Most New Year’s resolutions set us up for failure. Whether it’s vowing to cut out sugar for an entire year or simply swearing that we’ll lose weight, we tend to make our resolutions either too ambitious or too vague. So, for this year’s skincare resolutions, we’ve come up with a list of simple, specific, achievable habits to keep our body’s largest organ healthy and radiant.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: Don’t pick at your skin. It’s never a good idea—and more often than not, it will make a mountain out of a molehill. Instead, if you feel a cyst or blemish that has not yet come to a head, have an effective spot treatment nearby. We swear by Renée Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst Treatment ($43) because it really is a miracle worker if you immediately apply the second you sense something forming.
Even if you’re resolute about never touching your face without thoroughly washing your hands first, it won’t do much if you’re constantly putting a bacteria-clad iPhone screen against your cheek. Instead, make a habit of regularly giving your screen a quick wipe-down. We recommend a pack of Spruce & Co’s Screen Cleaning Wipes ($8), because they’re derived from coconut oil and free of alcohol and ammonia—meaning they’re totally safe for your skin.
Having good skin isn’t just about what you put on it. Remember to look at the whole picture and make a consistent effort to drink a ton of water every day, doing your best to not go too crazy with the sugary and greasy foods. And, of course, always get a solid night’s sleep. For those who, like us, tend to struggle with falling asleep when their mind is still fixated on emails, texts, etc., drinking one glass of water with Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm ($24) mixed in 30 minutes before bed really works wonders.
Sorry to state the obvious, but this list really wouldn’t be complete without calling out the importance of a good SPF. Regardless of the cloud cover and temp outside, make a habit of wearing sunscreen every single day. These days, we’re loving Dr. Jart+’s Ceramidin Day Tint SPF 15 ($48) because it works as a great primer for BB cream or concealer, or even on its own.
Duh, right? Yet still, there’s always going to be that night when you find yourself under the covers, lights off, next-level tired, trying to convince yourself that it won’t kill you to sleep in your makeup just this once. While, no, it won’t kill you, it’s still proven to wreak havoc on your skin. The quick fix? Keep a bottle of Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O ($20) and a handful of cotton wipes in the drawer of your bedside table. It’ll take your makeup right off, it’ll soothe your skin, and it doesn’t require any rinsing. That way, no matter how exhausted you may feel, you’ll be able to seriously mitigate the damages of sleeping in a full face of makeup.
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