In the scheme of changes to make for a new year, beauty resolutions may not top the list. But so much of what makes us look good on the outside stems from being good to ourselves on the inside. With that in mind, here are 5 beauty resolutions for a gorgeous start to the New Year!
1) Get back on the mat. While maintaining my gym regimen (except for two weeks of holiday-induced inertia), I’ve let my yoga practice slide right off the mat. Yoga leaves me feeling stronger and calmer: two big pluses!
2) Exfoliate regularly. It’s been a couple of years since I became an exfoliation convert. While I apply a daily clarifying product – I use Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex – I sometimes skip doing a weekly treatment. But when I do, my skin looks brighter, my hyper-pigmentation improved and my skin glows. Exfoliation is especially important as our skin ages, since epidermal cell turnover slows down with the passing years. Two of my favourite exfoliation treatments (which I use on alternate weeks) are REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask and Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. (Note: the branders of the latter product aren’t kidding: it’s intense. Use as directed, leaving on for a maximum of two minutes or try the milder ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment).
3) Veg out. I normally eats lots of fresh grilled or steamed broccoli, asparagus, lettuce and spinach. But this holiday season my morning green smoothie routine was traded in for bagels and cream cheese. And the rush of holiday prep had my husband and me dining on frozen pizza and other quick “delights” more often than home-cooked meals. The result is the sluggishness I’m feeling now, which hopefully some fresh greens (oranges and reds) will help combat.
4) Posture prescription. My posture (or lack thereof) is probably my biggest beauty resolution. Chronic slouching while growing up has led to what a yoga instructor labelled frozen shoulders. In addition to its unattractive appearance, poor posture can also lead to muscle fatigue, joint pain and back issues. While I’ve made various attempts at improving my posture through the years, it usually gets sacrificed when I’m busy (or hunched over my computer writing). One corrective I will attempt regularly is an exercise from the same drill sergeant yoga instructor: rolling on a tennis ball or two between my shoulders. Unpleasant, yes, but effective at opening up shoulders.
5) Reflect on the mirror. It’s easy to criticize the reflection we see, especially as we get older. And as women are held up to so many unreasonable standards by the media and entertainment industry; it’s no wonder any of us have much self esteem left! So this year I will continue to do what makes me feel good and use my concealer to erase the inner critic!
Regardless of what beauty resolutions you follow, I wish you a gorgeous 2013!