If I told you I took care of my skin extremely well in 2016, I'd be lying. I know our skin is our body's largest organ and that it serves as a protective barrier between our insides and the rest of the world, and it helps regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Yet, I am as lazy as one can be when it comes to treating my skin right and am often neglecting it from what it really needs. I often forget to give my skin as much care and attention as it deserves and this year I need to make a change. I am not just referring to facial skincare which I've improved a lot lately thankfully, but also body-care which is my biggest challenge as I very much dislike moisturising every day even though I really should. Thankfully my skin isn't too dehydrated but I can only imagine how much better it would look and feel if I actually gave it some TLC. I am now aware that my skin works 24/7 to protect my body from harsh weather (which we seem to get a lot in the UK this time of year), UV rays, injuries, pain and a host of other unpleasant sensations. Setting aside a few minutes each day to tend to my skin seems a small price I will have to pay and these are my 2017 skincare resolutions.
1. USE SPF EVERYDAY
In the summer I am more proactive with this one but in the cold season I should be treating my skin with just as much SPF. Skin cancer may be most preventable form of cancer, yet most of us do not adequately protect our skin from harsh UV rays which can lead a number of skin problems. I am turning 25 on Sunday (5 years from turning 30) and it is time I take action to keep wrinkles and any other sings of ageing away so for the best protection, I need to insert a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has at least an SPF 15 into my skincare routine and use it religiously, no excuses.
2. MOISTURISE ENTIRE BODY
Dermatologists say that the best time to apply a moisturiser is right after leaving the shower or bath, and boy have I failed to do this since basically ever. After I step out of the shower, all I want to do is get into my warm pjs and robe, and my skin is completely forgotten about. But, I will make efforts to apply my moisturiser immediately after showering because if I am only going to moisturise once a day this is probably the best time to do it. The product is able to trap some of the water still on your body and use it to hydrate your skin.
3. USE EYE CREAM
I've talked endlessly about my dark circles here on the blog. I have also bought several under eye creams over the years but did I use them every day? Nope. I have not yet found my holy grail product which is probably why I lost faith on them, but regardless I need to do something about my under eye area. At this rate of serious neglect, I am probably not too far off from getting horrendous under eye wrinkles so a good eye gel or cream is a MUST to help maintain a smooth area around my eyes for a little longer.
4. DRINK MORE WATER (& less coffee)
We all know beauty comes from within and drinking water certainly comes to mind. I do drink a lot of water when I'm at the gym but I'm sweating a lot too so I definitely need to take it up a notch. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins and that can only mean a more radiant skin glow. Without sufficient water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. I am not saying skip your moisturiser and just drink water. Instead, moisturising my skin both internally and externally is a critical combination for healthy, beautiful skin that I am certain I need to do more of. Plus, my coffee intake is ridiculous; coffee massively magnifies your body's stress response and this can only be bad news for my skin.
5. CARE FOR MY HANDS & NECK
The eyes, neck, décolleté and hands are often the first to show signs of ageing and the ones we end up neglecting the most, am I right?! I do have occasional manis, but my hands deserve so much more and SPF hand creams are a must given they're exposed just as much as my face. I've stopped trimming my cuticles a long time ago but sometimes I forget to moisturise them and they can end up look overly dehydrated, in need of some cuticle oil or gel. And, when it comes to neck I need to start taking that face moisturiser all the way down to my décolleté too to ensure every inch of skin is covered.
6. TAKE MY VITAMINS
I'm anaemic and my immune system isn't a great one. As anaemia worsens, my body can experience visible physical changes; my skin becomes pale, my nails brittle and cuts take longer to stop bleeding/heel. So apart from daily iron intake, I can probably benefit from daily vitamins as all-natural products offer healthy benefits to skin, hair and nails. Hence, it only makes sense for me to make an effort to include them in my morning ritual.
7. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Sleep is important from a beauty perspective too. While we're sleeping, our bodies' hydration re-balances. Skin is able to recover moisture, whilst excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not enough sleepy time will lead poor water balance, which can only worsen those under eye puffy bags and under eye circles (yup!). I am moving homes soon which will mean waking up earlier than usual (I already wake up at 5:30am every day) so instead of scrolling through my Instagram feed for the 100th time before bed, I will need to ensure I catch enough zzzzs.
Tell me, do you have any beauty/skincare resolutions for 2017?
If so let me know below! If not, what are your thoughts on mine?
Thanks for reading beauties!