The New Year is the ideal time to take on new resolutions. And by that, obviously, we mean beauty ones! Ring in the year with much better beauty and skincare habits that will be beneficial to you and your skin!
Here are some easy and simple beauty changes to implement this year. They’re not too time-consuming and they’re all about making it a better year for you!
There are loads of changes that have happened over the last few years in the beauty industry. Many of them are good and a few are bad. One of the biggest changes is the realisation that less is more.
This can be applied to all aspects of one’s life, including beauty and makeup. Everyone has slowly realised that not only can less be pretty, but it is also usually healthier too.
This year, let’s show off our beautiful natural selves, let’s embrace our flaws and go natural with a more no-makeup-makeup look! Swap your full-coverage foundation for a tinted moisturizer.
Know Your Ingredients
What you put on your skin affects your skin. The wrong ingredients can have a terrible effect on your skin and health. Do your own research and get to know what the products you’re using contain.
Choose products that you know to have ingredients that will beneficial to your skin. There are skin-replenishing ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acids and omega fatty acids.
These ingredients restore the skin barrier by giving and locking in natural oils and hydration, which in turn gives softer, smoother and plumper skin.
Skin-Restoring Ingredients like retinol, peptides and niacinamide also help restore your skin.
Look out for Vitamin A, B, C & E, Green Tea and Coenzyme Q10. These are antioxidants that defend the skin against environmental stressors like pollution and free radicals in the air.
Use Clean Products
Speaking of skincare, it is also the year to familiarise yourself and support brands that are guaranteed clean and all-natural.
‘Clean’ brands do not use harmful or toxic ingredients in their products. Either they are naturally sourced or produced in a lab. Ultimately, their goal is to create products for consumers that are safe for our bodies.
It’s okay to start slowly with your clean product’s journey. Start with a moisturiser and sunscreen as these products spend a lot more time on your skin all day. Then you can gradually replace the rest of your skincare products with cleaner alternatives.
Be Gentle On Your Skin
You can never be too gentle on your face. Many skin problems come from the fact that we don’t treat our skin with enough care.
One of my favourite tips is to use either your pinky or index finger when patting or rubbing in products. These fingers are a lot lighter to the touch and will prevent you from over-tugging your face.
The area where you need to be extra sensitive is the skin around your eyes. The skin there is much thinner compared to the rest of the body.
When you remove your eye makeup, gently use a cotton pad to hold over the eye for about 10 seconds. Use gentle circular or upward motions to remove the makeup. Remember, don’t tug!
Use Sun Cream Daily
Yes, that means you need to use sun cream even in the winter. Even if you think there is no sun, your skin can still get damaged from the rays that come through. If there’s light, there’s the sun!
Sunscreen is one of the most effective and powerful skincare steps. It protects collagen, and elastin and also fights ageing from the sun. Sun cream shields your skin from the sun and blocks further damage to your skin.
Without sun cream, hyperpigmentation such as acne marks and scars will appear darker if exposed to the sun. So sun cream really is a must! Check out these best sunscreens for sensitive skin.
Natural Makeup…With A Twist
Going natural doesn’t mean you need to ditch your makeup. You can still experiment and add a little pop of colour to make it more exciting.
The difference in 2023 is that we know not to make our whole face full of colour. The trick is to add colour to 1 or 2 areas of your face and keep the rest natural! 2023 is all about knowing the balance to get the perfect look!
Remove Your Makeup Before Bed
This is a hard one for many of us, myself included! However, I cannot stress enough the importance of removing your makeup before you go to sleep.
Make it a habit, even during those long tiring days. You don’t want the harsh effects of makeup debris in the long run, not only will it cause breakouts, but it also ages your skin faster!
There are wonderful cleansing oils and micellar waters out on the market to effectively remove a day’s worth of makeup. Your skin will thank you later!
Check out my review on the DHC cleanser, it’s gentle and you can use it in the shower.
Give your Lips Some ATT
It’s easy to overlook the lips! Lips are an important and one of the most delicate parts of the body. It’s simple to adapt a lip care routine that won’t take too much time.
Apply lip scrub 1-2 times a week, try overnight lip masks and use lip balms throughout the day. Keep a lip balm in your handbag, that way you always have one on you when you’re out and about!
The world has come a long way in terms of health, my grandmother remembers being told by a doctor to smoke a cigarette to help her feel better! Ha, how times have changed!
We’ve never been more knowledgeable about our health than now, and it’s time to turn that knowledge into action! We already mentioned how the products we put on our faces affect the health of our skin, all the more so for the food, we eat.
Doctor Zeichner, a dermatologist, said that “Eating leafy green vegetables helps to balance out the skin and keep it healthy. Also, zinc which can be found in foods like oysters, fortified cereals, chickpeas, and cashews, has been known to help reduce inflammation and may be beneficial for people who suffer from acne.”
Cut down on sugar, alcohol and junk! Stock up on fruits and vegetables. Build and plan a healthy meal plan for yourself every day. I know that takes work and time, however, it’s well worth it in the end!
Create a Cosy Space
Make sure your home is a place where your mind is at ease, and that you have a space where you can fully relax and recharge.
Get yourself an indoor plant. Research shows that having plants can lower your stress levels. It will improve your concentration as well as your air quality!
Plants also bring life to your home. A humidifier can also help with air quality, in particular for people who have dry skin, as it helps add moisture to the air.
A cosy space will really help your mental health, everyone needs somewhere where they can switch off. Without it, you’re bound to go crazy. Make this year a year where you put your mental health first.
Are you ready to act on these New Year’s beauty resolutions? With the world changing so quickly, it’s these new year’s resolutions that will help to keep you grounded and healthy.
No pressure on achieving everything in one go, it’s a process that will take time and that’s ok! Happy New Year and here’s to a fabulous 2023!
Hi, I’m Hollie, and I own BeautywithHollie.com. I love everything to do with beauty and love sharing my knowledge, advice, and beauty finds! Makeup and beauty are here to enjoy, and Beauty With Hollie is here to take the stress out of it!
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