New year, new you, right? We’ve all heard it, I’ve definitely said it. This year there are a lot of the same resolutions you can make hoping to better yourself or your situation. Get in shape, save money, donate more, but I have a resolution I’m challenging all of you to. Take better care of your skin. Your future self will thank you, because in 2065 you’ll look like a mature perfectly aged version of yourself not because of how many sit-ups you do, or the commas in your bank account or your last donation to a new startup, but because of the habits you start and stick to now. That’s a bit dramatic but it’s true. We don’t get to pick out another set of skin when ours wears down so taking care of it is all we can do to prevent health issues and skin we’re unhappy with. I’ve made a list of the habits I think are most important for preserving your luminous skin along with why and a few products I recommend. Check it out
- Remove your makeup before bed – Use a wipe, use a balm, use a gel, just figure out a way to take your makeup off at the end of the day. Leaving your makeup on all night while your sleep is asking for trouble. Acne, clogged pores, redness all problems I never want to wake up to. If you’re not good at doing this already, don’t be ashamed lots of girls and guys aren’t. Get yourself into a routine, if you have to take off your makeup as soon as you come home because you know you’ll pass out on the couch binge-watching Shameless, then take it off when you come home. If you don’t want to add an extra step to your nighttime routine use something you can add, like a makeup removing balm while you’re in the shower. For me, it’s gotten to be a non-negotiable. I don’t care if I have company, if it’s 6am, if I’m the most tired cranky version of myself.. nothing in this world ruins my morning like waking up to a pimple on the side of my chin because I didn’t take off my makeup the night before. Here are a couple of ones I have on hand: Lancome Bi-Facil Makeup Remover / Neutrogena Makeup Wipes / Clinique Take the Day Off Balm
- Exfoliate – Exfoliating your face removes the the dead skin cells from your face. Obviously you don’t want dead dirty skin on your face. Is that not obvious? It keeps your face on, literally I guess. Getting rid of the dead skin allows your brand new baby skin a chance to show off. My exfoliating favorites: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion / Exuviance Microdermabrasion
- Hydrate your skin – Basically a bougie ass way of saying moisturize, but doesn’t it sound nice? For years I was one of those people who firmly believed I didn’t have to moisturize because my skin is oily. That’s a false statement people, after delving into articles on skincare and why my face was getting oilier as I got older I learned that the excess your skin produces is a repercussion of the skin being without moisture. So I found an affordable oil-free moisturizer for my face and within 2 weeks I noticed the change. That then catapulted me in to an entire world of lotions. But all that being said, this is something I started doing religiously about a year and a half ago, and it’s probably the best decision I made the entire year. Moisturize your skin, your face, your lips and your mouth ! Seriously, you’ll thank yourself for spending a few bucks every few months to keep your skin looking luminous and supple. Because there’s literally hundreds of moisturizers for your face, body and lips, there’s not links because this is specific to your own needs. Happy Hunting!
- Invest in an eye cream – The skin surrounding your eyes is more delicate than that on your face. If you don’t believe me rub one of your eyes for 10 seconds. Then look at the the skin under both eyes and compare it. A targeted eye cream can fade dark circles but targetting the blood vessels, and you’re just not going to find that specificity in a facial lotion. The only eye cream I’ve ever actually loved: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream
- Wear SPF – Over the last 10years or so, this has definitely been made more aware, but a lot of people still go without an SPF. When the sun is out, even barely, wear it. Your skin will thank you for it. Here’s a cheap option everyone can grab: Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF
- Tone – Toning your skin is almost like restarting it. Once you remove your makeup and cleanse your skin, using a toner gets rid of any excess makeup, dirt, or toxins still in your pores and restores the pH balance. So it literally brings your face back to neutral. I’ve never been consistent with using toner, but it’s something I plan to stick to this year. I always notice skin being softer, makeup applying better and a more luminous natural face when I tone, and you will to. Try it for a month and you’ll hate yourself for never doing it. Here are my 2 options for toners: Pixi Glow Tonic / Fresh Rosewater Tonic