If you’re considering New Year’s resolutions, why not make 2018 the year you up your beauty game? From finally finding your perfect foundation match to trying the hottest new skincare trends, consider these the ultimate rules to stick to...
1. Find The Right Foundation
If you’re still on the hunt for the right foundation – one that melts seamlessly into your skin without any tell-tale jawline marks and renders your complexion flawless – you’re in luck. The last 12 months have been a banner for beauty diversity, as brands followed Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty suit to offer products catering to different skin tones and hues. In fact Pinterest searches for “make-up for all complexions” have soared by a whopping 378% this year. Want in? Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Longwear Foundation, is available in an impressive 40 shades (the dark shades are consistently sold out, proof of its prowess) while Lancôme’s legendary Teint Idole Ultra 24H now comes in 40 shades, too. Finding your perfect match need no longer be a tricky feat.
2. Get To Grips With Adult Acne
According to a recent study, cases of acne are on the rise among women in their late 30s and beyond, with a 200% increase in those seeking help for the condition. While research suggests it’s all down to hormones (post-childbirth and pre-menopause acne is surprisingly common), new developments mean those suffering from blemishes and fine lines can tackle both head on. Take, for example, retinol, which has been proven to deal with both complexion woes, or SkinCeuticals’ bestselling Blemish + Age Defence range. Also seek out laser or light therapy treatments, now a mainstay on the skincare scene thanks to their ability to heal the skin at a deep level; Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is an impressive at-home solution.
3. Get More Beauty Sleep
Beauty sleep really is the key to your skin’s health and it’s never been cooler to hit snooze, with high flyers busting myths about sleep and success – the likes of Arianna Huffington and even the Dalai Lama have spoken out about their need for a good eight hours. Remember, as you sleep, your body repairs itself, so make an effort to make a good night’s sleep a priority. Watching your waistline? An increasing amount of research also shows clocking in for less than seven hours on a regular basis can negatively affect metabolism and result in a constant feeling of hunger.
Just be sure to wash your face before you hit the pillow – even the slightest residue on the skin can trap free radicals and bacteria, causing premature fine lines, discolouration and acne. Double cleanse with a micellar water and cleansing oil for the best results.
4. Embrace Acid
Still using a granular exfoliator? It’s time to switch up your skincare regime. Acid-based products may sound scary, but they work on a deeper level than manual exfoliants. They clean deep within the pore, have an anti-bacterial effect and some even boost hydration, collagen production and cell turnover. In short, they’re a sure-fire route to a more glowing, brighter complexion and they’re even suitable for sensitive skin. Acids like lactic and glycolic are great for exfoliating (try Pixi’s cult Glow Tonic), while salicylic acid can help to boost cell turnover and reduce inflammation in one fell swoop.
5. Tackle Urban Grime
With recent research suggesting those living in an urban environment age 10% faster than their country-living counterparts and with air pollution in London at a record high, it’s never been timelier to tackle urban grime. Pollution has been shown to increase harmful free radicals in the air which, in turn, decrease the skin’s production of collagen and damages DNA. If that wasn’t enough, pollution particles are smaller than our pores, meaning they can easily infiltrate and cause all sorts of damage. While anti-pollution products – think serums and cleansers – will safeguard against the smog, make like the pros and cleanse the minute you get home. As Facialist Lisa Franklin explains, “If you get home at six but don’t take your make-up off until you go to bed at 11, that’s five more hours of grime on your face.” We hear you.
6. Try Korean Skincare
From packaging, ingredients and techniques, to inventing completely new beauty categories, South Korean beauty is a hive of innovation. In fact, so advanced is South Korea’s beauty industry, its product development is said to be seven years ahead of the rest of the world. Korean women are famed for their ritualistic 12-step daily skincare regime and Korea is the nation responsible for BB and CC creams as well as the ubiquitous sheet mask and celebrity-loved snail facials. While Korean beauty products were only recently hard to track down, a new wave of UK-based websites offering covetable brands such as Tony Moly and Caolion has arrived. Log on to Buttermilk Skincare and Beauty & Seoul UK to up your 2018 skincare game. Keep an eye out for bar soaps, blemish patches and diamond-based products – you heard it here first.
7. Get Rolling
From ice and derma, to jade and quartz, facial rollers are a beloved beauty tool and one to embrace in 2018. Helping to stimulate lymphatic drainage while massaging the skin and underlying muscles of your face, neck and eye area, a roller is the perfect way to supplement your daily skincare ritual. Use daily from forehead to décolleté and you’ll immediately see a difference in the texture, tone and clarity of your complexion, while over time, fine lines will be plumped and dark circles diminished. Our top tip? Store in the fridge for boosted results.