10 Beauty Commandments for the New Year

Make 2015 a year for gorgeous skin with these easy-to-keep skin resolutions.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to draw up your resolutions, and the one resolution you must commit to is beautiful skin. We give you 10 all-important beauty tips that will keep your skin looking young, healthy, and flawless the whole year round.

  1. Chalk up a skin routine

When it comes to caring for your skin, the first rule is to create a routine that suits your skin the best and stick to it daily. The simple everyday cleansing, toning and moisturising routine, along with a few essentials steps like sunscreen and serum application should suffice for regular skin. Once you draw up your daily skincare regimen, you can catch up with exfoliating, face packs, and special treatments every once in a while.

  1. SPF indulgence

You might have heard the sunscreen chant repeatedly, but this is one mantra you just can’t forget. Apply a sunscreen to your face, neck, arms, feet, and any exposed parts of your body. Slather a generous dose and don’t forget to reapply it every few hours if you’re out in the sun. A good sunscreen is a must-have to protect skin from ageing and the destructive ravages of the sun.

  1. Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliation is essential for bright, glowing skin. Our skin cells become dry over time and lose their sheen, making our complexion look dull and drab. Exfoliating treatments, in the form of scrubs and face packs, help by getting rid of dead skin cells thereby making way for new ones. For best results, exfoliate once or twice a week.

  1. Reduce stress and smoking

Stress and smoking are two evils you need to banish for maintaining healthy skin. Try to reduce your stress levels by taking part in activities that keep you relaxed and happy.

  1. Beauty sleep

Try and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Adequate sleep is essential as it reduces stress, improves your complexion, erases dark circles, and keeps you refreshed throughout the day. Also, when you’re fast asleep, your skin is hard at work, repairing and replenishing itself so that you look your best the next morning.

  1. Water

Hydration is the key to naturally fresh, youthful skin. Our bodies are comprised mostly of water and our skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Thus, lack of hydration can result in our skin turning dry and flaky, paving the way for wrinkles. Not only does water help our skin glow, it also flushes out toxins from our system. So make sure you don’t skimp on those 8 glasses of water a day!

  1. Remove your makeup at night

Wearing makeup might make you look your best through the day, but you need to make sure to remove it every night. Dirt and makeup accumulated during the day clogs your pores, which can cause unsightly breakouts and hinder skin cells from doing their critical repair work during the night. So, remember to cleanse and wash you face every night before hitting the sack.

  1. Clean and replace makeup tools regularly

An essential aspect of caring for your skin is taking care to clean your makeup brushes and replace them every now and then. Stale makeup and skin oils on the surface of your makeup tools create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can irritate your skin and lead to breakouts.

  1. Hands Off

While you might be meticulously following all the above-mentioned steps to take care of your skin, but there can be nothing worse than touching and prodding at your skin with dirty hands. Our hands come in contact with millions of germs throughout the day and these get transferred to the face. Keep your hands away from your face and carry a set of face tissues or sanitising face wipes with you at all times.

  1. The Makeup Mantra

Whether you’re a fan of makeup or not, it is always advisable to invest in good brands that will not harm your skin. Adding a touch of blush, lip colour, and mascara can perk up your look. There are several exciting ranges of products in the market that you can experiment with to perfect your diva look. So, put your best foot forward and welcome 2015 with an aura of youth and beauty.

 

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