10 Beauty Resolutions for 2014
It is that time of year again, which can only mean one thing: the dreaded New Year resolutions. Yes, you could vow to go the gym at least three times a week – for the fourth year running – or promise that this year you’ll dramatically cut down on your chocolate consumption, instead nibbling your way through 2014 on carrot sticks and celery. But let’s be honest, that all seems a lot like of hard work!
So this year, instead of putting yourself through the ordeal of making – and promptly breaking – your resolutions, opt for something that will make you feel good. Make this your most beautiful year yet by focusing on you!
Repeat after me: In 2014, I promise to ...
Take my makeup off every single night
Probably the golden rule of beauty basics. For starters, waking up with mascara halfway down your face is never a good look. Also, removing all traces of foundation and any other makeup will reduce the chances of acne and spot outbreaks. It is also a proven fact that leaving makeup on ages your skin.
The most beautiful thing you can wear is your smile. But did you know it also takes years off your face? Smiling lifts facial muscles, making you look happier and younger.
When it all gets too much and you feel you’re about to explode, take a time out. Count to 10 and while you’re at it, focus on your breathing. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose, feeling your lungs fill with air, and then out through your mouth until you feel them empty completely. It is a simple trick that can help you calm down almost immediately.
Get my hair trimmed every six to eight weeks
It is your crowning glory after all, so make sure you keep your locks in tiptop condition. Book your next appointment while you’re at the hairdresser so you don’t forget.
De-clutter my cosmetics
Get yourself off to a fresh start by having a clear out and getting rid off all those cosmetics you just don’t wear. Make sure you check for sell-by dates; almost all beauty products have a shelf life. Think of it this way – you’ll have a lot more space for new goodies!
Moisturize morning and night
It is what your mother, and probably your grandmother, told you for years: Moisturizing your skin on a regular basis will help it appear full and vibrant; wrinkles develop easier and sink deeper if your skin is dehydrated. Also, make sure you treat your neck, hands and décolletage as an extension of your face
Wear SPF 30 every day
Make sure you wear SPF 30 or higher all year round – even in the middle of winter. It will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays that can cause aging and skin issues.
Get a beauty buddy
Enlist a friend to help keep your new beauty regime in check. Meet up every month or so for a massage or a manicure and a good catch up!
Clean my makeup brushes every week
You wash your face regularly to keep it clean, so don’t use dirty makeup brushes on it. Wash your brushes once a week to keep them free of dirt and bacteria – and your face spot free.
Experiment with new styles
Your neon lips might stay safely behind closed doors, but don’t be afraid to experiment this year. Keep an eye on the hottest makeup trends of 2014 and play around in the privacy of your home – you never know, some of them might just look fabulous!