10 Beauty Promises to Make to Yourself This Year

10 Beauty Promises to Make to Yourself This Year

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Feb 1, 2017
Why you should care

Little promises that will make a huge difference to your skin, makeup, and hair.

There’s no better time to be the best you than now. Actually, yesterday is better, but let’s not look back.

These simple beauty habits are small steps that will make a big difference to how you look, and more importantly, how you feel!

1 Don’t Try Every Trending Beauty Product

Panda eye stick? Peel-off mask? Silicone makeup sponge? These are cult favourites that are popular within the beauty community, but don’t just try anything that’s popular. Get to know your skin – if you have sensitive skin, you probably shouldn’t be using a peel-off mask.

Research beauty products before purchasing, or try their samples – keep in mind that it takes up to 6 weeks to see results. Once you’ve found your favourites, stick to them!

2 Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are bacterial breeding grounds, so clean them regularly. Do it every week for your concealer and foundation brushes, every fortnight for your eye brushes, and monthly for all other brushes.

Try Sephora’s rinse-free makeup brush cleaner – simply spray your brush head and brush it back and forth on a kitchen towel or clean cloth.

makeup brush cleaner

SOURCE: sephora.ae

3 Throw Away Expired Makeup

Similar to makeup brushes, makeup collects bacteria, especially liquid based ones. Take note of how long a product is good for or check the period after opening symbol on a product.

If it says 12M, then the product is only good for 12 months.

Period after opening4 Use Wide Elastic Hairbands

The wider the hairband, the less pressure is placed on your hair and scalp. So use wide and flat ones without metal clasps that tend to pull the life out of innocent strands.

Hair tie set from Forever 21.


Forever 21 hair elastic

SOURCE: Forever21.com

5 Take a Break from Hairstyling Tools

If you blowdry, straighten, or curl your hair frequently, give your hair a break every now and then. Run anti-frizz serum through your strands when they’re semi dry, then leave them to air dry.

Pro tip: If you don’t like sporting your air dried hair, then wear a hair scarf as headband or wrap it around your crown.

Hair scarf style

SOURCE: huffpost.com

6 Decline Dessert, Occasionally

Sugar-filled foods and white carbs (flour, sugar, rice) have high Glycemic Index (GI) which increases the cortisol (a type of hormone) levels in your body. Increased cortisol levels are also a product of stress, which means that eating sugar-filled foods, like stress, breaks down collagen and elastin, causing your skin to age faster.

Sugary foods also exacerbate certain skin conditions like breakouts and eczema.

7 Get a Regular Hair Trim

The ends of your hair are old, weak, and prone to breakage. Get a trim every 1.5 – 2 months to prevent split ends from creeping up the hair shaft, resulting in damage and frizz.

8 Tug Your Eyelids When Putting on Eyeliner

Instead of pulling your eyelid taut to draw on your eyeliner, gently hold your eyelid in place with a cotton bud. Then, make shorter strokes for easier application. This prevents wrinkles!

Eyeliner application cotton bud

SOURCE: beautyheaven.com.au

9 Stop Touching Your Face

Whether consciously or not, your bacteria-ridden fingers come into contact with your face many times a day. The bacteria transfers to your face, causing breakouts. Meanwhile, rubbing your eyes creates wrinkles and popping your zits may cause scarring.

10 Work Up a Sweat

Regular exercise has anti-ageing advantages as it tightens your skin and reduces your stress levels, which, as we mentioned, breaks down collagen that keeps you looking youthful.

Why you should care

Little promises that will make a huge difference to your skin, makeup, and hair.

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