A few days into the New Year, you've probably made a commitment to cook more, eat less, and adopt a number of other healthy habits . After all, it's the ideal time to make positive changes in different aspects of your life. If you've been slacking in the beauty department (not taking off your makeup before bedtime or forgetting to put on sunscreen), here's your chance to redeem yourself. The best part about beauty resolutions? They're fun!
1. Apply SPF to the back of your hands every day.
It's a beauty editor's job to preach the importance of wearing sunscreen even on cloudy days. Not only does it help prevent skin cancer , but even dermatologists agree that it's best to slow down visible signs of aging , including pesky lines and brown spots. Invest in a lightweight formula (SPF 30 or higher). The good: La Roche-Posay Anselios AOX , a sheer serum with antioxidants that also acts as a makeup primer and contains SPF 50. After smoothing it onto your skin, swipe it onto the back of your hand to make it look as smooth as your face.
2. Edit your makeup stash.
It's easy to let a lot of old stuff pile up in your house because your makeup is so clean. Look through your bags and cabinets and toss any colors you've never worn or items that have been used for more than a year (unless it's mascara or eyeliner, then chuck it after three months). You'll streamline your routine and buy yourself some valuable time in the morning.
3. Wash the brush and wipe off the compact.
While you're pairing up, clean your brush and sponge, wipe down your makeup bag (baby wipes work wonders), and wipe down your compact. Wash the brush and sponge with baby shampoo or non-irritating soap and warm water, lay out and dry. This will help prevent breakouts. Plus, you'll feel more organized as you get ready.
4. Double-cleanse before you doze off.
If you're hitting the pillow with makeup on, this one's for you. Going to bed with dirt on your skin can clog your pores and lead to breakouts and premature aging. Instead of dreading your nighttime skincare routine, consider it a full five minutes for yourself. First, squirt micellar water onto a face wipe (or cotton pad), then swipe it onto the skin in upward strokes to remove makeup. Try Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-One Makeup Remover Cleanser, which also comes in a waterproof version. If you're really beat up, hit the sack, but if you're in for a bit more, cleanse with a gentle cleanser and then apply a serum or night cream with a skin-smoothing retinoid. OlayRegenerist intensive repair treatment, it can double as your eye cream.
5. Use the sheet mask while watching TV.
Multitasking at its best: slap on one of these powerful masks while you're catching up on DVR or skimming emails, and ditch the mask. Yes, it will look a little funny for a few minutes, but it will give your skin some TLC without spending a lot of time or money at the spa. Try Dr. Jart + Water Supply Cotton Sheet Mask, this is hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin.
6. Facial massage everyday.
Massaging our face promotes oxygen and blood flow in our skin. Not only does this result in reducing puffiness, it also creates a brighter skin tone and appearance. The massage will also increase collagen production, which prevents the formation of wrinkles. LL skin present several facial massage tools such as MIO2, MAMI and more to help you do the massage with new cutting-edge technology. For more info please visit: https://www.llskin.jp/
7. Unplug the flat iron.
If you've gotten into the habit of heat styling your hair on a regular basis, chances are your ends are fried, split, and dry. Air-drying and embracing your natural texture can help bring back some life (and shine). Damp hair in a braid or bun can help control it and give it a nice texture. Can't let go of your hot tools? Cut back to dry only , ironing or curling once or twice a week.
Whether it's those caramel highlights you've always wanted or that orange-red lipstick you've been nervous to wear, get out of your beauty rut and just do it. Life is too short to be blonde, gray, or even blue.