Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My 2017 Skincare Resolutions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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!



  1. I agree with you Pam, great post! When I was younger I tanned without sun protection and after I had problem with pigment of my skin ..Now I'm using creams with SpF every day.

  2. I need to start using more SPF and taking care of my neck, I always forget my neck! I'm drinking water all the time and the difference is amazing, with added lemon you are winning! Good luck, once you start it will become routine!

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  3. My skin care resolution is most definitely to be healed from eczema asap (I don't want to spend all of 2017 fighting this silly illness), and I actually need to take more vitamins. I think vitamin D plays a big part, especially living in this sun-forsaken country.

    Mich x

  4. Good resolutions, I definitely need to sleep more, for my skin and for me:)


  5. I have always been good with my skin but I plan to be wiser in my selections of skincare and makeup for 2017. Just yesterday I purged a shopping bag full of beauty products, things that I don't use anymore because my skin has definitely changed over the past year.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  6. These are great goals, Pam. I tend to skip SPF in winter, which is not good. Getting enough water and sleep is also very important.
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  7. Living in the UK I never realised the importance of SPF in my daily routine, need to bring it in!

  8. My goal is to wear spf year-round as well.. not just in the summer. these are great goals :)

  9. Sleep and water are so so important! Thanks for sharing :)

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  10. These are such great resolutions Pam, I ran out of my eye cream at the weekend and I feel lost without it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  11. These are great resolutions to have. Luckily I enjoy putting on body cream, but I definitely need to make an effort to drink more water! x

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  12. Despite ditching the sugar as part of the Get the Glow program I have no specific resolutions. But I have always been very good at skincare, be it face or body.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  13. That's so funny... I was reading this thinking it was going to be facial skincare and I was soo happy it was more about all over. I am really good with facial skincare but awful everywhere else. I love all these ideas and tips! I for sure need to drink more water and less coffee (like 3 cups less) and get wayyy more sleep!

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  14. I think you are so right, dear Pam, a little TLC is very good for skin and also considering our souls. Because by doing that, you are "telling" yourself, skin and mind, that you deserve love and so you will go on attracting love, in many ways. I don't have a beauty routine, rather I don't like creams very very much (but a bit is needed :), but I drink a lot of water and get very good sleep. I am also anaemic, since 9 years old, and yes, finally someone who understands me - we get tired much before anyone else! Hope you reach your goals in 2017, dear Pam!

  15. Excellent post - I need to take all of these points on-board and am sometimes so slack with looking after my skin! Roll on 2017 and better skin! xx

  16. Great resolutions, I should also really start taking my vitamins! x

    Mira Aksoy |

  17. Number two and three are definitely on my list of resolutions too and (so far) I've stuck to them!!
    Hope you're having a good week :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  18. Amazing tips! Two of my resolutions are to drink more water and moisturise my whole body. I've actually invested in one that brings out the colour in tattoos, to keep my tattoos looking great. SPF is something I definitely need to start using too! x

    Y x The Sweet Seven Five

  19. It's a good idea to make these resolutions addressing particularly your skin. I should apply some of your resolutions in my life as well ;) as for example the use of SPF all year round and not only during the summer. Also, I felt super identified with the #4: more water, less coffee! It's a challenge but I'm sure the results are worth it. :)

  20. Great tips! I always wear SPF - it's so important!
    April xx


  21. I totally agree! Great tips! Wish I could have time to follow all in one day and every day!

  22. Putting lotion on my entire body after a shower is one area that I've always done well with. I just feel like I'm drying out from the inside out if I don't haha. I definitely do not take enough vitamins, drink enough water, or get enough sleep, though. Thanks for the reminder :)

    xo, mikéla /


    If you're too tired to put lotion on after a late night shower, you could always use a coconut or vitamin e oil based scrub in the shower! When I use those, my skin still feels moisturized when I dry off and I can skip the lotion :)

  23. I should agree to number 4. I am a coffee addict, I hope I can change it this year! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  24. I'm so gonna need to add your skincare resolution to mine. Especially no. 4, 6 and 7. Definitely need to change my lifestyle.

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  25. oh hgosh, i have to stick to ypur plans, too :( I'm so bad in doing skincare regulary and I really need to use a cream after the shower and yes for the SPF - I fail there every time :(

  26. "Get enough sleep" também está nas minhas resoluções ahah Que saudades daqueles tempos em que me deitava à hora que queria sem ter nada para fazer antes disso!
    Kiss, Mariana Dezolt
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