It’s that time of year again…
Before you celebrate the clock striking twelve, and 2014 turning into 2015, it’s important to set your resolutions and goals for the new year. Taking the time to reflect on what you do and don’t want to bring into the new year will help you stay focused and organized right from the start. We’re giving you some tips and ideas below to help with your 2015 beauty and personal care regime, and what we think you should leave behind or bring with you into what we hope will be your best year yet!
Read on for Toppik’s beauty do’s and don’ts for a healthy and beautiful 2015…
There are some things you should always be doing, and some, when done on a regular basis, will drastically improve your beauty routine. These five “beauty do’s” are your chance to start fresh in 2015.
Repeat Some of Your Best Looks
Did you try out a new hairstyle? Use a unique hair accessory? Whatever you did, take a look through your photos and see what your hair looked like when you thought you looked your best. Don’t be afraid to repeat this look. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
Try Something New Once a Month
We’re most excited about this beauty do! It’s always fun to change things up, and allowing yourself to try one new thing each month is the perfect excuse. Our list of new things to try in 2015 includes going green, bronzer contouring, a bold lip color, and trying out new eye creams.
Take Care of Your Hair
Make your hair a priority, and you’ll see the difference. Getting regular trims will keep your hair healthy and strong, and prevent any damage from accumulating. Combine this good habit with a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment once a week, and your hair is sure to be silky and smooth all year long.
Make sure you get a hair mask or treatment that works with you hair type; if you have thin or thinning hair, a heavy mask with lots of oils or conditioning agents can weigh thin hair down.
It’s also important to let your hair dry naturally whenever you can, as hair dryers and straightening tools can damage hair, making it dry or brittle. If you’re ready to help your hair from the inside out, a hair and nails vitamin is a great way to get extra nourishment to the hair shaft.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
This one sounds obvious, but it’s one of the most important. Sleepless nights can cause major damage to your health and appearance, so you want to make sure you’re getting your full eight hours. A good way to start this habit is by setting a time for yourself that you need to be in bed by, and holding yourself accountable. It’s even a good idea to set a timer for added help! You may even try one of the new trendy apps that helps you track your sleep.
Drink Lots of Water
Another “beauty do” that everyone already knows to practice, but few actually follow: Drinking lots of water is not only vital, it’s great for glowing skin and can help with weight loss. Buy a large water bottle so you’re never without water and you don’t have to refill as often. If you don’t like the taste, buy water flavor enhancers that will make it easier for you to drink a lot during the day.
Here are some things you should never be doing, but in case you are, make 2015 the year you kick these habits to the curb once and for all.
Don’t Buy a Moisturizer Without SPF
No matter your age, your moisturizer should always contain SPF 30 or higher. This preventative step will keep you looking young and block harmful UV rays that can cause damage to the skin. If you’re trying to prevent wrinkles, or stop more from appearing, this is the first step. Always check the label to see what the ingredients are in your moisturizer.
Monitor Your Alcohol Intake
We all get a little wild sometimes, just make sure it isn’t every weekend. Drinking alcohol slows down your metabolism, so you’re more likely to gain and keep the weight. It can also cause damage to almost every organ in your body, including your heart and liver, so just remember: everything in moderation.
Skip the Tanning Bed
If you’re still going to the tanning salon, 2015 needs to be the year to stop. Tanning beds pose serious health risks, including premature skin aging, immune suppression, and eye damage. If you’re going to fake a tan, use a spray instead of a tanning bed. In this day and age, there’s no reason to subject yourself to the harm of a tanning bed.
Be Careful When Coloring Your Hair
You want your hair color to look natural, not like the colors of the rainbow. Have your hairdresser match your hair color with your skin tone, which will help prevent your hair color from changing too drastically in between appointments to the salon and ensure your hair color always complements your skin tone. Remember that your natural hair color is the shade range that you should stay within, and that the right shade will enhance your face and hair texture without being too overpowering.
Embrace What Makes You Unique!
This is an easy one, but if you’re constantly looking at others and thinking you want what they have, you’re always going to come up short. Maybe you don’t have gorgeous long hair or get to travel as often as someone you know does, but you have qualities and opportunities that shouldn’t get overlooked. Cheers to you in 2015!
Men’s Personal Care
Women aren’t the only ones who should be making beauty resolutions – men need to make sure they take care of themselves in the new year as well.
Use A Moisturizer
Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers are not just for women. There are moisturizers specifically formulated for men that can help with anything from razor burn to dry, sensitive skin. A moisturizer helps balance and nourish skin, and every man can benefit from using it.
Wash Your Face
You might think that washing your face with water is good enough, but your skin deserves more T.L.C than that. Simply splashing your face with water won’t remove bacteria, dirt and other buildup, so it’s important to use a face wash cleanser specifically designed to do this. Be sure to make this a 2015 resolution.
Treat your hair right by nourishing and protecting it. Look for a conditioner that’s going to make your hair stronger and healthier-looking, without drying it out. You don’t have to use this product all the time, but twice a week will prevent hair from breaking and splitting.
Whiten Your Teeth
This is often overlooked, but should be an important addition to your weekly or monthly routine. Most over-the-counter teeth whiteners will work great, and provide lasting results when used as directed. Your teeth are often one of the first things noticed by others, so you want to make sure you’re taking good care of them. It’s the little things that end up making a big difference.
Tips for Staying on Track
It’s not always easy to stick to your resolutions, but there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself on track.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is make time to rejuvenate and track your progress and goals. Being able to think clearly and focus on yourself, whether it’s for a few minutes each day or a few hours each week, will help you figure out what you need and how to better get to that point. A journal is a great way to help you remember where you are and to help you stay motivated.
Another great way to stick to your resolutions is to get a friend involved. This is especially helpful if you’re trying something new, shopping, or need help monitoring what you’re eating or drinking. Keeping track of a goal with someone else holds you both accountable, and the reward is usually more fun! Agree to a special splurge once you both hit your goals as a way to celebrate and help keep your eyes on the prize!
Are you trying any of these beauty resolutions next year? Tell us in the comments section below what you’re most excited to accomplish in 2015!
Stay In the Know
Now that you know our 2015 beauty resolutions, next week we’re kicking off the new year with a post on men’s hair loss and the options available to them.