New Year’s resolution season is upon us. Here at AEDIT, we are dreaming up ways to improve our skincare routines and try new aesthetic procedures. From resuming in-office procedures (with the proper COVID-19 protocols, of course) to trying out an at-home beauty tool (or two!), the AEDIT team has an array of aesthetic plans for the New Year and beyond. Keep scrolling to see the skincare habits #TeamAEDIT is planning to adopt and the cosmetic treatments we’d like to try in 2021.
1. Kristin, Sr. Growth Marketing Manager
I'm planning to get more consistent with my in-office skincare treatments (with all the necessary COVID-19 precautions), which means more regular facials (I particularly like the HydraFacial®) and potentially starting a superficial chemical peel regimen to combat aging and boost collagen production.
2. Matthew, CTO
3. Cynthia, Account Manager
In addition to my existing skincare routine, I plan on using a rose quartz gua sha tool (like this one from Mount Lai) to massage serums and face oils into my skin to improve circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. I start with cleanser, use toner, and then apply eye cream, serum, and face oil. I will use the gua sha to thoroughly massage my skin in upward motions, especially on the neck, and then will follow with moisturizer and mineral sunblock to seal it in. One in-office treatment I am seriously considering is lip augmentation and filler. I believe it will make my overall smile and mouth area more symmetrical and boost my confidence.
4. Vivien, Editor
This year, I want to be more diligent with at-home products that aren't skincare related. The first is to be consistent with my NuFACE microcurrent device on a daily basis because saggy jowls are something I've noticed in my family; the second is to integrate more haircare products to help with hair loss and thinning hair. I am turning 30 this year, so my plan is to try more in-office treatments like Botox® (it will be my first time) and to get a light chemical peel. Quarantine has made me feel as though I've aged five years, so it's time to put my skin into the hands of a board certified professional.
5. Austin, Provider Solutions
I am considering jawline fillers going into 2021. My main motivation is my upcoming wedding. One issue I've found is that I am never happy with my side profile or chin in candid pictures — engagement photos being an example. I don't want to be over-analyzing pictures that I will have for the rest of my life, so I'm considering fillers as an option in March or April.
6. Jenny, Senior Director of Product
I have a three-year-old son, so not falling asleep with my makeup on is an aspirational goal for 2021! I want to keep up the habit of using my Paula's Choice retinol cream at night because of the scientific evidence of its effectiveness for skin rejuvenation. Also, I'm trying to be obsessive about applying sunscreen every day. I'm data and research obsessed, so now that I'm working at AEDIT, it's my goal to up my knowledge on the most science-backed treatments to invest in.
7. Chris, Sr. Software Engineer
With the significant increase to the frequency and intensity of handwashing due to the pandemic, my hands have been taking a beating that's been amplified by my seasonal dry skin. As such, I'm going to make hand moisturizing (this is the good stuff) part of a daily routine to try to get ahead of it instead of just using it reactively when my hands get bad.
8. Témi, Assistant Editor
In 2021, I want to try laser hair removal! I’m tired of razors and depilatory creams, but I know I’ll need to search extensively to find a place that can safely remove dark hair from dark skin.
9. Rebecca, Brand Marketing Manager
I would love to learn how to incorporate more ‘good acids’ into my skincare routine, as well as making sure I wear an eye cream and SPF everyday. I started using hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid to slow down small signs of aging in my thirties. I really miss getting facials, so I would love to give myself at least one facial a week to help address any seasonal skin needs.
10. Harlan, Talent Acquisition Partner
I want to add some sort of moisturizer to my regimen. I know I need to get a good moisturizer to use every day, and I just haven't done it yet. 2021 will be the year I do it!
11. Revati, Front End Developer
In 2021, I want to try nutritional supplements to improve my skin from the inside out. My skin started looking really pale and dull during quarantine, so I've been eying the HUM Glow Sweet Glow Gummies. I've had good luck with their other supplements in the past, so I hope this makes a difference!
12. Anne, User Researcher
A weekly bath and face mask sounds nice and achievable. I used to do it religiously in NYC, but I’m now remote from my family home in central Pennsylvania, and I've lost track of that good habit. Maybe a ‘blocker’ is sourcing a good face mask. I used to pick up random sheet masks while on lunch breaks in the city, but I'll ask our editorial director Meg (sorry, Meg!) or my older sister — those are my two beauty resources — for recommendations. Now that I think about it, the real ‘blocker’ is the lack of ambiance in my childhood bathroom. Just putting those words together sounds so unappealing, and the tub shape doesn't allow for me to use my little wooden bath tray or set a candle nicely on the bathtub edge. Now I have a new project! I'd also like to become a woman who gets a facial every season. The last one I got was before I started my job at AEDIT. It was a treat from my older sister (the beauty resource mentioned earlier). This goal may be slightly delayed until I can safely enter a spa and feel relaxed in the world.
13. Chris, Engineer
I've found the water I use to be rather hard and it dries out my skin much quicker than I expected, so I am going to try using a night cream to help soothe my face and keep it from drying out and cracking after cleansing. I would also be interested in trying a facial to see what it can do for my skin. Depending on how that goes, I would potentially try a chemical peel as well. The benefits seem quite rewarding, and I think it's worth it for the new year.
14. Yan, Product Designer
I’m adding some anti-aging and acne treatment products to my skincare routine. I've tried retinoids before, but it caused a little bit of purging with redness, peeling, and even more acne. Then I found that bakuchiol products — like the Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum or REN Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream — can be good substitutes for retinoids. They’ve worked well so far, and I’ve also experienced less breakouts since I started to use them. I'm planning on adding the REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil, which is more hydrating than cream, to my 2021 routine, as my skin gets drier in winter.
15. Nikan, Computer Vision Engineer
I’m not a big fan of supplements and am hardly able to stick to a regular plan! Per a friend’s suggestion, I used to take these gummies to maintain healthy hair and skin. I could see the difference in a few weeks of taking them before losing track. I recently decided to use a plant-based vitamin C serum, TruSkin Vitamin C Serum, a few times a week after getting out of the shower. This helps me have hydrated and fresher skin, and I’ll hopefully continue using it next year!
16. Alyssa, Lead Product Designer
I've never been to a dermatologist before, and I think it's high time I do! I'm interested in exploring anti-aging options such as Botox® or laser treatments as I look toward my thirties — once I find the right provider for me, of course.
17. Marie, Product Designer
Next year, I would like to get a facial every few months. I also recently started taking vitamins for hair, skin, and nails — plus taking collagen — so I will continue that through 2021. Hoping for great results!
18. Meg, Editorial Director
In 2021, I am going to continue to get Botox® every four to six months. Not only does it smooth my horizontal forehead lines, soften my glebellars, and provide a subtle brow lift, but it also relieves my tension headaches. I am turning 30 in January, and I anticipate my skin starting to change. To combat any early signs of laxity, I resolve to start using my ZIIP Beauty microcurrent device more regularly — if not daily, then at least a couple times a week.
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