For most people, January 1 is a time of renewal and the start of a "clean slate".
An excuse to get rid of bad habits and a time to start good ones.
Here are some of the top 10 Beauty Habits I hope you will follow.
Yes, they're obvious.... but if you actually put in the effort, I know you will see results.
1. Don't Fall Asleep With Makeup On: I know there are going to be nights when you're about to pass out or are feeling really lazy. Keep some Baby Wipes or Makeup Remover Wipes around for nights like these. Your skin needs time to regenerate and breathe~ it can't do it when it's covered in makeup. Take it off, baby!
3. Have a Regular Cleansing Routine: Cleanse, Moisturize, and SPF. There are lots of things you can do, but these are the 3 very least that EVERYONE should be doing.
Cleanse: Even if you don't wear makeup regularly, you should still wash your face with a cleanser at least once at night. If you have dry skin, you can skip the cleanser and just rinse with water in the morning (which is what I do). But by the end of the night, you'll have dirt, grime, and oil accumulated on your skin and it's important to wash it off.
-If you exfoliate 1-2x a week, you get an extra star (and your skin will look/be in much better condition)
Moisturize: EVERYONE should be moisturizing. Especially in the harsh winter climate, it's important to have a barrier on your skin to help keep your skin moisturized and protected from the elements.
-For Dry Skin, I recommend a rich thick creme or face oil
-For Normal Skin, You can pretty much use anything that you like and works for you
-For Oily Skin, I recommend a light lotion or gel formula
Exfoliate: If you're not getting rid of dead skin cells, it just keeps accumulating and your skin will look dull and products will not work as well as they should. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week.
*Think of how if you get oil on your hands and you wash it off with soap, it doesn't always come off. Sometimes you need to scrub it off. Someimes just soap/cleanser won't cut it.
Masks: There are tons of face masks out there. I prefer peel off and like using mud on oiler areas (such as the T-Zone). You should notice an immediate difference in your skin. If used regularly (about 1-2 times a week), it will help keep your skin in good condition.
Serums/Creams: This can be added to your daily cleansing routine. What concerns do you have with your skin? Find a product that targets the problems and stick with it. Having great skin takes some effort, but it'll make a big difference in the long run.
5. Drink lots of Water: Many people don't drink as much water as they should. You will look and feel much better if you are hydrated. Drink up! 8-10 glasses is recommended, but start by drinking more than you already do.
8. Quit Smoking: It's bad for your health. Your breath smells. Your skin gets dull, damaged, and leathery. Your teeth (and sometimes fingers) turn yellow. Smoking is one of the worst beauty and health offenses you can commit. Find a way to quit. And if you fail, keep trying. Your body will thank you
A little color will do wonders. Try a new shade of lipstick or eyeshadow. If you never wear eyeliner, give it a shot. If you always wear a dark lip, try a light pink or nude (and vice versa). Get a new haircut or color.
Smile: You'll instantly look and feel better. Spread the love. No one likes looking at a grump with a wrinkle in their brow. No one likes to hear someone who whines all the time. Try to look on the bright side of things~There's always a silver lining (no matter how hidden it may be).
So try to enjoy the good times, get through the hard times, and be able to appreciate it all... hopefully with a smile on your face.
The hardest part is getting started. Habits (both good and bad) form without you realizing that they have become a part of you.
This year, I hope you can get rid of your bad habits, and pick up some good ones along the way.
So in the wise words of Nike~ "JUST DO IT" !!!!
Best of luck!
*~ Have a Beautiful Day,Year, and Life! ~*