New year, new you and a new beauty routine. Sound complicated? It's not! Now's the time to ditch bad habits and work these easy-to-follow tips, tricks and ideas into your life to become the best version of yourself in 2020!
Here are some simple habits that will make you look like you’re turning back the clock as you move forward in 2020.
Skincare Resolution #1: Drink more water
If you’re not drinking at least 8 full glasses of water a day, you’re not drinking enough! If your skin doesn’t get enough water, not only will it become dry, tight, and flaky, but it will also become even more prone to aging. Dehydrated skin over an extended period of time can double the rate of wrinkles.
Skincare Resolution #2: Cleanse your face at least twice a day
The cornerstone of any good skincare routine starts and ends with cleansing. If you don’t wash your face regularly to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup then your skin will suffer. Cleansing helps keep acne-causing bacteria from building up and pores from stretching. It will also leave your skin fresh, prepped and ready for the next step. Opt for gentle cleansers that help to soothe and balance the skin.
Skincare Resolution #3: Switch up your pillowcase
According to Dermal Institute, It's estimated that between 40-50% of the adult population age 20-40 has acne. You can blame stress, the environment, poor diet and . . . your pillowcase? Yes, as you cozy up in bed for hours each night excess oil, dirt and chemicals can build up on the fabric and irritate or even clog your pores. Try switching to a cotton pillowcase woven with antimicrobial silver that helps destroy acne-causing bacteria.
Skincare Resolution #4: Commit to a healthier diet
We've all heard "You are what you eat", "Beauty from the inside out", "Inner health, outer beauty" and more. But what do all these cliches mean? Self Magazine has reached out to top experts and broke it down to determine which foods are a hit and which are a miss when it comes to complexion perfecters. Including fruits, veggies and nuts rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, Beta - Carotene and other nutrients can offer the benefits of longevity, wellness and beauty.
Skincare Resolution #5: Mask at least once a week
When used as a weekly added treatment, a face mask can help take any skin care routine to the next level with results you see and feel. Look for masks like the Kashmere Purifying Facial Masque and Coconut Rose Masque. Both loaded with beneficial ingredients such as protective antioxidants pore-refining clays and soothing oils.
Skincare Resolution #6: Apply SPF daily
We have all heard about the negative effects of the sun when it comes to premature aging of the skin. Every time the sun strikes your skin, UVA and UVB rays penetrate deep into the dermis. Over time UVA damage can promote wrinkles and brown spots. To protect your skin it's crucial to apply sunscreen every day. Look for a sunscreen with a physical block that keeps the rays from entering your skin.
Skincare Resolution #7: Use a facial scrub a few times a week
You may be cleansing and moisturizing but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy and glowing as it could be. Exfoliation is a necessary and beneficial step in skin treatment. Regular and consistent exfoliation removes that dulling dead layer of skin to help unclog pores, allow other treatments to penetrate better and return a natural radiance.
Skincare Resolution #8: Start an anti-aging skincare regimen
Can you turn back the clock on aging? The fact is you may not be able to stop it but it's never too late to slow it down. After the age of 20, our bodies produce 1% less collagen each year and as the years move forward signs of aging like dry skin, dark circles and loss of elasticity become more visible every year. Anti-aging serums are the power-house of any skin care line and are one of the best investments in your skin.
Skincare Resolution #9: Meditate a few minutes each day
Our skin is a fantastic communicator and shows our inner emotions to the world. When we are stressed it produces hormones that wreak havoc on our skin. Feelings of being overwhelmed disrupt our sleep cycle, digestive process and the delicate balance of our skin causing dryness, dullness, dark circles and breakouts. According to Positive Psychology, meditating as little as 2 minutes each day can help bring balance to your mind and body and better health to your skin.
Skincare Resolution #10: Get 7-9 hours sleep each night
Counting sheep to try and get some sleep? Try diffusing lavender essential oil instead. According to The Sleep Doctor, sleeping with the scent of lavender can increase slow-wave sleep, which is instrumental for slowing heartbeat and relaxing muscles. Lavender oil offers calming and soothing properties that can help reduce stress and calm an over-active mind.