycolic and lactic acids and then moisturizing helps eliminate that rough, bumpy buildup.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): all, especially rough, dry skin
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 6-8 weeks
Glycolic Acid Body Scrub and Body Lotion for keratosis pilaris SLMD Skincare

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 aging — 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 moisturizing 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

Regimen:
Skin type(s): all, especially aging skin
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
Salicylic Acid Cleanser, Resurfacing Acne Swipes, Retinol Serum, Hyaluronic Acid Serum for anti-aging SLMD Skincare

Resolution #5: Clearer body skin

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

Managing body acne typically requires more potent active ingredients, since body skin tends to be tougher than facial skin. A combination of salicylic acid (to prevent clogged pores) and benzoyl peroxide (to kill inflammatory-acne-causing bacteria) will address body acne at every stage.

Dr. Lee’s top picks

Skin type(s): all, especially oily/acne prone skin
Results: Some changes may appear as soon as a month, with full results in about 12 weeks
BP Body Wash and Salicylic Acid Body Spray Body Acne System 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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