This time of year, we’re all making resolutions. We promise ourselves we’ll be better people, more responsible… we’ll actually get to the gym, we’ll adult. My personal resolution, or goal rather, is to run more (at least 4x a week), and to be able to run a 10k by the Spring. I think that’s pretty reasonable.
But all this resolutioning had me thinking. What about making resolutions that would be fun and easy to stick to? Beauty resolutions! As you know by now if you read here regularly, I am all for pampering… as much as possible. Today I’ve teamed up with BareMinerals to share eight beauty resolutions that will have you looking good, but most importantly feeling good. Beauty is something that comes from within. If you take good care of yourself and live a happy + healthy lifestyle, the results will show on the outside. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always been of the skincare > makeup mentality. And because BareMinerals is one of my favorite foundation brands (this is my everything!) I was really excited to see what their approach to skincare would look like.
ONE // Drink More Water. This one is an old standby resolution, but still so important. If you aren’t hydrated from within, it will show on your face. I’ve had an especially hard time with this one since starting to work from home (when I worked in an office, filling up my water bottle was my excuse to be social, to shake out my legs, etc.) so I’ve been keeping a pitcher in my fridge filled with ice water + slices of lemon and cucumber. I aim to fill the pitcher up twice a day, and because it tastes like spa water, I drink a lot more of it!
TWO // Get Skin on a Routine… and make skincare a ritual! This one is mostly mental. It’s making that switch between, “Ugh, it’s almost time for bed, I have to wash my face,” to “I can’t wait to do something nice for myself!” I will be honest… my morning skincare routine is not always as comprehensive as my evening routine, but at night I use an oil cleanser followed by a gel cleanser, serum, and a thick layer of night cream. Every. single. night. And it feels like such a treat. To be honest, if you are really thorough at night you don’t have to do as much in the morning. (Which is good for me as I am not a morning person at all!)
For the past two weeks (you may have seen it on Snapchat) I’ve been testing BareMinerals’ new Skinsorials line. While I definitely had my favorites (more on that to come), the whole line is fantastic (and affordably priced, too). The line left my skin hydrated, glowy, and most importantly feeling really good. No tightness, dryness, redness, etc. Just healthy, happy skin. Ever the double cleanser, I start with their total cleansing oil and then use their pure plush cleansing foam. After that I’d apply a layer of their (amazing) serum (more on that below), followed by cream. At night I use their restorative rich cream (it feels like butter!) and in the morning I would use their moisturizing soft cream.
THREE // Try an Oil Cleanser. As you may know, I am a huge proponent of the oil cleanser. Even if you have oily skin, there is an oil cleanser out there for you! BareMinerals’ new oil cleanser is one of the best I’ve tried, and by far the best smelling. It smells like the spa. The lavender notes are very visible, and I swear it smelled like eucalyptus too although that wasn’t listed on the packaging. Using it before bed is very relaxing. The brand encourages all types of skin to give this a try as the oil is very lightweight and washes away completely without leaving any oil behind.
The key to cleansing with oils is to massage them into dry skin first. Let it really sink in and dissolve your makeup (paying special attention to eye makeup) and then add just the tiniest bit of warm water. The water will turn the oil into a milky emulsion that can easily be rinsed away. I like to do a gel or foam cleanser afterward (mostly just to get my skin extra clean) but it really isn’t necessary with this one.
FOUR // Try a Serum. Repeat after me. Serum is the most important step. It’s no longer enough (especially as we get into our thirties) to simply wash and moisturize. You need a good serum in between. Serums are packed with anti-aging ingredients and actives that will help prevent signs of aging and damage. Applying it right after cleansing allows it to penetrate deeply, and then your moisturizer will lock it in to allow it to do its best work.
BareMinerals new SKINLONGEVITY Serum was actually inspired by Okinawa, Japan; which hosts the oldest living female population in the world today. The key active ingredient in the serum is Long Life Herb, (it grows in Okinawa) a superfood that contains even more minerals and vitamins than kale. The serum promises increased vitality, moisture, resilience, and a more youthful appearance. I personally really liked the formula. It’s very lightweight and left my skin glowing + healthy. I’ll also say that at $48, it’s one of the more affordable high-power serums I’ve tried… I would have expected it to cost over $100! If you haven’t added a serum to your repertoire, it’s worth giving this a go.. it really works and it won’t break the bank the way that some serums can.
FIVE // Get Enough Sleep. This is such a hard one for me and I hate it. I mostly blame the cat as I live in a studio apartment and he is nocturnal, but I’m working on it. I try to get into bed by 11pm to be asleep by midnight. I know you’re not supposed to watch TV right before bed, but it works for me. I will watch a show or read a book… and my new thing is that I leave my phone downstairs so that I’m not tempted to look at it. I also sleep with an eye mask (love these) and I really want to get this pillow after trying it out when I stayed with a friend in Boston.
SIX // Get in that Cardio! This is completely unfounded, but I believe that a good sweat will make your skin look so much better. As long as you shower/wash off afterward, a good sweat does wonders. It detoxifies your pores and leaves you glowing. I’ve been doing a lot more running over the past few months and have noticed a big difference in how my skin looks as a result. I feel like I sweat out all the bad stuff and have fewer clogged pores as a result. Again, completely unfounded but I really think it’s true.
SEVEN // Make things you hate fun by adding a pampering element to them. This might sound extremely silly or frivolous but it works for me. Bookkeeping is my least favorite part of the job so I will put on a face mask while I’m doing my accounting stuff. Before I know it, the receipts have all been logged and filed, and my skin is glowing too. Face masks are your friend!
EIGHT // Sunscreen, Always! I have not always been the best at this, but I have gotten so much better this year. The easiest way to remember (for me at least) is to use a tinted moisturizer or foundation that has it in it. Complexion Rescue has been my go-to face product for over a year now (I say face product because it’s kind of this weird gel hybrid between a BB cream and a foundation) and I love that it contains SPF 30. Like I said, skincare > makeup… but sometimes we need a little extra help, and I like that the Complexion Rescue contains an SPF so that I don’t have to worry about whether my day cream contains it.
Created in partnership with BareMinerals.
photography by Lydia Hudgens.