The New Year signals a fresh start for most of us. We make resolutions and set goals to improve certain areas of our life such as health, career, and relationships. If beauty made your list, you are probably thinking about skincare, diet, and exercise right now. And total beauty is not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good too. Here are 10 New Year beauty resolutions guaranteed to keep you feeling gorgeous and healthy for 2017.
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Ask any skincare expert and they will tell you that washing your face before going to bed is essential for a clear and healthy complexion. Sleeping in day old makeup can lead to breakouts. And lets not forget about the environmental toxins your skin comes into contact on a daily basis. Having clean skin also allows those expensive restorative and anti-aging products to penetrate the surface and do their job. Keep Sephora’s Express Cleansing Wipes in the nightstand for those evenings when you are too exhausted to carry out your regular skincare routine.
Our bodies are anywhere from 50-60% water. Staying properly hydrated is essential to good health and daily water intake varies from person to person (the Mayo Clinic suggests 2.2 liters for the average woman and 3 liters for the average man). Water impacts everything from the function of major body organs, energy level, and digestion to the appearance of your skin. Getting enough liquids is easy and convenient with the S’ip by S’well water bottles available at Target.com.
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Even on cold, overcast days your skin is subject to sun damage. Wearing sunscreen all day, everyday is key to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays that can lead premature aging and cancer. Look for a daily moisturizer formulated with an SPF such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 available at Target.com.
Oh, the things we put our hair through just to get it to look perfect. Dying, straitening, and blow-drying can wreak havoc on your tresses causing serious damage and loss of moisture and elasticity. Restore the health of your hair by committing to weekly deep conditioning treatments such as a mask or oil. Try René Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask available at Birchbox.com.
Just because it’s not sandal season doesn’t mean your feet don’t need love and attention. Keeping up with foot care is just as important during winter because skin is constantly being exposed to irritating materials like wool and nylon, as well as the heat and cold. Maintain healthy toenails by trimming and removing nail polish. Exfoliate dry skin areas and always follow a shower or bath with a healthy dose of moisturizer such as Bliss Foot Patrol available at Macys.com.
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Don’t be embarrassed by dry, scaly hands this winter. Always keep a nourishing lotion in your bag – we love Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve formulated with botanical oils and natural wax derived from olive oil. Keep cuticles healthy and hydrated with conditioners such as Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream packed with cocoa-seed butter and sweet-almond oil. And wear gloves when outside to protect skin from harsh cold weather elements.
In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, many of us are willing to give up a few hours sleep if it means more time at work or an extra episode of our favorite TV show. But insufficient sleep has serious effects on health, mood, and ability to focus. When it comes to beauty, not enough shut-eye causes dark circles, red puffy eyes, and dull, irritated skin. Aim for the recommended 7 hours each night by first establishing a bedtime routine.
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Maintaining good oral health is directly correlated to the your overall health. Sure, you brush your teeth at least twice a day. But are you flossing regularly? The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth once a day in order to remove plaque, and help prevent gum disease and cavities. If you have trouble remembering, set aside a time to floss like during your morning shower or leave yourself reminder notes in the bathroom.
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Did you know that makeup has an expiration date? Overtime, makeup collects dirt and bacteria – your compact powder becomes a Petri dish, essentially. Using makeup such as foundation, mascara, and blush past their shelf life can lead to breaks outs and other skin problems. Visit Shape.com for information about when to replace your favorite makeup products.
Excuses to skip daily exercise come especially easy during the winter months. Missing out on regular workouts also means missing out on major health benefits. Regular physical activity helps prevent disease, improves mood and energy, and regulates a healthy sleep schedule. How does this affect beauty? Well, when you feel good, you look good. And who doesn’t love the healthy glow that comes after a killing it in the gym?
Stick to these 10 beauty resolutions in 2017 and you can look forward to your most gorgeous and happiest year yet!