Sticking up with New Year’s resolutions is always difficult. Whether it’s getting to the gym or watching less television. But, when it comes to your skin, even small changes in your lifestyle can result in visible improvements. So as soon as you pop open the champagne, commit to a skin-boosting resolution. Here are five surprisingly simple skin-boosting ideas that you can stick with in the New Year:
1. Make SPF moisturizer a must-do in your daily routine
It’s no secret that applying sunscreen on a daily basis is the most effective daily habit to protect the skin health. It also preserve the appearance of your complexion. Although it’s best to start wearing SPF as young as possible, you’re never too old to make skin-boosting resolution.
Why is wearing a daily SPF lotion hard to commit to?
When it comes to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, one common complain is that, it can ruin the look of makeup. It may leave behind a noticeable white residue or cause a greasy complexion. Thankfully, new and improved sheer formulas are designed to provide effective all-day sun protection. It can be invisibly layered beneath makeup. When browsing the options, always look for sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB radiation. Look for products that use the most powerful ingredients, including zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. For instant, keep a mineral powder with SPF in your purse and dust on as needed throughout the day.
2. Work up a sweat – for your skin!
Here’s a multitasking New Year’s resolution: Hit the gym for your waistline and your complexion! Although it’s well recognized that regular exercise provides a bevy of health benefits, it’s less known that working up a sweat can actually improve the condition of your skin.
First, exercise boosts blood flow, which is how essential resources are delivered to the skin, including oxygen and nutrients. In the same way, exercise also helps the skin flush away waste. In addition, WebMD reports that exercise reduces stress which may improve conditions like acne and eczema. According to the New York Times, exercise is linked with stronger, younger-looking skin after the age of 40.
Regularly working up a sweat provides significant skin-boosting benefits. However, it can also cause unwanted issues to arise. Unless you cleanse soon after exercising, the leftover sweat can contribute to clogged pores – leading to acne and other problems. So make showering a must after every trip to the gym.
3. Balance your beauty budget: Spent smart to get more for less
When it comes to building an effective skincare routine, your beauty budget can quickly be blown on just one pricey product or two. But dermatologists point out that not all skincare formulas are worth splurging on.
Where to save?
There are high quality brands that offer both effective and affordable sunscreens, cleansers and moisturizers. According to experts, it’s smart to splurge on anti-aging treatments. They usually contains higher concentrations of active ingredients. Which will give you better quality, and more effective results. Serums, although often the most expensive type of anti-aging treatment. They offer the best potential in preventing and reversing the signs of aging – making them worth the spending.
In addition, you can stretch your beauty buck by buying multiple formulas bundled together in kits or sets. Some sets are available in trial sizes – allowing you to test them out before you commit to buying the more expensive full sized package.
4. Beauty rest for a better complexion
There have never been more barriers to beauty rest. Laptops, cell phones, and round-the-clock work schedules leave us burning the midnight oil. But, skimping on sleep has major consequences, ranging from less mental focus and moodiness to a lackluster complexion and less resilient skin.
It’s no secret that a lack of rest contributes to dark circles and puffy eyes. The consequences are compromised circulatory function and sluggish blood flow. A lesser-known fact is that sleep is essential for the overall health of your skin. According to WebMD, deep sleep is when the body is most active in eliminating toxins, restoring cell functions, and restoring tissues. Essentially, sleep is the time when the skin can repair itself. Less sleep leads to less resilient skin, contributing to accelerated signs of aging. That includes wrinkles and saggy skin. In addition, research shows that well-rested individuals feel more attractive and seen as more attractive to other people. So in the New Year, aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. And reap the benefits of looking and feeling better from the inside out.
But, before hitting the sheets, don’t forget that effective skin-boosting beauty sleep depends on a few habits. Always wash your face before bed. Thoroughly remove all of your cosmetics, dirt, excess oil and other grime.
5. Start with a clean skincare slate
The New Year is the perfect time to clean up your arsenal of skincare and beauty products. In addition to losing effectiveness, many formulas, including cosmetics, can actually cause skin irritation after its expiration date. The shelf life will vary depending on the product; however, any beauty or skincare formula that you’ve had for longer than two years should be tossed.
Along with updating your beauty arsenal, the New Year offers a great opportunity to sanitize your tools. That includes makeup brushes, tweezers and nail clippers. these can harbor dangerous germs, dirt, and bacteria. To clean your brushes, the Huffington Post recommends running the bristles along a bar of soap to work up a lather. Then, thoroughly rinse and dry them with a paper towel. To sanitize your stainless steel tools, including tweezers and nail clippers, simply rub them down with rubbing alcohol.
Making a simple skin care resolution or two can help you look as pretty as possible. Better beauty rest, daily SPF and tossing old products are just a few of the ways that you can improve the health and appearance of your complexion.