Wondering how to maintain your beauty resolutions once the novelty of the New Year has passed? Whether you’re ready to completely transform your skin and hair care routine or want to make a few lasting changes to your current regimen, read on for 10 essential ways to fulfill your resolutions through every season of the year.
Looking forward to embracing a year of optimal health and beauty? If you need some inspiration for setting clear, realistic intentions and attainable goals, look no further than this comprehensive review.
A simple and strategic plan can make all the difference in ensuring long-term success, which is why Skincare-News.com offers 10 ways to map out your year and prioritize beauty resolutions. From learning how to keep skin youthful and healthy on a budget to clearing up skin conditions and boosting dull hair, this guide offers 10 resolutions you can happily fulfill in the coming year.
#1: Commit to a healthy lifestyle
Ready to set a resolution that has staying power? Overall health begins with altering your daily habits and looking at the big picture. So, rather than focus on losing weight or overhauling your appearance, why not make this year the turning point for some lasting lifestyle changes that affect how you look and feel for years to come?
With everyday factors like a nutritious diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and simple ways to reduce stress, you can succeed in not only boosting your mood and outlook, but also improving your skin and overall health. Feeling daunted by the idea of setting a course for better health? Start small by adding more antioxidants and vitamin C to your diet or scheduling a relaxing massage. This year, give yourself the ultimate gift of youthful, radiant skin and glowing health with a few sustainable changes.
#2: Determine the specific needs related to your personal skin type
Before you can make dramatic changes to your complexion, you first need to understand your skin type. And, since most people’s skin changes with the seasons, you’ll also benefit from planning ahead for variations in your complexion as the weather shifts throughout the year.
Start with the basics by determining whether your skin is dry, oily, combination, sensitive or acne-prone. You can then choose your skincare products with your particular skin type in mind – especially if you pay attention to how your skin reacts to certain ingredients. While ingredients like retinol and benzoyl peroxide can provide the ideal potency for some, other skin types may need gentler formulas made with antioxidants such as vitamin E and green tea. If you struggle with conditions like rosacea or acne, you can treat your skin more effectively by choosing products designed for your skin type. The result of a routine tailored to your needs? Beautifully healthy skin in all weather and seasons.
#3: Update old products
If you’re experiencing persistent skin issues or irritation, the cause may be hiding out in your outdated product bottles. Expired formulas can harbor bacteria, and improper storage and maintenance of your brushes and skincare tools can contribute to infection and skin concerns.
As you set intentions for the year ahead, consider paying more attention to the expiration guidelines for your products, and learn how to extend their shelf lives with general tips for cleaning, storing and applying. Once you understand how long you should use your makeup products and other skincare formulas, take note of their expiration dates or when you bought them. Use the fresh start of a New Year to evaluate your current routine, toss expired or ineffective products and upgrade your organization habits. By following a few simple tips, you’ll save your skin – and your wallet – in the long run.
#4: Create a budget-friendly routine
Is saving money on your list of goals this year? There are plenty of ways to stick to your budget while looking and feeling your best. Learn how to splurge wisely on high quality skincare and beauty products that go the extra distance. Looking for DIY ways to treat yourself? Choose an easy – and fun – recipe for a rejuvenating facial mask, pedicure or hair treatment. In the wake of the holidays, take some time out for yourself to clarify your priorities and work them into your budget, so you can enjoy a guilt-free beauty routine that keeps you gorgeous all year long.
#5: Clear up acne and skin conditions
Start the New Year with confidence by clearing up acne and other skin conditions that have gotten in the way of your natural beauty. Once you know your skin type, you can better treat acne on your face and body without having to waste money on trial and error. Learn how to identify and treat different kinds of acne, such as blackheads and hormonal breakouts, and get tips on treating and preventing scars. Suffering from menopausal acne or need advice on choosing concealer? Looking for treatments specifically for teens or men? By educating yourself on the proper ways to deal with acne at any age and with any lifestyle, you’ll boost both your skin and your self-esteem in the year ahead.
#6: Prevent sun damage and regain your glow
The truth is, sun protection is essential in every season and at every age – so don’t put off this vital aspect of your beauty routine. Lay the foundation now for prevention and learn how to treat existing sun damage, so you can preserve a youthful, healthy appearance in the decades to come.
