Thursday, April 11, 2013

Must-Try Beauty Resolutions

After a particularly stressful 2012 we vowed that we would find a way to balance our lives ie: less stress, more sleep etc. in 2013... and then life started back up again and resolutions flew out the window. And even though I dole out skin care and beauty advice with good intentions to my clients I know, I am guilty of a few bad habits as well. So if you want to look better, firmer, younger or just plain refreshed in 2013 here are a few beauty resolutions you can try now and throughout the year, and in the process benefit in a few other areas as well.
Make a pact with yourself to take off your makeup before bedtime- I know, it sounds easy, but even I have succumbed at the end of a particularly hectic day to falling into bed and forgetting to cleanse. This nasty little habit is enemy nĂºmero UNO to your skin. All that icky bacteria, dirt, makeup and sweat sinks deeper into your skin overnight, and when your skin should be repairing itself it's actually getting more damage from all the yuck that has been left behind. Try cleansing your skin earlier in the evening rather than waiting right before bedtime to give your skin time to breathe. Plus cleansing earlier will help to you to avoid startling yourself out of a near slumber when you suddenly realize you forgot to wash.
Set a once a week routine to -Wash your makeup brushes!
I can't think of a more important weekly beauty routine than this; yet, it's the one thing that majority of women never do. To put it gently, your makeup brushes collect dirt, bacteria, sloughed off dead skin cells and yes oodles of old makeup all swirled in to one nasty little fluffy brush, then you smear it all over your face-daily. Sounds like a scene from a horror movie, no? Get in the habit of washing your brushes once a week with a mild baby shampoo, Woolite detergent or an organic soap. I love Dr Bronners myself as it gets out every ounce of dirt and smells yummy.
Apply sunscreen daily!
Sometimes, I really can't believe how many people don't wear sunscreen. Often I hear "my makeup has sunscreen in it." Guess what love, the people who made that makeup, didn't factor in that you live in the hottest pace on Earth, the fact that you worked up a sweat running after the kids all day etc. So back up that makeup with a primary layer of good old fashion SPF 30. Sun damage and skin cancers generally occur from the cumulative exposure to sun throughout our lifetime and you will be thanking me later for nagging you to do this daily routine!
Eat five a day of fruits and veggies!
Sorry, I had to go there. Most of us don't eat enough fruits and veggies and if we did we would see a major change in our skin. Eating a diet rich in greens like spinach, kale and broccoli plus anti oxidant charged blue, straw and raspberries will make your skin glow, with fewer breakout and ultimately firmer skin. And the overall impact it has on your health, a flatter tummy, weight loss and improved health is the biggest bonus you could ask for.
Drink your 8!
It's not a secret that water is the best thing you can drink and the benefits are far-reaching: it hydrates the skin, flushes out toxins, and helps brain, muscle and metabolism functions. Eight 8-12oz glasses a day are recommended for optimum health.
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