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Top 7 Beauty Resolutions

By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy

Top 7 Beauty Resolutions

Resolved: You’re going to show off your most beautiful skin and gleaming hair in 2012. And you don’t need to overhaul your entire beauty regimen or invest in a ton of new products to achieve this. Just launch the new year with these seven simple steps.

1. Make sure your daily skin-care regimen includes the three essentials: a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher; an antioxidant serum or lotion with ingredients like vitamin C or green tea; and a wrinkle-reducing retinol cream or gel. “The antioxidant and sunscreen will defend and protect your skin during the day,” says dermatologist Linda K. Franks, “and the nighttime retinol will switch your skin to the offensive mode, producing new cells and collagen to keep your complexion looking young.”

2. Cleanse your skin every single night — late Saturday nights and stressful weeknights included. Going to sleep with the day’s accumulation of grime, dead skin cells and makeup clogging your pores can lead to the growth of acne bacteria and “those nasty big red craters,” says Adam Friedman, a director of dermatologic research.

3. Practice good skin hygiene. If you find yourself breaking out on the side of your face where you hold your cell phone, switch to an earpiece or clean your phone with an oil-free wipe once a day to make sure you’re not transferring grime to your skin. Plus, be mindful of not touching your skin when you’re eating greasy food. “It may not be the oils you’re ingesting that are causing breakouts,” says dermatologist Jody Levine, “but the oils that you’re introducing to the surface of your skin with your fingertips.”

4. Choose products that are the perfect match for your skin and hair. Beauty and hair-care companies now offer lines that are formulated specially for specific skin and hair types. Take advantage of these. The acne wash that has helped clear up your best friend’s breakouts may leave you flaky if your own skin tends to dry out easily. Likewise, the ingredients that help keep medium or thick hair frizz-free can weigh down finer locks. The right hair products will not only make styling easier, but also help protect your hair against damage, such as split ends or color fading, says Jeni Thomas, a research scientist on hair and scalp health for Pantene.

5. Baby your tresses. Use a wide-tooth comb to get the tangles out of wet hair. Cut down on the brushing; those mythical 100 strokes a night can actually lead to breakage and split ends. If you wear your hair in a ponytail, use seamless elastics and ease — don’t rip — the elastic out when you take your pony down.

6. Cool it with hot styling tools. Switch to a lower setting when you use flat irons, curling irons and hair-dryers. “Some high settings can exceed the boiling point of water,” says Thomas, “and may be far hotter than you need to achieve your style.” If your hair is looking scorched, consider moisturizing versions of your favorite shampoo and conditioner.

7. Dye your hair, without killing it. If you color your hair, choose a shampoo and a conditioner that are designed especially to restore the health of chemically treated hair.


Shelley Levitt has contributed to a variety of women’s lifestyle publications.




66 thoughts on “TOP 7 BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

  1. I’m guilty of not following most of these beauty tips, but beginning today, I’ll be kinder to my skin and my hair by following these top 7 beauty resolutions. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I definitely agree on you on this “Choose products that are the perfect match for your skin and hair.” Great tips! 🙂

  3. Great tips. Taking care of our body is really important as it reflects of who we are and what we do.

  4. nice tip and yes i agree that we should not compromise ourselves and stay beautiful as ever.

  5. my number one resolution is to always maintain the three rituals: cleanse-tone-moisturize (sunscreen for the day).. 🙂

  6. Great tips! Actually, skin care is just as simple as cleanse, tone and moisturize and lots of sunblock. For the hair, it can be quite tricky especially for me because I’m too lazy to go to the salon for treatments.

  7. I agree with all your beauty tips ! we all should take care of ourselves well if we want to look good and forever 21 hahaha!

  8. Great beauty tips. I don’t have any beauty resolutions but I guess I’m vain enough to not neglect myself. LOL.

  9. Very simple yet very helpful. My head is shaved but I can definitely get my wife to read this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. These are really good beauty tips. Among these, I don’t usually do #5 and #6. There are nights too when i’m just so lazy to wash off my make-up. But I’ll be pushing myself to always follow my beauty regimen. I don’t want my skin to suffer.

  11. Yeah, indeed those are nice tips, but I guess for me, us guys prefer simple girls, heavy makeup will do.. 😀

  12. Great tips here. No wonder you always look lovely from head to foot. I always dye my hair but I use product without ammonia of course.

  13. Thanks for the tips!!! Exactly what I need right now because of too much skin breakouts 🙁

  14. Thanks for the tips 😉 I’m not so kikay but I do want to keep my hair and face nice kahit papano 🙂

  15. Dye your hair without killing it. Can you furnish us with some Shampoo brands good with dyed hair.

  16. Great tips sis! I follow these as well except for the hot tools part (since I don’t use hair styling tools). Just an addition, water is great to make the skin hydrated!

  17. These are awesome beauty resolutions! Though we’re on the second quarter of the year, it’s never too late to start something good. 🙂

  18. Dye my hair, without killing it. Agree to that, my hair suffered a lot of too much hair color when I am still into dancing way back college years.

  19. Are these your personal resolutions? Well, I have one since I began to wear contact lenses: always wash my hands (more regularly this time).

    1. hehe most of them and some that I needed to do soon! im pretty lazy this are good resolutions xx

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