If self-care is one of your new year’s resolutions (and it really should be), a good place to start is your beauty regime. It doesn’t have to be a full overhaul. Not at all. A few tweaks here and there can make all the difference. That’s my plan, at least. Here, 7 beauty resolutions that are on my 2018 list.
1. APPLY A HAIR MASK TWICE PER WEEK
While I’m always up for a face mask (this one is working wonders for me at the moment), I seem to forget that my hair needs the same kind of TLC. When I do remember to apply a hair mask, I’m always wondering why I don’t do it more often. I color my locks so the added moisture is extra critical. Post-mask, my hair always has such a healthy shine to it. I’m going to try to make that a permanent thing.
2. FIND A NEW DRY SHAMPOO (FINALLY)
Though I’ve dabbled in trying a few different dry shampoos, I’ve never been able to commit. I always, always end up coming back to the Oscar Blandi powder. I just can’t seem to quit it. Unfortunately, it’s getting more and more difficult to track it down (Amazon has failed me here) thus forcing my hand. I always trust Violet Grey and according to her, this spray from Playa is one of the very, very best. I’ve given it a solid go and so far, so good. Any other suggestions?
3. TAKE MY VITAMINS
I am the absolute worst about this. I used to be really diligent about taking a multivitamin along with a probiotic (I like this one) every single day. I’m not quite sure when (or why) I started breaking this habit but it’s all but disappeared at this point. I know how important vitamins are to women’s health so this is definitely something I’m going to fix. In addition to adding in a multivitamin, I’m also going to be sure I’m taking in the right stuff for my skin. With that in mind, I’ve added the Goop Glow into my daily regime. I was really skeptical about this stuff at first but as you all know, I do what Gwyneth tells me to do so I’ve given it a go. I just add a packet to my morning water bottle and stir. Easy. While I’m not completely sold on it just yet, I will tell you that it’s certainly not doing any harm. There’s all kinds of good stuff in it (antioxidants, grape seed polyphenols, etc.) so I think I’m on the right track.
5. APPLY CUTICLE OIL
This may sound like such a silly one to put on this list but for me, it’s necessary. I have no idea what’s happened in the last year but my hands and nails have just gotten extra dry. My manicures don’t seem to last as long because of it. I read an article last month that said cuticle oil is a game-changer when used regularly. Unfortunately, the majority of us use it like…never. Right? Well, time to change that. I keep this one on my bathroom counter and have been trying to use it after washing my hands to help combat dryness.
6. CLEANSE MY MAKEUP BRUSHES AT LEAST ONCE-A-MONTH
Because it’s gross not to. Period. I like this brush cleanser a lot. It’s gentle. Lather it up with a little bit of hot water and – voilà – squeaky-clean brushes.
7. TAKE MY TIME
I always rush through my beauty routines. I seem to have this mentality that it needs to happen quick. There are definitely days when I’m running late and an abbreviated beauty routine is just part of the deal, but I’ve found that I’m rushing through the process even on the days when there’s no need to. Rather than look at a beauty regimen simply as a means to an end, I really need to remember that the entire thing is an act of self care. I need to see it as a treat and take the time to enjoy it.