The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to form new skin care habits. Research shows that there really is a “fresh start effect”—personally meaningful markers of time actually create a stronger motivation to reinvigorate yourself.

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to form new skin care habits. Research shows that there really is a “fresh start effect”—personally meaningful markers of time actually create a stronger motivation to reinvigorate yourself.

Here are 5 Tips for Your Own Fresh Start to Beautiful Skin:
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1: Out with the old, in with the new

This is a great rule of thumb for just about anything. In the case of skin care, we are talking cell turnover. Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of old cells and encourage new cellular growth. The skin’s natural exfoliation process slows as the skin ages, resulting in an increased accumulation of dry, dead skin cells. Exfoliation is fundamental to achieving healthy, glowing skin. Encouraging cell turnover is important for all skin conditions, from acne to hyper-pigmentation to wrinkles.

For superior exfoliation, we suggest a home care program beginning with Stemulation MICRO DERM FACE AND BODY SCRUB, followed by our AHA BALANCING TONER, STEMULATION FACIAL SERUM AND BOOST CREME to encourage cell renewal and natural reproduction of skin cells

2: Choose water over wine

Between eggnog over Christmas and champagne into the New Year, chances are your intake of alcohol increased during the holidays. Alcohol is extremely dehydrating to the skin, making it appear less plump and fresh. Solution? Choose water over wine. Water counteracts the dehydrating effects of alcohol. After all, your skin is 64% water. “Water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to more or less get filled in,” says Julius Few, M.D., director of The Few Institute and clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago. “What’s more, a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen require water to work effectively.”
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3: Curb the sweet tooth

Research shows that sugar makes skin appear dull and encourages new wrinkles. To blame are two culprits: glycation and inflammation. Glycation takes place when the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). As AGEs accumulate, they damage collagen and elastin. AGEs also deactivate your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, leaving you more vulnerable to sun damage. Sugar also causes insulin levels to spike, which leads to inflammation, increased sebum production, and breakouts. Bottom line—skip the sugar and you will see marked improvement in your skin’s clarity and luminosity.

Stemulation HI IMPACT SERUM combats the ravages of glycation and inflammation with high-tech ingredients like Hyadisine, a higher and faster moisture retention agent than hyaluronic acid, and Pentavitin, which provides cumulative moisture.

4: Never wear makeup to bed

Makeup clogs your pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne. Sleeping in your makeup also exposes your skin to the free radicals in the environment, which makeup keeps trapped to the surface of your skin. Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which increases fine lines on the skin. Lastly, makeup is literally a barrier to an effective skin care program.

To prep skin for FACIAL SERUM and BOOST CREME at night, try our GENTLE GEL CLEANSER followed by AHA HERBAL BALANCING TONER to remove any final traces of make-up and environmental pollutants.
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5: Back your skin care with science

Become a savvy skin care shopper in 2016. Beware of over-hyped promises and unsubstantiated claims. Stemulation products are backed with proven clinical research. In a recent clinical study by independent organization, Bio Screen® Testing, 100% of the participants said their skin looked smoother after using Stemulation products, and more than 90% claimed their skin looked younger, brighter and more radiant.

Freshen your skin care approach to achieve flawless skin in 2016!