It’s time to ditch unrealistic diets or finally mastering that language you have been trying to learn for years, and give yourself some easy and beneficial New Year beauty resolutions. Whether it’s something simple like finally saying goodbye to that makeup you’ve been holding onto for years, or completely updating your skincare routine, there are a whole host of beauty resolutions that will help you look and feel amazing all year round.

New Year beauty resolutions you should consider

As a reputable beauty clinic in Milton Keynes, we know many of our clients want to reinvent their beauty regime in the New Year. With this in mind, we thought it would be helpful to share some of our resolutions we think everyone should aim to achieve in 2020. Unlike standard New Year resolutions, beauty resolutions are arguably more achievable and fun, so here is a breakdown of the beauty resolutions we think you need to add to your list:

  • Exfoliate often
  • Keep your brushes clean
  • Throw out old makeup
  • Stop using face wipes
  • Pencil in a monthly facial
  • Remove unwanted tattoos

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Exfoliate often

If exfoliating isn’t already part of your skincare routine, then it definitely should be in 2020. When you exfoliate, you are effectively removing dry and dead cells from the surface of your skin. This does not only help conquer many skin problems, but it also increases blood circulation and makes it easy to achieve healthy, glowing skin. As part of your skincare regime, we suggest limiting exfoliating to twice a week – this includes your body as well as your face. Although it is important to remove dead skin, over-exfoliating can strip away too many of your skin’s natural oils – which is why twice a week is ideal. If your skin’s pigmentation is not what you want it to be, exfoliating is a great way to encourage darker areas to fade and give you a more flawless complexion. Along with exfoliating, regular targeted facials in Buckingham will also help promote healthy skin reproductions and improve your pigmentation. It is important to remember to follow exfoliating with a good moisturiser, so your skin stays hydrated. Take a look at some of your favourite exfoliators and moistures we think you should try:

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Keep your brushes clean

There is no denying that keeping make up brushes clean is a much-neglected practice as it can be quite tedious and time-consuming if you have a lot. However, there are a whole host of reasons why cleaning your brushes regularly is a habit you need to get into. Makeup brushes are porous, which makes it easy for skin cells, oil, dirt, dust and even bacteria to build up between the bristles. Moreover, if you wait too long to clean your brushes, they will start to feel a lot harsher on your skin. This is because as brushes become clogged with product and debris, they lose their softness. So, not only will you be dragging a rough brush across your sensitive, clean skin, but you will also have more difficulty achieving a flawless blend when applying your make up. In terms of how often you should clean your brushes, dermatologists recommend at least every 7-10 days – especially ones you use the most such as foundation and concealer brushes. There are many methods and products you can use to clean your brushes, but if you want to keep things simple, follow these steps:

  • Rinse the tips of your brushes under warm running water to remove any lingering excess makeup
  • Then, fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of mild shampoo.
  • To remove the makeup, swirl the brushes around in the water. You may need to use your fingers to massage the product out, or you can lather up the brush tip and massaging it into the palm of your hand
  • Rinse the brush tip under running water
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the water runs clear, and the brush is visibly clear of build-up and debris
  • Gently squeeze out any excess moisture with a clean, dry towel
  • Ensure you give your brushes plenty of time to dry before you use them again

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Throw out old makeup

Beyond the blatant signs of expiration, such as dried mascara and crumbling eyeshadow, it can be difficult to determine when it’s time to throw your products away. Although makeup products do not come with an expiration date, they will typically have a Period After Opening (PAO) on the packaging. The symbol features the letter ‘M’ which stands for months and a number, which stands for the amount of months. For example, if one of your makeup products displays a PAO symbol of ‘6M,’ then it means you should stop using it six months after you first opened it. If you can’t find a PAO symbol on the packaging of your makeup, have a look at this Cosmopolitan article, which gives you an idea of how long each product should be used before throwing it away and buying a new one. However, if you do see a PAO symbol on any of your products, it is worthwhile using a permanent marker to write down the date you opened it on the outside of the packaging. If one of your New Years resolutions is to be more organized, you could even go as far to make a list in a notebook or use a spreadsheet to record the necessary dates.

Stop using face wipes

Although makeup wipes may seem like a godsend because they are quick and easy to use, perfect for travelling and they get the job done (to an extent), they can actually do more harm than good. After removing your make up with a wipe, your face may look free from product and feel fresh, they actually don’t come close to removing all your make up. The residual makeup that remains on your face after using a makeup wipe causes oil, grime and debris to clog up your pores. As a result, products like toners and exfoliators are prevented from properly penetrating the skin’s upper layers. So, if you are starting your skincare routine with a wipe, everything you do after is essentially pointless. Other negative effects of makeup wipes include:

  • Ageing – Makeup wipes are inherently harsh on your skin because of the amount of pressure required to remove product from your face, especially eye makeup such as mascara and eyeliner. Over time, the irritation and rubbing from the wipes can cause an increase in fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation – making your skin appear less youthful
  • Dehydration – A lot of brands use alcohol or methylated spirits in their makeup wipes, and these ingredients are extremely drying, stripping away your skin’s acid mantle. When this happens, your skin becomes dehydrated, making it itchy, tight and flaky.
  • Breakouts – Reactions to make up wipes depend on your skin type, and if you have sensitive skin, you are at a greater risk of an irritant reaction. The excess makeup left on your face that does not get removed by the wipe is likely to clog up your pores, resulting in a higher chance of breakouts.

removing makeup

Pencil in a monthly facial

As well as implementing the perfect skincare routine yourself at home, sometimes it is worth leaving it to the professionals to give yourself the ultimate spa-like experience. A facial is more than just a few cucumbers on your eyes and some moisturising cream on your face – a good facial will be able to deeply clean your pores that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Facials also typically include moisturizers, toners and a massage that will leave your skin looking younger and healthier. With our GeneO+ 4 in 1 super facial, you can effortlessly rejuvenate your skin and bring back its elasticity. Even if you have troublesome skin, this facial can help combat any problems you may have, such as uneven skin texture, large pores and pigmentation. Facials are not only great for your skin’s health and appearance, but they are also proven to reduce stress and relieve psychological distress. In a study published in The Journal of Biomedical Research, it was highlighted that a facial massage activates your sympathetic nervous system, which reduces your anxiety levels and uplifts your mood. As there are hundreds of pressure points on your face which are connected to various systems in your body, when they are massaged, your body responds to it. Ultimately, a good facial massage doesn’t just keep your skin glowing; it also affects the functioning of the other organs.

Remove unwanted tattoos

If you want to really start fresh for the new decade, now is the time to get rid of any unwanted tattoos. With laser tattoo removal more accessible than ever before, it’s easy to say goodbye to your unwanted ink and pretend that bad decision never happened. As we offer laser tattoo removal in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, we are experts in the procedure and are here to give you a breakdown of what to expect. With our laser tattoo removal treatment, a high-intensity light beam will be pressed onto the area of unwanted ink and break down the pigments into small fragments. The time taken to remove your tattoo will depend on a number of factors, such as the type and depth of ink the tattooist used, how heavy-handed they were, and how big the tattoo itself is. The amount of sessions you need could vary from anywhere between 5 and 15, but you will get a better idea of how many sessions you will need after your first couple of visits.

tattoo removal

Healthier and happier living in 2020

Filling your New Year’s resolution list with easy, good-for-you goals will help jumpstart your 2020 as a year of self-improvement and better living. It is important to have the perfect balance of beauty resolutions and general lifestyle goals, so take a look here for some inspiration and start creating the ultimate list of resolutions for the New Year.

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