A new year always brings with it new hope for what’s to come, as evidenced by the very concept of New Year’s resolutions, and “new year, new start” challenges like Veganuary (going vegan for the first month of the year) and Dry January (cutting out alcohol for the month).
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Every new year brings its fair share of health trends, too, though not all of them are, in fact, healthy. For all its positive contributions to society, social media is a breeding ground for viral health habits that are harmless at best (see, for example, protein coffee, or “proffee”) and deadly at worst (like the incredibly unsafe “Benadryl Challenge”).
In anticipation of 2023, we asked healthcare providers which health and wellness practices they think deserve to trend in the new year. From diet and exercise to skin care and self-care, here are the 10 healthy habits we hope to see hit it big in the year to come.
1. Try a toner
While toners have been around for years — you might have seen a bottle on your grandma’s dresser — the popular skin care product has received a major upgrade. In the past, toners were used to remove makeup residue and dirt, but their harsh ingredients, like alcohol and witch hazel, left skin feeling irritated and dry.
Dermatologist Alok Vij, MD, says today’s toners are all about skin-loving ingredients like antioxidants, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and niacinamide. Certain formulas can help to:
Gently exfoliate your skin.
Regulate excess oil.
“Different toners are available for different skin complaints,” Dr. Vij says. “There are toners that can help you with rosacea, acne or hyperpigmentation from sun damage.”
If you want to add a toner to your skin care routine, Dr. Vij says it’s best to use one after you’ve cleansed your face. And make sure to let your skin dry completely before layering on any serums or moisturizers.