January is often a month of promises—some you keep, most you break, but that's because not all resolutions are created equal. These beauty resolutions are just small adjustments to a routine you're probably already practicing, and they'll have profound effects on your health and wellbeing.
Below, six resolutions to make to your beauty routine in 2017 that you’ll actually want (and be able) to keep. Say aloha to not a new, but improved, you.
1. TAKE YOUR MAKEUP OFF EVERY NIGHT
Though by now we all know the importance of washing your face before bed, it's always tempting to skip this step. However, the negative impacts of not doing it are not worth the 5 minutes of extra sleep you'll get. A good face cleanser will not only take off makeup, but also acne-causing and skin-damaging bacteria. Let your skin breathe at bedtime.
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2. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
You may be hoping to shed a lot of things this year—weight, negativity, clutter—so add dead skin to that list. Contrary to what you may think, exfoliating your face and body should happen once or twice a week. Exfoliating unclogs pores, prevents blackheads, reduces the appearance of cellulite and promotes cell renewal.
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3. USE PRODUCTS CONSISTENTLY
While it's fun to try new products (and it seems there's a new one out every second!), remember that you aren't going to see results immediately. It's important to give products some time to work properly—sometimes up to six weeks.
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4. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Just like you've vowed to drink more water, give your skin some extra hydration as well. Especially in the winter months (even Hawaii's 65-degree winters!), our skin needs more moisture. Whether you have dry, oily or sensitive skin, be sure to properly moisturize your face, body and hair.
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5. REMEMBER, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Adding in antioxidant-rich foods helps fight wrinkles, healthy fats are hydrating, and adaptogens save your skin by helping balance stress (which often causes breakouts, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines). Whatever your diet, make sure you're getting a daily dose of nutrients.
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6. GET MORE ZZZ'S
Getting more sleep is probably already on your list of resolutions as it's essential for your sanity! However, it's also a necessary part of your skin's overall wellbeing. Aside from minimizing those dreaded under eye circles, more shut-eye also gives your skin more time to regenerate.
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