Bad beauty habits can be sometimes hard to break but with the dawning of a New Year ahead of us, it’s time to start to shake up your beauty routine. Here are five beauty New Year Resolutions to keep you looking your best in the year ahead.
Remove makeup before bed
Wearing makeup to bed can leave your face open to dirt and bacteria and cause breakouts and other skin problems. Sometimes you come home very late and it’s easier to sleep in your makeup but get into the habit of removing your makeup after you brush your teeth and make it a regular part of your routine like removing your contact lenses before you go to bed.
Get into a regular cleansing routine
Get into a regular routine cleansing routine of cleaning your face, moisturising and wearing a sunscreen before you put your foundation and makeup on. At night, everything should be reversed and makeup should be taken off before a cleanser, eye cream and moisturiser is applied.
Fake it until you make it
In a country like Australia where sunbaking is a national pastime, it is sometimes hard to break out of the habit of sun tanning. However, as well as increasing your chances of cancer, exposure to the harsh Australian sun can be very ageing. There are also numerous risks associated with sun beds and solariums. The only ways to get a safe tan is to get a professional spray tan or purchase a do it yourself tanning product.
Get eight hours of sleep
Getting eight hours sleep is the best solution to waking up bright and cheery eyed in the morning. Makeup may temporarily cover up bags under your eyes but constant sleep deprivation will take its toll. A good night’s rest also revitalises you and gives you more energy throughout the day so you can exercise and look your best.
Throw out old cosmetics
Most of us are guilty of keeping that lipstick from the year 12 formal or the blue eye shadow we wore in the 80s when Cyndi Lauper was still on the charts. However, make up does have an expiry date and can be a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to throw out anything more than a year old with the exception of eyeliner and eye shadow which will last up to 3 years.
You can’t turn back time or have ever lasting beauty but you can take better care of your skin from today so follow these five beauty resolutions and make a commitment to looking as beautiful as you can be inside and out.