So what are my new years resolutions? Mine are to detox my life, including my cosmetic cupboard.
With the festive season well and truly over now, I think many of us are looking at detoxing, both our bodies and our homes. I know at a few points throughout the season, I ended up feeling a little worse for wear. I was reminded that this is something we all need to bear in mind at this time of year: What to do after a big night, to make ourselves look and feel better, so that our skin doesn’t show signs of this in years to come.
- My first recommendation is to drink lots of water, and top up on a good multivitamin, with lots of B group vitamins. These counteract the alcohol, and prevent it from causing damage to your skin. Dehydrating, caused by hot weather and alcohol, can really wreak havoc with your skin, making it seem dry and more wrinkled that it actually is.
- Always ensure you take your makeup off, no matter how late the night. The ageing process will be sped up, up to 7 times by not removing your makeup.
- Finally, a good detox treatment can also help, which is why we’ve launched some detox treatments, with body and face masks, which can also be combined with some good hydrating antioxidants.
We’ve also got a few tips for the bathroom cupboard as well. Did you know that a lot of cosmetic and skincare products will have use by dates, and also shelf life recommendations? If you’ve seen the little symbol on the back of a product that looks like an open jar with a number on it, that number is actually how many months the product should be kept after opening. The summer break is a great time to spring clean your cupboard, and get rid of any products which don’t get used, and probably never will. I have started cleaning out my cupboard, and have a few new buys, including the fantastic Arbonne Intelligence CC cream, after throwing out all my old gluggy foundations from the back of the cupboard.
- First start by pulling any old products out of the cupboard, and see if you can remember when you opened them.
- Check the shelf life by looking for the little open jar symbol. If you think they are past their shelf life, throw them straight in the bin. All products can separate, and become gluggy, after they are exposed to air.
- Check your mascara. These should be replaced every 3 months, because most of us have eye lash mites, and we all have our own bacteria growing on our skin, and because we put the wand back in the tube after using, these can end up growing bacteria.
- If you can’t live without a product, make sure you order/purchase a new one straight away, if you need it, and throw out the old one. Old products may harbour bacteria which can cause pimples or acne to reoccur because the bacteria can grow in the product once it has been open.
- Also, you should look at any products you use which seem to cause you to breakout every time you use them. Look at that so-called favourite foundation which you think is a perfect match to your skin type, but it causes you to break out after you use it for any big night out? That should be thrown out now, and you should look for a replacement.
If you’re not sure, enlist the help of an expert. We’re more than happy to conduct consultations to help with this type of spring clean if needed. Contact us for more information.
What are your new years Resolutions? Have you even started thinking about them yet? I know I have! We’d love to hear what yours are, so feel free to jump over to our Facebook page and join the discussion.