The New Year is always a time of reflection and a move towards aspects of our life that we desire. This may come in the form of setting new goals, refocusing on pre-Holiday priorities, or shifting simple elements impeding us from living our best lives. In a Swiss study, nearly 70% of us who make New Year’s resolutions focus on improving our health. From exercise, to sleep, to a cleaner diet, here is our list for three easy skincare resolutions that will keep your skin happy and healthy all year long.
Resolution #1: Reduce Your Beauty Footprint
Many of us are aware of ways we can reduce our overall carbon footprint on the earth. From recycling efforts to a cognizant effort to support eco-friendly fashion brands like Rothy’s, simple daily changes can add up to one big impact. For 2023, reducing your beauty footprint is not only beneficial for the earth but also for your budget and your schedule. So just, how do you reduce your beauty footprint? Here are a few ways to get started:
- Replace makeup wipes with a fast and easy double cleansing routine. This not only gives your skin a complete clean but reduces the waste of a single use cloth, while reducing microplastics into the ocean.
- Opt for products packaged in glass packages vs. plastic. 80% of glass bottles can be re-claimed in the recycling process compared to the estimated 8% of plastics.
- Use products that multi-task. For example, try a sunscreen that also functions as your antioxidant serum, moisturizer, and SPF. Products that multi-task help pare down steps in a routine and bottle waste. When formulated correctly, these multi-taskers also support more effective results by combining active ingredients designed to work together.
Resolution #2: Commit to Consistency
Consistency is key for supporting long-term health of your skin. The new year is a great time to revisit your current daily skincare for consistency both from a product standpoint and a daily routine standpoint. Here are few tips to help support consistency in your daily skincare routine:
- Open your vanity. How many half-open bottles have taken up permanent residence? How many have expired? How many clutter your brain every time you open your vanity? Now is the time to clear out old items that have expired or items that despite your best intentions are either formulas you don’t enjoy using or don’t align to creating a consistent routine.
- Use products that multi-task. Yes, you re-read that tip. Products, that multi-task are a great way to reduce your beauty footprint but also pare down your daily routine. Studies consistently show that executing a simple, but consistent daily routine produce the biggest results for your skin.
- Pare it down. If you lay in bed at night in a pool of guilt, fretting over going to bed not washing your face or using a makeup wipe and polluting the ocean; it is time to let that go and find a routine that serves you. Less can be more in the skincare world. Look for a simple skincare routine that you will actually do- consistently. If you need help getting started, click here to look at easy routines by skin concern.
Resolution #3: Make SPF a Daily Thing
It is estimated that 90% of premature aging is caused from exposure to the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun. While many of us think to apply SPF in summer months when headed to the beach or the pool, only an estimated 11% of Americans apply sunscreen daily. If you have drier skin the ingredients in most sunscreens can leave your skin feeling red, irritated, and itchy. If you have combination or oily skin, most sunscreens can feel greasy, thick and lead to breakouts. Add to it confusion on which actives are safe to use and safe for our oceans. It is no wonder wearing sunscreen daily is a hard habit to create. Here are a few key things to look for when selecting a daily sunscreen:
- Review active ingredients. Skip formulas made with these ingredients: Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, Octinoxate, and Oxybenzone. These ingredients are known carcinogens and damage marine life. Instead opt for safe active ingredients such as non-nano mineral Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide.
- Think about texture. Opt for an SPF serum that is ultra-lightweight, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic (meaning, it won’t clog your pores).
- Look for beneficial ingredients that work as skincare with your SPF to enhance your overall skin goals. Ingredients like niacinamide can reduce redness and calm surface stress while protecting your skin.
- Skip added fragrance, parabens, and silicones. Your skin doesn’t love these types of added ingredients and they can cause irritation.
There you have it, three easy skincare resolutions that you will actually keep in 2023! 🥂 Tell us, what you are bringing forward into your 2023 skincare routine.
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