After years of promising to hit the gym daily and cut back on cheese come January 1st, we’ve accepted that most resolutions are more of a work in progress than an instant transformation. It’s easy to fall back into bad habits, and that’s ok, we all do it! But January means a fresh start to recommit to your goals and make small changes that could make all the difference when it comes to healthy, glowing skin.
This year we’re buckling down on achieving real results by making skin-care resolutions that are worth sticking to. Ahead, the promises we’re keeping to make 2020 the most glowing year yet…
1. Exfoliate Regularly
Scrub away all that dirt from 2019, literally. Without exfoliation, dead skin cells can build up on the surface skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and bland. Using a face scrub eliminates the dead skin cells on top of your skin to reveal fresh looking skin. Dead skin cell build-up can also lead to clogged pores that trap oils under your skin’s surface, which leads to acne breakouts. Not only does exfoliating prevent acne, but it helps you get the most out of your skincare products by opening your pores.
For an easy homemade sugar scrub, try mixing 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup coconut oil! Great for your body, face, and lips.
2. Remove Your Makeup As Soon As You Get Home
Whether you’re wearing makeup or not, your skin is a magnet for pollution, debris and grime during the day (gross, we know). All-day long you’re collecting it and your skin is fighting to preserve itself - so, the faster you get home and wash it, the faster your skin can relax and repair itself. Plus, this practice will help you get into the routine of winding down and starting your self-care routine once your workday is done. Besides, who has the energy to remove their makeup after dinner and dishes? Try our facial lotion for a gentle makeup remover that doesn’t dry out your skin!
Another important note: Never, and we mean never, sleep with make-up on. Sleeping with makeup on blocks the skin's pores, which means blackheads and acne. If you find it tricky to get in the habit of removing your make-up when you’re home, at least remove it before bed - and try to make this #1 on your 2020 resolution list.
3. Make Moisturizing a Priority
Don’t fall within the under-informed group of people who fail to recognize the importance of regular moisturization. Keeping your skin hydrated and moist is so important for its health. When the moisture is evaporated from the skin it becomes, dry, dull, cracked and irritated. Not to mention, when the humidity levels drop in the winter months it makes your skin feel dry, tight, and look flakier. We know you know what we’re talking about.
One easy fix: Keep body lotion or body butter right in the shower. Seeing it will remind you to apply it when your skin is damp, within ten minutes of turning off the water. If you wait, your skin starts losing water vapour. Try our body butter and facial lotion for fresh, moisturized, and glowing skin.
4. Clear Out Old Cosmetics
It’s recommended that you clear out all of your old cosmetics at the beginning of the year. Why? Most people aren’t aware that most makeup has a shelf life and will continue to wear makeup that’s way past its expiration date. If you wouldn’t eat food that’s gone bad, why would you apply deteriorated products to your face? Air-tight, unused products should be fine, but toss out any cosmetic that you’ve had for over a year.
Remember to do your best to protect our beautiful planet and recycle your makeup. To do so, you can:
- Clean your old makeup thoroughly, by washing it and then recycle the plastic or glass containers. You can also reuse any glass packaging for diy storage.
- Check if the brand has a recycling program.
5. Stick to Clean, Green Beauty
What goes on also goes in! Your body absorbs everything you put on your skin, and you wouldn’t choose to eat chemicals… at least we hope you wouldn’t. Using skincare goodies that are natural, cruelty-free, non-GMO/SLS free is a habit worth maintaining. Always choose green, safe skincare and say no to harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Your skin will thank you.