It’s officially 2018, which means that many of us have been making all sorts of promises about changes that we intend to make to live our best lives this year, such as getting more sleep, cutting out junk food and attending the gym regularly. While you would be forgiven for having the occasional pizza, here are some easy beauty resolutions that you can, and should, stick to this year and beyond.
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1. Do your research
For the most part, beauty products don’t come cheap. That’s why it’s important to do your homework before forking out your hard-earned cash for something that, in the end, doesn’t work. There are plenty of online review forums where you can read about people’s experiences with products you may be interested in using. Read them first before making any (potentially costly) decisions.
2. Change your sheets
You might not want to know this, but there are millions and millions of invisible nasties living in your bed linen. This means it’s important to change your sheets regularly. Why? Not only can clean sheets improve your sleep quality, they can also help your skin to stay clear. Changing your pillowcase on a weekly basis can prevent breakouts and other skin irritations.
3. Remove your makeup
This one should go without saying, but removing your makeup before hitting the sack is extremely important. Sleeping with it on not only clogs pores, which can cause acne flare-ups, but can also lead to premature ageing of the skin. Following the correct cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser ritual twice a day is necessary to keep your skin in good condition, both now and in the long term.
4. Drink more water
This is a resolution that many people promise to stick to each year. Drinking plenty of water is not only good for the inside of our bodies, it can also have a positive effect on how we look on the outside. As we age, our skin starts to become dryer and less hydrated, which is why it’s so important to drink your eight glasses a day. This will keep skin looking plump and radiant.
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5. Clean your tools
If your skin is playing up and you don’t know why, it could be that your makeup-application brushes are in dire need of a wash. They are a breeding ground for bacteria, which is then transferred to the skin. This, in turn, can lead to dermatological issues. Clean your brushes twice a week with a brush cleanser or even baby shampoo and allow them to air-dry thoroughly. Your skin will thank you for it.
6. Toss old products
We are all guilty of holding on to beloved beauty products that are WAY past their expiry date. But this is something that has to stop for the welfare of your skin. Old makeup can lead to severe skin irritations and even infections. (Pink eye, anyone?) Check the expiry date on the back of the container, do the maths, then say your necessary goodbyes. Out with the old, in with the new!