New year, new you? January is known as a month of fresh starts and new beginnings, but even those with the best intentions might start to slip as we head back to work and get back into our routines.
Whether you’ve committed to exercising three times a week or are trying to cut back on sugar, it can be difficult to keep up your resolve as the month wears on… but we’ve come up with a handful of beauty resolutions you’ll actually want to keep! From treating yourself to a weekly face mask to spoiling yourself to a birthday spa treatment, here’s our list of New Year’s beauty resolutions to make now!
Do a beauty audit
When was the last time your cleared out your makeup bag? Beauty products and makeup all have expiry dates, and hanging onto them for longer than you’re supposed to could result in skin irritation, rashes, or even infections like blepharitis (an eye infection that can be caused by using old, expired, and bacteria-infested mascara and eye liner. Gross!). If you’ve had something in your makeup bag for over three years, it’s time to get rid of it – especially if it’s foundation (which typically lasts for about 6 months) or mascara (which expires after three months). Same goes for makeup or beauty products you hardly ever use – if you haven’t used it in the past year, chances are you won’t use it in the year to come. Chuck out all that old makeup to make way for some exciting new products instead.
Get out your diary and make an appointment for a birthday spa pamper
As women, we don’t often take the time to show ourselves a little self-love – even on special occasions, like our birthdays. This year, we’re vowing to spoil ourselves a little more by setting aside some money every month, then indulging in a manicure, facial, or full body massage (or all three!) on our birthdays. If you can’t treat yourself on your birthday, then when can you, right? Pull out your diary and phone up your favourite spa to make a birthday booking right this minute – you’ll thank us later!
Drink more water
It’s likely that you’ve made this resolution before – and if you’re anything like us, you may have failed miserably, too! Despite this, it’s still a beauty resolution worth making time and time again. Not only does it help keep your body functioning optimally, but it will also leave your complexion looking clearer and more radiant, and might even help you to lose weight. (Hunger pangs are often down to nothing more than thirst, so if you’re feeling peckish, try downing a glass of water instead).
Indulge in a weekly scrub and face mask
Don’t have the time or budget for a regular facial? Why not invest in a facial scrub and mask and treat yourself to a weekly at-home facial instead? Granular scrubs are great, but we prefer enzyme exfoliators to help slough off dead skin cells more gently. It’s recommended that you follow up a good exfoliation session with a facial mask to help moisturise your skin and nourish newly exposed skin cells.
Clean your makeup brushes
When was the last time you gave your makeup brushes a thorough clean? If you’re anything like us, weeks go by before we even think about washing them… until we’re reminded of how all that old makeup, dirt, and grime can lead to unsightly breakouts and skin irritation. Make it a habit to start cleaning your makeup brushes on a weekly basis if you use them every day… we like doing this on a Sunday evening, while catching up on the latest episode of our favourite series. You can use your regular facial cleanser to do this, or a specialised brush cleanser – but regular soap and water also does the trick if you’re in a pinch, and is definitely better than going without washing them!
Wear SPF every single day – even in winter
If you’re still not applying a good facial sunscreen to your skin every morning before venturing out of the house, now is the time to start. Regardless of whether you spend most of your time indoors at the office, wearing a daily SPF is a non-negotiable if you want to prevent premature ageing, dark spots, pigmentation, or worse – skin cancer.
Switch to a silk pillowcase
We made the switch a couple of years ago, and we haven’t looked back. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is not only better for your skin (cotton tends to absorb any moisture in your skin, leaving it looking a little worse for wear when you wake up), it’s also hypoallergenic so it’s ideal for those who suffer from allergies. It also helps to keep your hair smooth and frizz-free overnight. We can’t live without ours!
Don’t forget your neck and décolletage!
We’re sure you’ve heard it all before: when cleansing your face or applying your serum and moisturiser, be sure to extend to your neck and décolletage. These areas tend to be neglected, but they’re often the first to show signs of ageing, so be sure to show them a little love.
Which of these beauty resolutions will you be introducing into your beauty routine in 2018? Are there any other beauty resolutions you’ll be implementing this year? Share your beauty resolutions and tips for the year ahead with us below… we love hearing from our readers, and we might just share your tips in an upcoming beauty feature!