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15 Beauty Resolutions to Make for 2017 (That You’ll Actually Want to Keep)

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15 Beauty Resolutions to Make for 2017 (That You’ll Actually Want to Keep)

The biggest concern for people as they age, especially women, is their skin. They start to reflect more and more on how it looks as a beauty regimen, Jenni Reed, a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artists, says. Consistency is the most difficult part about taking care of oneself. That’s why it’s great to start a resolution before the New Year comes, so you won’t have to work hard on establishing a brand new habit, Reed says. You’ll have less work to do and it’ll be easier to keep up.

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Drink a lot of water

If there is one beauty resolution you should make, it should be to drink a lot more water, Reed says. Dehydration makes you sick in many ways. You can see the changes within days – your skin will be more glowing and it won’t be or feel dry, she adds. “Hydration will also help your dark circles under your eyes to go away.”

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Take your makeup off

This major mistake is still very common, Reed says. Makeup is made to last longer and longer; some women have it on for 12 hours. You absolutely want to take it all off at the end of the day in order for your skin can breathe, Reed adds. “All the dirt traps inside the pores and changes the pH levels under the skin – it becomes very oily or dry.”

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Moisturize

This is also very important, reed says. The best time for moisturizing is immediately after a shower. The skin needs moisture to repair itself, which allows for younger skin cells to rise to the surface. Also, the massaging affect that is used when applying lotion helps stimulate blood circulation and new cell generation.

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Eat better foods

People usually associate unhealthy food with weight gain, but skin damage comes before the extra inches around the waistline. Don’t fill up on refined sugar, complex carbs and processed foods. Unhealthy eating habits lead to inflammation, which causes oxidative stress (imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects), making you look older.

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Exfoliate

Get a loofa or a body sponge or a brush. Exfoliating helps the skin regenerate and look more polished, Reed says. “Think of it like you’re brushing your teeth – you won’t be doing a good job if you are only using your fingers, are you?” You don’t feel as fresh and clean.

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Go for deep-cleaning

As much as you wash your face, dirt builds up on the surface and can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. That’s why it’s important to cleanse your face once a month, Reed says. Some people may need the procedure done more often, she adds. The deep-cleaning clears pores of debris to prevent dirt buildup, allowing the sebum oil to reach the skin surface unimpeded; decreasing the chances of a breakout. “Make sure you pay attention to the skin below the chin, as well.”

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Change your foundation every season

The skin is much different in the winter than in the summer or spring, Reed says. The activities you engage in every season are also different, so it only makes sense to adjust and change what you put on your skin. You’ll need a water-resistant oil-control foundation when you spend more time outside in the summer, she adds.

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Try glossy eye makeup

Trying something new is always a good idea. You may be surprised by the result. Glossy makeup around the eyes has been popular lately and is more appropriate for nights out with the girls or similar social events. “Have your hair pulled back, so it doesn’t become glossy, too,” Reed says. This will also accentuate your best facial features.

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Cut your hair every 6-8 weeks

Getting regular haircuts is very beneficial to your hair, Reed says. It keeps it healthy and prevents it from getting dry and splitting, Reed says. Also, you won’t have to cut more than a quarter of an inch every time, preserving your hair length and style. 

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Don’t pop your pimples

The skin is the dirtiest part of the body, Reed says. If you pop your pimples, you now have an open wound on your face, and you deposit all of the oil and bacteria from your fingers onto your face, she adds. “This eventually leads to scarring and you later have a texture problem for life.”

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Reconsider blow-drying your hair

The most important thing is to apply a heat protectant spray before the procedure to reduce the damage from the heat, Reed says. The hair gets very, very hot – over 200 degrees. You need to spray to replenish moisture and defend against frying.

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Pay attention to products’ shelf life

Most common products’ shelf life if 24 months; mascara’s is three months, Reed says. “Makeup products have a lot of preservatives to keep them fresh.” As time goes by, they become less effective leading t change in color and consistency of the product, she adds. “Also, bacteria inside the product start to grow without the preservatives, which can damage your skin.”

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Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows

“This is definitely an epidemic,” Reed says. “The eyebrows are the frame of the face and keep your eyes in proportion,” Reed says. You’re doing disservice to your beauty if you over-pluck them, she adds. Also, reed says, as you get older, the hair does not regenerate and eventually stops growing back.

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Fix your posture

Poor posture is taking a huge toll on your spine, shoulders, hips, and even knees. You are guaranteed to feel the effects of that later in life. They come in the form of chronic back pain, fatigue, stiffness, and headaches. Also, standing up straight makes you look taller and thinner.

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Wear SPF every day

Research has shown that most skin damage is the result of incidental sun exposure – that’s when you’re pretty much everywhere but the beach and have not put sunscreen on. “90 percent of premature skin aging is caused by overexposure,” Dr. Elizabeth Hale, spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation and board-certified dermatologist, says. “Put sunscreen on no matter what.” The UV rays penetrate the clouds and windows so they are going to get you if you’re not ready.

15 Beauty Resolutions to Make for 2017 (That You’ll Actually Want to Keep)