My Beauty Resolutions For 2013
Hi my lovelies, how is the new year treating you so far? I’m still in holiday mode but most folks go back to work proper today. I’ve been beaching and running quite a lot — which means I’m darker than I was in September (FOTD here), so I’m thinking of getting a darker foundation and powder. Expect a report on that soon!
And thank you for all your nice comments on my last video, My Top 10 Japanese Beauty Products In 2012, and am keen as beans to film more.
Let’s get on with today’s topic, shall we? I’ve never done a new year resolutions post on the blog so it’s time I do as I have some that I am determined to keep in 2013…
#1 Wash hair less frequently
I said that I was fixed in my daily washing habit before but I have discovered a way around not cleaning my hair for 2-3 days — dry shampoo. Since I have very long hair, I don’t want to dry it out by frequent washing and I’m plagued by the possibility of having straw-like hair in middle age. To prevent that from happening sooner than necessary, I use Skinny Skinny and Batiste to keep the oilies away from my scalp. My ends don’t get greasy so I actually feel quite comfortable washing my hair every other day or even less.
#2 Consume less sugar
I have been cutting down on my sugar intake since last September but I want to do better in 2013. I stopped eating banana, grapes, mango, pineapple, melon of any kind, granola, muesli, and sweetened soy milk. I’ve also tried to avoid Thai food because a lot of sugar is put in Thai dishes which is sad for me as I love the taste of Thai cuisine. But I have been indulging in ice-cream and cake almost on a daily basis during my holiday. My only consolation is that I’m still consuming less sugar than before the time I gorged on sweet fruit based breakfasts every single day.
After 3.5 months of being “sugar conscious”, my skin has actually stabilized even more in terms of breakouts. My hormonal breakouts were also mild and I’m very sure eating less sugar has something to do with it because sugar affects your hormones. You should give this a go if you are at your wit’s end about acne. Oh and try drinking apple cider vinegar, too.
#3 Stop buying poor quality products
I love shopping at drugstores and have a weakness for hoarding cheap bargains, but I really want to stop this because it’s such a waste of money, especially if I add up all the duds in a shopping bag. I would probably be able to buy one or two high-end quality products with that money thrown down the bin. I also saw a huge improvement in my body skin in 2012 when I stuck to additive-free (i.e. free from artificial fragrance, parabens, sulphates, etc.) body soap and lotions. They are more expensive but I’m convinced more than ever than I would rather regularly splurge on high-end bodycare than deal with irritating chronic skin conditions.
#4 Pick up dry skin brushing more often
Gosh, I really neglected my own advice partly because it became inconvenient and my skin didn’t face as many issues as before. I would usually workout before I shower so my skin would be damp and I would skip body brushing altogether. But I think I should brush my skin before my workout because I think this habit would help with cellulite and maintain skin health.
#5 Rotate my makeup more frequently
This one is not something new but I have become very slack. I have a special tray in my bathroom where I put a bunch of makeup — if it is in front of me, I will use it. However, the items in this tray have not changed for the last two months. I would like to up the rotation to once a week, so I’ve decided I should spare 5 minutes on Sunday evenings to change out the products in this tray to spread the love around my collection.
#6 Be more positive
This probably wasn’t that obvious on the blog but I was a negative Nancy for a lot of 2012. My insecurities came out in full force due to some personal challenges but I had the chance to do some reflection year-end and I’m determined to be more conscious of letting toxic thoughts overtaking my mind and emotions. It’s not directly related to beauty per se but I think positivity keeps stress levels at bay, and in turn, your skin suffers less, no?
What are your resolutions, beauty and non-beauty wise, for 2013, dear readers?
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