All of our good intentions to take care of ourselves went out the window in 2020. We cancelled the needed vacations, massages or any other unnecessary but desired beauty appointments.
We have been covering our faces but at some point in the near future, we will be revealing our best faces again. Who doesn’t want glow again?
The following twelve skincare resolutions are simple self-care goals to consider in 2021 to get your glow back.
2021 will be about regaining what we lost this year and finding new ways to take care of ourselves so we can take better care of those around us. The first step is to break bad skincare habits.
12 Simple Skincare Resolutions- To Get Your Glow Back
1. Avoid Direct Heat Exposure
I learned that heat recently that heat from heaters, hot tubs, fireplaces can wreak havoc on my skin because it causes inflammation and collagen to breakdown. So now, when I am sitting next to a patio heater or beach fire… I will take a couple steps back to avoid the extreme heat on my face.
2. Drink Water And Greens Before Coffee In The Morning
I don’t know about you, but I am like a walking zombie in the morning as I make a b-line for my coffee before I can function in the morning. This is not a good habit, and I know it. I’m committed to drinking 8 oz of water before I sip on my morning coffee. We wake up dehydrated, and coffee dehydrates us even more.
Drinking a shot of chlorophyll in the morning will brighten and hydrate your skin. This green drink will drain any morning puffiness. I used to be good at juicing celery juice every morning, but since Covid, I stopped that healthy habit.
3. Clean My Makeup Brushes Regularly
I wash my face brushes but not often enough. According to Dr. Prystowsky, we should be cleaning our foundation brushes once a week. Eye shadow brushes twice a month.
I clean my brushes with a mild shampoo. I squeeze a small drop of shampoo in my hands and massage the brushes in warm water. I let them dry overnight.
4. Layer Products In The Right Order- Morning and Evening
No matter what type of skin you have, using products in the right order makes a difference. I admit that I have gotten extremely lazy about this routine so I am committed to make this a priority because it really does make a difference in how the products are absorbed into the skin.
5. Use Non-Foaming Cleanser
Foaming cleansers contain ingredients that can strip the skin, which makes skin prone to breakouts. If you have semi-dry skin, try oil cleansers.
My favorite Facial Oils:
6. Sleep On Your Back To Avoid Wrinkles
The last time I saw my dermatologist, she told me exactly how I sleep after by just looking at my skin. Ha ha… must be that obvious! For instance, I tend to sleep on my left side and it shows. I have more wrinkles around my eyes on my left than I do on my right side. It is what it is but if you want to try to avoid more folds in your skin then you may want to consider sleeping on your back.
The way we sleep can determine how wrinkles play out on our faces. Squishing your face into your cozy pillow feels like heaven, but it causes wrinkles in your skin, especially around your eye.
Place A Pillow Or Towel Under Your Legs
One way of training yourself into back sleeping is by using a rolled-up towel under your neck. It doesn’t sound comfortable to me but I will give it a try. Here is the way to roll a towel to place under your neck. Another idea is to place a pillow under your knees, this makes it easier to sleep on your back, I find it comfortable.
I have a Gal Pal that swears by sleeping with a pillow or towel under her neck. This is her method below.
How To Roll A Towel And Place It Under Your Neck:
- Lay out a soft towel and smooth out any lumps.
- Fold it in half (shorter side to shorter side).
- Take the short side and start rolling it up tightly.
- Use hair bands or string and tie the ends so it doesn’t unravel in the middle of the night.
- Remove your pillow and place the towel where your neck will go.
- Lie down on your back so the towel is supporting your neck.
- If the towel isn’t comfortable, you can experiment with larger or smaller towels, or by placing a low pillow under your head. It should feel solid and snug, pressing at the base of your head.
7. Treat Your Neck As An Extension Of Your Face
The 45-degree angle you hang your head to look at your cell phone causes a repeated squishing of the neck, resulting in premature folds and wrinkles. To treat this, most people know to apply moisturizer to the neck, and many do this, but the mistake is made in treating the neck as an afterthought.
This particularly applies with sunscreen since the number one cause of premature skin aging is UV rays given off from the sun. The best way to apply sunscreen to this area is by making a full second application exclusively to the neck. In addition to sunscreen, be sure to use your serums and moisturizers in an upward motion to go against gravity.” — Renée Rouleau
8. Don’t Lick Your Lips
If you have dry lips, it can be tempting to lick them for relief. Unfortunately, this will only lead to increased dryness. Licking my lips tends to be a bad habit of mine. Why? No idea! All I know is I am working to break the habit because it dries out my lips and causes wrinkling and other issues that are not very pleasant.
The fact is that our saliva contains digestive enzymes, and when we lick our lips these enzymes will start breaking down the skin barrier of our lips. This is often described as a burning feeling. Not only that, but saliva evaporates very quickly, usually drying out the skin further.
What makes all this even worse is how easily licking the lips can become a habit. It’s a destructive cycle that I need to break! Because my lips are often dry, I soothe my chapped lips with lip balms.
9. Be Mindful Of Irritants- Use Clean Products
If you have sensitive skin, products that are formulated with fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and other harsh ingredients may be harmful to your skin. To reduce the risk of irritation, opt instead for products that indicate on the packaging that they are either explicitly formulated for sensitive skin or dermatologist-tested.
Please check out the following list of toxins and chemicals that may be lurking in your skincare products.
• Sulphates – harsh chemicals that help create foam and remove all oil, therefore sensitizing skin.
• Parabens – preservatives used in many cosmetics that can be harmful to health.
• Mineral oil – derived from petroleum, is a cheap moisturizing agent that can leave a film on your skin and lead to irritation and breakouts.
I love all of the Beauty Counter Products. All products are clean and chemical free and they actually work. I am also a big fan of the Violet’s Are Blue product line created by Cynthia Besteman after she had breast cancer.
10. Clean Your Cell Phone
Our cell phones are fifthly and contain lots of bacteria so wiping down our phones often is a good habit. I usually use wipes that I carry with me in my car and in my purse. Our mobile phones are placed next to our face often and this causes breakouts.
11. Don’t Drink Too Much
This habit is harder to break during Covid… I know i know… I am with y’all. I love my glass of wine at night. Just keep in mind that alcohol increases the level of inflammatory agents in the bloodstream and ages our skin.
12. Touching Your Face
That constant touching could be the culprit behind any breakouts in those frequently-touched areas. With Covid, we all learned not to touch our face but that doesn’t mean it’s a simple habit to break. While it’s easier said than done, only keeping your hands off your face will help any irritated areas clear up. It seems like we are all touching our faces more than usual with zoom calls so it is a good habit to break.
I have one of those mirrors where I can see every living thing on my face. It’s my goal to stop using the mirror as much as possible because when I do, I tend to touch and pick, and pluck more than I should. Just something else to think about ladies!
The skincare brands I have shared are some of my favorites. Several are affiliates so may receive a referral fee but you don’t pay fees. Full disclosure!