Why not aim for a skin-transforming resolution this year?
It is a new year and time to address those beauty regimes that just aren't working for you, says Lisa Haynes.
As far as diets go, yo-yos are a no-no. Maintaining a healthy weight isn't just essential for squeezing into your favourite dress but for your face, too, so avoid a rollercoaster ride on the weighing scales.
"Repeatedly gaining and losing weight can take its toll on the skin's elasticity, leaving behind stretch marks and jowls," warns dermatologist Dr Tess Mauricio.
"Yo-yo dieting also causes premature ageing – the repeated weight gain and loss stretches your skin and makes it loose and saggy. A loss of facial fat causes sagging and a gaunt, aged appearance so aim to keep your weight in the normal BMI range."
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If you do need to slim down, aim to lose weight sensibly and slowly, rather than crash-dieting, as this is more likely to be sustainable.
It is not a time for making unrealistic detox resolutions, either.
Extreme new year plans for wheatgrass shots combined with twice-daily gym visits means that you are likely to fall off the detox wagon in no time. Aim for a skin-transforming resolution that does not inflict any suffering.
"Three minutes a day body- brushing will change your skin," says Newby Hands, FeelUnique.com's editorial director.
"Work from the feet upwards, always brushing towards the heart, and work gently to target the lymphatic system for smoother limbs and softer skin. Do this daily and you'll see the difference in just two weeks."
Ditch the pointless potions in 2013 – in 2012 it was the year of the BB (beauty balm) cream, so get set for CC (colour corrector) creams in 2013. Downsize your product haul with multi-tasking products for a simpler skincare routine.
"Nowadays, with all the hybrid make-up that combines skincare and colour, you don't have to layer your skin with numerous products," says Jemma Kidd, make-up artist.
"If you make addressing redness and uneven skin tone your main aim, you can't go far wrong."
Make a resolution to be kinder to your skin.
Make a clean start by always ensuring your head hits the pillow with a freshly-scrubbed face.
Celebrity facialist Nichola Joss says: "Cleansing the skin is super- important to clear away impurities such as dead skin cells and dirt from the day, which can dull the complexion – imagine the dull surface of a mirror and then the sparkle of one that's been polished.
"Use a deep-cleansing product to remove debris from the skin, and massage in using fingertips in a circular motion. Spritz with a facial mist to rebalance your skin."