Each New Year we come up with a list of resolutions which we aim to follow in the forthcoming year, many of which we donâ€™t stick to! In this blog, we are going to look at ten simple resolutions which can help keep your skin in the best condition, as well as keeping you healthy and energised in 2019.
1. Take your make up off every night
Make up clogs up your pores, removing it every night is key as it allows your skin to breathe overnight. If your make up is left to soak into your pores overnight, it will impact your skin and not in a good way; it can lead to breakouts, dull-looking complexion and encourage the anti-ageing effects. Micellar water and cleansing oil are the perfect products to remove all traces of make-up, both are gentle and nourishing to the skin.
2. Drink more water
Itâ€™s something we hear every day but tend to ignore or forget. Keeping hydrated is key for your health, and itâ€™s essential to keep our skin looking rejuvenated too. If our bodies are dehydrated, the skin becomes vulnerable to premature wrinkles and breakouts. There are endless reasons as to why you should consume more water, such as it helps maintain blood pressure, helps your kidneys and helps with weight loss.
3. Refrain from touching your face
Our hands are in contact with many objects which are likely covered in germs, by touching your face you are spreading these germs and bacteria onto your face, which can not only lead to breakouts but can also lead to other conditions. This resolution is a hard one to crack as we touch our faces unconsciously throughout the day if you find you canâ€™t commit to this resolution, ensuring your hands are clean at all times will enable you to stop the spreading of germs.
4. Get a good nightâ€™s sleep
Getting a good nightâ€™s sleep is not only essential for our health, helps aid weight loss, puts us in a better mood and keeps our minds in a clear state, but sleep is also important for our skin. Sufficient sleep reduces the puffy dark under eye bags, helps to minimise skin conditions and overnight is when our skin rejuvenates. Eight hours sleep a night is not always possible and an organic night cream is the best way to boost blood circulation in your skin which helps to reduce fine lines and stimulate skin cells to renew themselves, leaving your skin looking refreshed even if youâ€™ve not managed many hours kip!
5. Ditch the out of date products
How often do you check the use by dates on your beauty and skin care products? All beauty and skin care products expire, keeping and using products that are past their use by date wonâ€™t do your skin any favours. Unsure how to check which products are out of date? Usually, products will have a period after opening symbol on them which consists of a number followed by M (month). If you canâ€™t find this, then the rule of thumb is:
- Cleansers â€“ one year
- Toners â€“ one year
- Moisturisers and serums â€“ 6 months to one year
6. Wear sunscreen every day
UVB rays are weaker in the winter months, and youâ€™re less likely to get sunburnt, but UVA rays are apparent all year round, UVA rays are what cause premature ageing and wrinkles as they are the rays which penetrate the skinâ€™s thickest layer. Most foundations contain SPF which help protect from UVB rays but donâ€™t help block UVA rays, so sunscreen should be applied daily all year round under foundation to protect yourself skin deep.
7. Invest in skin care products that use natural ingredients
Many skin care products contain chemicals, artificial ingredients and thickening agents, which can sometimes damage our skin rather than help it. Using natural products is not only eco-friendly, but they help to avoid irritation and are gentler on our skin. All of the products here at Myreen Young use natural and organic ingredients, making our range vegan-friendly!
8. Wash your make up brushes weekly
A simple task that many of us forget to do on a regular basis, cleaning your make up brushes weekly not only prolongs their life but also gets rid of bacteria build-up. By not cleaning them regularly bacteria can build up and can cause serious damage to our skin, the simple task doesnâ€™t take too much time out of your day and rest assured you arenâ€™t spreading any bacteria onto your face. You can either use specific brush cleanser or organic bath wash, which is ultra-mild and uses natural ingredients which also help to prolong the life of your brushes.
9. Get more greens into your diet
Eating greens are key for health, but it also impacts your skin, if your diet is packed full of processed and unhealthy foods, your skin is likely to suffer. We constantly hear that we should eat more greens as theyâ€™re full of vitamins and minerals. These are four of the best greens to add into your diet in the New Year:
- Broccoli contains lutein, which helps to protect oxidative damage which helps to combat your skin becoming dry.
- Spinach is rich in iron and is known to restore energy and increase viability.
- Avocados are full of healthy fat; healthy fats are essential to keep skin moisturised and flexible.
- Kale is infused with antioxidants and iron which help to reduce inflammation and treat sun damage.
10. Take more â€˜me timeâ€™
We all need some time out to relax, unwind and destress. Taking some time for self-care helps to give our minds, bodies and skin a refresh, while also helping to increase productivity and improving concentration. Finding time is hard, especially as our lives tend to be increasingly busy but to find just a few minutes a day can work wonders and gives us time to reflect and consolidate. Simple ways to take time for yourself can include, getting up a few minutes earlier in the day so you arenâ€™t rushed and can enjoy a cup of tea before leaving the house, unwind in the bath at the end of the day and immerse yourself in a book or go for a short walk in your lunch break. Donâ€™t feel guilty for taking some time to yourself!
These are just a few ways you can help to improve your skin in the New Year; a daily skin care routine is also essential at keeping your skin in top shape. Which ones will you try to follow in the New Year? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.