Happy New Year Everyone! We’ve made it through the first week, and for many, the first day back at work! So, how are your lists of New Year’s Resolutions coming along? When we started compiling our lists, we realised that there are 2 very simple resolutions that we think everyone should include in their list too:
1. Look after your skin
No amount of make-up will mask a poor skin. The key to beautiful make-up is beautiful skin underneath, and having beautiful skin is really quite simple: Eat the right foods, drink sufficient amounts of water, get enough sleep, limit toxin intake, use sunscreen and invest in a proper skin care routine. All of these steps are very basic but can make the world of difference if stuck to:
Drink more water. Dehydrated skin looks dull and shows imperfections a lot more prominently. Getting at least 2l of water into your body everyday should be part of everyone’s routine. And by water we mean water, not tea or cold drinks or fruit juice. Pure, unadulterated water. The reason for this is that you should see water as the tool to flush toxins out of your body and it seems sort of counteractive if you add more toxins (chemicals from cold drinks, caffeine from tea or coffee etc.) in the process…
Eat the right foods. Someone once said that if the food item that you are about to eat doesn’t look like it did when it was in nature, then you should not eat it. Processed foods are the downfall of all of us, and as much as what they taste good, they simply don’t do good. Try to stick to eating food in its most natural form and stay away from anything that has added salt or sugar. Your skin will thank you (as will your waist-line).
Get enough sleep. The amount of sleep needed every night in order to feel refreshed in the morning is different for every person. Some people thrive on 6 hours, while others can’t get away with anything less than 8 hours. A way to determine if you’ve had sufficient sleep is to keep track of how you function through the day: did you wake up feeling refreshed or as though your eyelids are made of sandpaper? Were you productive in the morning, and then completely useless in the afternoon? Getting the right amount of sleep has a severe impact on many aspects of your life – your mood, your ability to concentrate, your body’s ability to ward off disease, and of course the condition of your skin.
Limit toxin intake (stop smoking, drink less alcohol and caffeine). This sounds very obvious, but it’s definitely worth a comment. The difference in skin condition (not to mention other health issues) between a person who smokes and someone who doesn’t is visible to the naked eye – without having to look too closely. Similarly, caffeine and alcohol will, over time, also have a detrimental effect on the skin. A good rule to follow is to have one glass of (pure, unadulterated) water for every drink you have that contains caffeine or alcohol.
Use sunscreen. If you are outside even for 5 minutes, you should have some sort of sun protection on. This includes being in the car. Yes, it’s lovely to be tanned and glowy, but soon that lovely tan will be replaced by wrinkles and pigmentation. And for the love of mascara, stay away from sunbeds!
Invest in a proper skin care routine. This year take some time to consult with a specialist and find yourself a routine that looks after your skin. This includes fully analysing your face to determine what type of skin you have (dry, oil, normal etc), and then finding the right cleanser, toner and moisturisers. Keep in mind that more expensive is not always better – but the advice you will get when speaking to a trained professional is priceless. Try to get your hands on sample or travel sizes if you are not sure about how well the products will work for you and don’t want to commit to a full sized product immediately. Preserving your skin is pretty much like preserving milk. If you leave milk out of the fridge and it starts to go sour, there is not a lot that you can do to reverse that. Same with your skin. If you neglect it now, there won’t be a lot that you can do to easily reverse the effects.
2. Revamp your look
Are you known for your signature neutral make-up and vixen red lips? Or your blond highlights? Why not mix things up a bit in 2014? We’re not suggesting that you do a complete make-over – a few simple changes can revamp your entire look:
Try alternating a very dramatic look with a more subtle one – if your signature look is a more neutral one, try adding a little drama with a winged eye liner effect. If you are known for your cat eyes, try a soft look every now and then. People will notice the difference, but may not know what it is exactly that you changed.
Experiment with different colours: we all know that a neutral palette is a safe choice, but why not add a hint of colour in there to spice it up a bit? You could do something as simple as trying as different colour eye liner.
Use a soft lip gloss instead of simply applying lip balm, or if you usually use lip gloss why not try a lipstick that has a different effect? Buy a new colour!
Perfect a new make-up technique and own it! Do you feel you end up looking like a panda bear when you try to apply a smoky eye? Or does your winged eye liner make you look droopy instead of fierce? 2014 should be the year that you master a new make-up skill and use it!
Hair is even easier to revamp without committing to anything too dramatic like chopping it off or changing the colour. Why not try parting your hair to a different side, or trying an up-do instead of leaving it down every day. Of course, nothing is stopping you from trying a new haircut or colour – speak with your stylist to find a look that fits your features.
Whichever way you want to tackle the New Year, remember to look at 2014 as a beautiful blank canvas – be sure to fill that canvas with everything remarkable! What are your resolutions for 2014? We’d love to hear from you!