It’s the time of the year where we eagerly make resolutions to help to ensure that the new year is better than the last. Stopping smoking, eating more healthily and getting more exercise are common ones, but have you given much thought to your skincare routine?
I know that I have all sorts of lofty ideas, especially after a few glasses of bubbly on New Years’s Eve. But let’s face it, most resolutions fall away into obscurity, like discarded holiday gifts by about January 15th.
So how to keep up your well-intentioned plans?
Simple! Make sure that the resolutions are easy to follow and quick to do.
So help you out, We have collected ten simple skincare goals to help you have the glowesiet skin ever this year.
It’s a pain, I know. But taking your makeup off with a good quality makeup remover will do wonders for your skin in the long run. leaving a face caked with base, primer, mascara and other pore-clogging ickies will only result in breakouts and oiliness. A quick wash, or even just a wipe with a makeup remover wipe will do the trick
Pro Tip: Keep a packet of wipes next to your bed and in your bag so that you can quickly wipe your skin clean in seconds. Go one step further and keep a travel-size moisturizer with you at all times too.
Ok, so this one is obvious. Drinking water is good for your skin. It reduces wrinkles, keeps it clear, and improves your health overall. You should be drinking at least 6 glasses a day, that’s about 2litres.
Pro Tip: Keep a 1 litre water bottle on you at all times, especially when you are working. Keep taking small sips, and before you know it you will have drunk litres and litres and of the good stuff, with no effort!
It’s not just the skin on your face the needs attention. Your body skin also needs to be pampered, resulting in fewer marks and dry patches. Exfoliate, moisturize, and cleaned with as much thought as you do the skin on your face.
Pro Tip: Moisturize your body skin after getting out of the shower r bath, when you are still wet. This will help your skin to absorb the maximum amount of product as possible.
Skin gadgets are amazing things that will help you with your new year skincare resolutions. LED light therapy is all the rage right now, and for good reason. It was developed by NASA and has been clinically proven to improve all sorts of skin conditions.
The various light spectrums can cure pretty much EVERY skin condition you can imagine. Red light smooths out wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. Blue light destroys bacteria and cures acne. Yup, even the deep-down stuff that most products can’t get to. Green light gets rid of dark spots and light spots by levelling out melatonin.
Pro Tip: use your LED device not just on your face, but all over your body!
Scrimping on skincare products will only end in tears. yea, I know that the dine store stuff will last a while, and it does the job, but does it though?
Cheap face products will cause breakouts, possible blotchy patches and oiliness. Let’s face it, cheap products may save you a few bucks now, but they will cost waaay more in the long run when you have to fix the damage they cause.
Pro Tip: Use good quality face products along with your LED device. Many of them are waterproof and will increase the absorption of serums and creams by 25%.
These days there are so many choices when it comes to face masks. You can buy $100 ones, cheap ones, or even make your own. Setting aside 15 minutes at least once a week will not only give you great skin but will also allow you some well earned me time to read a book or catch your favourite show.
Pro Tip: Egg white, oatmeal and plain yogurt make a refreshing face mask that also smooths and softens skin. It can be used on both your neck and your face. Add some honey for an antibacterial kick! We love these great quality masks.
We spend so much time making sure that our faces don’t show our age, that we forget about our hands and necks. Cleansers, moisturizers and serums can also be used on the skin of your neck and hands to help keep them looking young too.
Pro Tip: The backs of your hands use less moisturizer than your palms do. Use a regular hand cream on your hands first, and then use a good quality face cream on the back of your hands afterwards once it has been absorbed.
Serums are great at targeting specific issues that your skin may have. We all know how vital creams and cleansers are, even toners to a lesser degree, but how many of us actually have decent serum, and apply it every day? It may cost a bit more, but the effects will more than pay off when you reach your skin goals.
Pro Tip: Use a serum directly after cleansing and toning. You can use it once or twice a day depending on the serum that you choose. This Elevatione one is awesome!
The sun is harsh.
We know this. But what do we do about it?
Very little as it happens.
Sunscreen is so vitally important to maintaining our youth, and yet we hardly make use of it. Sure, when we are at the beach, or doing an outdoor activity we are sure to apply the stuff, but every day? meh.
Our face creams do often have an SPF factor but that is actually not enough. We should apply either chemical or mineral sunscreen at least twice a day.
Pro Tip: Mineral sunscreen is the thick creamy stuff that blocks UVB and UVA rays and takes effect as soon as it is applied. Chemical sunscreen is the stuff that is usually clear and burns your eyes. It takes a while to take effect but lasts longer on the skin than the mineral type. use a chemical sunscreen on most days unless you plan on being in the sun all day, and plan on getting wet.
The best resolution I can get behind is to try new products. If you don’t use a serum, get one. If you haven’t tried an essence, try it. Splurge on the good quality name brand product that you may not have tried before.
Resolutions are hard to stick to, but keeping to these will help you to reach your skin goals in no time!
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