1. I resolve to double cleanse
Even if you don’t wear foundation, you should still use a makeup remover before your regular cleanser. Why? Because most sunscreens (which you definitely need to be using) are designed to stay on your skin and require a makeup remover to ensure that it’s properly washed off. If you don’t, ingredients from your sunscreen might get left behind, leading to clogged pores, breakouts and problem skin.
2. I resolve to change my mascara regularly
While you can keep most of your makeup for about six months to a year, you should toss your mascara after three months. It has a shorter lifespan than other products because of its proximity to your eyes, as well as the nature of the product, which carries with it a higher risk of transferring bacteria back and forth from your peepers to the tube. After all, an eye infection is so not cute. Also, if your mascara starts to dry before the 90-day mark, it’s also time to ditch it.
3. I resolve to mask at least once a week
Facial masks are like multivitamins for our skin. They might not be absolutely necessary, but they give your complexion a nice little boost and help to treat specific conditions. And if you find cream or clay masks too much of a hassle, then why not use a sheet mask? There are a ton of awesome ones now that just take 15 minutes, which is a small price to pay for better skin. One to try is the IDS Skincare DermaShield Mask ($105 for a box of 10). The multipurpose mask not only protects skin from damage caused by UV, Infrared, blue light and pollutants, it also hydrates, brightens and softens fine lines.
4. I resolve to wash my makeup brushes
This is a safe space so we won’t be shaming anyone. But we can’t emphasize more how important it is to cleanse your makeup brushes regularly, and by that we mean once every seven to 10 days. Think about it, makeup brushes are porous which allows a build up of oil, dust, dirt and even skin cells, everything that bacteria loves. Can you imagine using a bacteria-filled brush daily on your face? Just, no. It might be a hassle but it’s actually really easy to wash them. Just rinse them with warm water then massage in some soap onto the bristles and rinse again under running water. Continue until the water is clear, and then lay them out to dry. Here comes the important part. Don’t use the brushes until they are completely dry.
5. I resolve to use more sunscreen
Most women are quite good at remembering to use sunscreen. What they’re not so good at? Applying the right amount. Most of us tend to use too little sunscreen, either because we don’t like the feeling of it or we think we don’t need that much. In actual fact, you should be using about 1/3 a teaspoon of for your face and neck. Or an amount equal to the size of an edamame. If you find most sunscreens too heavy or sticky, then try the Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF40 ($62). It’s super lightweight and is great for sensitive, oily or acne-prone complexions.
6. I resolve to drink more water
We don’t mean to sound like a nagging mum but this is so important, both for your skin and your health. Water helps your skin maintain its optimal moisture levels, which leads to better elasticity and less fine lines. Your face will also look less puffy because your body retains water when it’s dehydrated. Water also helps to flush out the toxins in your body and boost blood flow to your skin, which can help with problems like eczema and acne. With all these beauty benefits, how can you say no to a simple eight glasses a day?
7. I resolve to change up my makeup look
It’s something we’re all guilty of. We get into a routine, then we get lazy, then bam! It’s 10 years later and we’re using the exact same shades and products every single day. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with a good thing, but it’s also important not to get into a rut and stop trying new things. Why not start with special occasions? Got a birthday coming up, then why not try out that bright red liquid lipstick that’s so popular now? Or change up your regular liquid foundation with the myriad of new cushions in the market. Love brown eyeshadows? Pink works great on Asian skin as well. There are literally so many new options to try, so why not indulge in the new year?
8. I resolve to skip hot showers
Yes, they might feel great but they’re definitely not good for your skin. Our skin has a layer of oils that helps to prevent moisture loss and keep it healthy and supple. However, hot showers can strip your skin of this essential layer, leading to dehydration, ageing and a host of other problems. Instead, try to shower with cool or lukewarm water. And if you really must, keep hot baths short and infrequent. Your skin and the environment will thank you for it.
9. I resolve to over-exfoliating
This is an issue of too much of a good thing. Regular exfoliation is actually a great for your skin. It helps to get rid of stubborn surface dead skin cells to keep your complexion smooth, clear and healthy. However, because it gives instant results, many tend to get over enthusiastic and over do it, which can lead to problems like a damaged protective barrier, skin inflammation, redness and more. So remember, twice a week should be the max and if you have sensitive skin, then once a week is more than enough.
10. I resolve to sleep more
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body will release the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of this stress hormone will lead to inflammation, which can affect your skin health and quality. High levels of inflammation will also worsen conditions like eczema, psoriasis, sensitivity and acne. When you’re sleeping, your body also rebalances its hydration levels, preventing skin dryness and puffiness under your eyes. And that’s not all. Growth hormones are released when you snooze to help repair skin damage, and not getting your seven to eight hours in will accelerate the skin ageing process. Time to get some shut eye!
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