The New Year is a time to look back on the past year, reminisce and maybe resolve to make positive changes. That includes ditching bad beauty habits. London Drugs Beauty Advisors have rounded up the top beauty resolutions from developing a good skincare regimen to tossing expired makeup.
- Invest in a good skincare regimen
It’s time to take better care of your skin. This year, invest in a quality skincare regimen that will keep your skin healthy and looking great. NeoStrata’s Glycolic Renewal and Night Repair creams will exfoliate dead skin cells for more radiant and younger looking skin. If you have dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, try one of Bioderma’s skincare lines which will target your specific skin concern.
The right tools can also improve your skincare routine dramatically. The Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System is 10 times more effective than hand cleansing, thanks to its vibrating and rotating brush.
- Always take off makeup before bed
Sometimes we cheat and leave our makeup on before going to sleep. It happens. Wake up in the morning, though, and your skin is left dry, dull and you may even have a blemish or two. Resolve to always take offyour makeup using a good makeup remover, like Bioderma’s Micelle Solution.
For an even easier solution, keep a pack of Marcelle Makeup remover cloths on your bedside table. That way, even on your laziest nights, you can quickly wipe off that makeup and go to bed with a clean face.
- Organize beauty products
If your vanity is beginning to overflow with lipsticks, powders and polishes, it’s time to get organized once and for all. A cosmetics organizer with storage compartments for all your makeup will keep things from
getting cluttered, and it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for too.
- Stop biting your nails
It’s time to kick the nasty habit of biting your nails this year. A fresh manicure using the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit can help curb your nail biting and give your nails the chance to grow. The at-home gel manicure system with portable LED light creates salon-quality manicures that will stay chip-free for weeks.
If you need an added incentive not to bite your nails, try using the Red Carpet Manicure Celebrity Manicurist Ultimate Gel Polish Pro Kit to create gel manicure designs with their included appliqués, jewels, and French tips. You’ll be far less likely to chew them off if you really like the design.
- Wear SPF every day
SPF should be an essential part of your skincare routine all year round, not just during the summer. Incorporate SPF into your moisturizer with Marcelle Essentials Multi-Defense Cream SPF 15, or get your daily dose of SPF with Marcelle’s BB Cream Anti-Aging SPF 20. Even foundations come with SPF these days: try Lise Watier’s Teint Lift Anti-Rides SPF 20 for a smooth, velvety coverage that also protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
- Clean your makeup brushes
Dirt and bacteria accumulate in your makeup brushes and can cause breakouts if you don’t clean your brushes often enough. Every 2 weeks is a good rule of thumb for cleaning them. Place a drop of Real Techniques’ Brush Cleansing Gel onto their Brush Cleansing Palette, dip your brush into warm water, and then sweep away makeup, oil and impurities from the bristles using the Cleansing Palette. Once your brushes are clean, rest the brushes across the surface of the Cleansing Palette to dry.
- Throw out expired makeup
That mascara that’s been sitting on your vanity for the last year isn’t doing your lashes any favours. Bacteria can build up in old makeup and cause breakouts. The New Year is a great time to overhaul your makeup collection and throw out any that are out of date. Mascara expires after about 3 months, foundation between 6 and 12 months, eyeliner after 3 months, and lip products after a year.