The new year is a time for reflection, and self improvement. Rather than set unrealistic goals, try some simple beauty resolutions. Your skin and hair will thank you for it later.
1. Apply SPF Daily
UV rays aren’t only a threat during the summer. Sun damage can occur during every season, and even on the most cloudy days. Don’t subject your skin to damage, cancer, or premature wrinkling. Apply sunscreen daily after moisturizing and before makeup to ensure maximum protection.
2. Always take your makeup off before bed
Sleeping in your makeup is not a victimless crime. In fact, just one night of slumber in day old makeup can result in clogged pores, exposure to free radicals that reduce collagen production, acne, infection, or rashes.
3. Use face masks more often
Sometimes washing your face or using makeup remover wipes just doesn’t do the trick. Masks are deep cleansing, help to unclog pores, and reduce redness. Indulge in weekly self-administered spa treatments at home by applying your favorite mask.
4. Include hair masks in your beauty regimen
Our hair quite literally takes a lot of heat from hair drying, straightening, curling, and color treatments. Your tresses could use a little monthly recovery from all of the styling stress. There are plenty of hair masks on the market to choose from, as well as natural home remedies of coconut oil.
5. Moisturize twice a day
A good moisturizer locks in skin’s hydration, leaving a smoother, healthier, and softer surface. Keeping skin hydrated induces cells to repair rapidly and turnover cells, leading to huge anti-aging benefits. Apply moisturizer to your face, neck, and décolletage daily in the morning and before bedtime.
6. Throw out old products
As painful as it may be to throw away your favorite limited edition lipstick or eyeshadow palette, it must be done. Despite not having an expiration date, makeup and skincare products do go bad and can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Getting every penny’s worth out of a product is not worth risking infection. Please, everyone, exhume the old products from your beauty graveyard and toss them in the trash.
7. Go organic
Whatever products you put on your skin are eventually absorbed by your body. Unfortunately, the cosmetics industry is poorly regulated by the FDA and has barely implemented any restrictions since 1938. Most makeup and skincare on the market contain harmful chemicals such ash parabens, and formaldehyde.
Organic beauty products are eco-friendly and nutrient rich. They’re also free of harsh chemicals, toxins, and synthetic fragrance. Make a healthy choice by switching to natural cosmetics and skincare products as often as possible. For more on why to go green with your beauty routine, click here.
8. Clean your makeup brushes regularly
Makeup brushes can become petri dishes for bacteria, dust, dirt, and microbes. Clean your brushes at least once a week to prevent skin irritations, severe breakouts, and infection.