When making New Year’s resolutions, working out and eating right are probably at the top of your list. But this year, don’t neglect the health of your skin! Adopt these skin care habits for beautiful, glowing skin in 2018.
- Wash Your Face Before Bed
You’ve heard this a million times, but washing your face before bed really is the #1 rule of skincare. When left overnight, makeup, dirt, and debris can cause breakouts and enlarged pores. Plus, skipping your nightly moisturizer and eye cream can cause dry skin and contribute to premature aging.
Finding it hard to remove your makeup before bed? Try washing your face as soon as you get home instead of waiting for bedtime. Or, try keeping makeup wipes next to your bed for nights when you’re too tired to cleanse your face. No excuses!
- Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day
Add a sunscreen to your daily beauty routine - even if the sun isn’t shining. Sunscreen is vital for protecting skin from the UV radiation that causes premature aging and skin cancer.
Find sunscreen too greasy? Look for a brand with phrases like “non-greasy” or “sheer” on the label, with an SPF of at least 30.
And don’t forget your hands! Like your face, hands are constantly exposed to UV light. Add a hand cream with SPF to your routine to ensure youthful hands for years to come.
- Get Enough Sleep
The concept of “beauty sleep” is completely valid! Bedtime is when our skin repairs itself. Without an adequate amount of sleep, our skin suffers. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
- Change Your Pillowcase
Did you know that you should be changing your pillowcase twice per week? Bacteria on your pillowcase can lead to breakouts and irritation. For clearer skin, buy an extra set of pillowcases and swap them out every couple of days.
- Don’t Neglect Your Neck and Decolletage
When applying serums and sunscreens, do you stop at your jawline? Always make sure to apply your facial products onto your neck to keep its delicate skin moisturized and youthful.
At the very least, make sure to apply sunscreen on your neck and decolletage daily to prevent wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. Your future self with thank you!
- Wash Your Makeup Brushes
Like your pillowcase, your makeup brushes harbor pimple-causing bacteria. Wash makeup brushes with lukewarm water and dishwashing soap, rinse well, and allow to dry on a clean, folded towel. In a pinch, you can also sanitize them with an antibacterial spray. Make a habit out of cleaning your makeup brushes weekly to prevent breakouts.
- Drink More Water
Drinking water has many health benefits beyond skincare, but its ability to moisturize skin from the inside out is definitely a plus. Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times so there’s no excuses not to sip throughout the day.
- Apply Sheet Masks
Sheet masks provide concentrated amounts of glow-boosting serums. In fact, just one BioRepublic mask contains the equivalent of half a bottle of skin revitalizing serum! Add a sheet mask to your weekly routine for beautiful skin in the new year.
- Take Your Vitamins
If you don’t take one already, adding a daily multivitamin to your routine will result in more energy, glowing skin, and better overall health.
- Stop Touching Your Face
We know: the urge to pop a zit can be absolutely overwhelming. However, any time you touch your face, you bring pimple-causing dirt and bacteria to the skin.
Having trouble remembering? Try putting Post-it note reminders in your bathroom, car, or anywhere else you’re tempted to squeeze.
What are your 2018 beauty resolutions? Let us know in the comments!
Written by: Colleen Welsch