If sunscreen isn’t already a daily habit, educate yourself on effective SPF products and how to integrate them into your regular routine. Keep both your face and body protected, particularly in the summertime, by using SPF formulas everywhere skin is exposed, including the scalp and lips. Looking for ways to shine in any season? With some key tips, you can maintain soft, smooth, glowing skin all year long – minus the sun damage. Get the lowdown on how exfoliation, proper sun protection and sunless tanning formulas can keep you enviably youthful and radiant.
#7: Set up an anti-aging routine
If you’ve been putting off creating – or following through with – an effective anti-aging skincare routine, now is the time to start! Use the momentum of a New Year to evaluate your skin’s needs and establish a regimen that works for you. Whether you’re just starting to notice crow’s feet in your 20s or looking for more intensive treatment in your 40s or 50s, it’s never too late to improve your complexion.
First, understand your skin type and the different kinds of aging (intrinsic and extrinsic) in order to better prevent premature aging. Then, learn how to address specific signs of aging, such as age spots, crow’s feet and wrinkles. Of course, don’t neglect your body! Exfoliating your skin from head to toe, wearing sunscreen and keeping skin hydrated are just a few habits that can work wonders in maintaining a youthful appearance at any age.
- Learn more: Read FAQs Handbook Chapter 2: Anti-Aging - The 32 Questions & Answers for a comprehensive guide to preventing and treating the signs of aging, including tips for choosing an eye cream, how to find the right ingredients for sensitive skin and what you need to know about retinol and other anti-aging treatment options. For even more information on creating the right anti-aging routine for your lifestyle and budget, read the Anti-Aging Handbook.
#8: Make time for pampering
Everyone deserves a little TLC – and the good news is, pampering benefits both your mood and your appearance! Give yourself a lasting gift this year by scheduling restorative treatments into your monthly (or even weekly) calendar. Concerned about straining your budget? Skip the spa and learn some easy and cost-effective ways to pamper at home with DIY treatments, such as homemade massage oil or daily body brushing. Looking for ways to infuse pampering into your everyday routine? Make shaving or waxing a more enjoyable experience by learning how to prevent irritation and maximize softness. Don’t skip hard-to-treat areas like the thighs – read up on how to minimize the appearance of cellulite, so you’ll feel gorgeous and confident from head to toe.
#9: Repair and revive hair
In order to maintain healthy hair, you need to find the right products and treatments. What if a scalp condition like dandruff or scalp folliculitis is all that’s preventing you from a gorgeous head of hair? The first step is to educate yourself on your hair type and any symptoms that might be plaguing your scalp. Since many people experience dry scalp, frizz and other hair issues more commonly during the cold and hot weather months, it’s important to prep your routine for the year to come. Learn how to keep it simple with a low-maintenance hair routine tailored to your hair type, or start with intensive treatments to repair existing damage from heat styling or sun exposure. By this time next year, you can revel in beautifully healthy hair free of flakes, damage, hair loss, dullness and other irritating issues.
#10: Boost your style with makeup and fashion
No beauty routine is complete without an expression of your personal style. Whether you’re a fashionista or more low-key in your makeup and fashion choices, you can enhance your confidence and natural beauty with some well-chosen style accents.
Start with the basics by familiarizing yourself with age-appropriate styles, flattering makeup and shades for your skin tone, seasonal trends and anti-aging tips that can improve your look from head to toe. Don’t stop there; get advice for the men and teenagers in your life to perk up their style and integrate some unique touches into their beauty and grooming routines. You can also learn how to coordinate hair, makeup and fashion trends according to your lifestyle and the season, so you’ll stay gorgeous and hip throughout the year – and have fun while you’re at it!
- Learn more: Read the Fashion & Beauty Handbook for invaluable tips on putting together a look that complements your natural beauty and expresses your unique, creative side.
A New Year is all about reinvigorating your inspiration and motivation, and there’s no better time to upgrade your beauty and health routine. Take advantage of the opportunity for a fresh start to examine what’s working in your regimen and what isn’t, so you can face the year ahead with grace, beauty and confidence.