Beauty Resolutions for Any Year

Here are a few New Year's resolutions that will improve the health of your hair & skin — plus they're easy to keep all year long!

I've never been one for making keeping resolutions. Every couple of years I think of a few things I want to do differently in the new year (last year: work on our house more and cook two new meals a week), but they're never resolutions I keep all year. Let's be honest: who really keeps their resolutions? This year I've come up with a few beauty resolutions for you (and for myself). These are things that shouldn't be too difficult to keep, but they will make a difference in your hair & skin health that you will notice and thank me for!

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Switch to sulfate-free shampoo

You've heard me say it before, and you'll hear me say it again. Sulfates are harsh and strip your hair of healthy oils (and that gorgeous color). Switch to sulfate free and your hair & scalp will thank you for it!

Related: One easy step to healthier hair

Wash your hair less

Every other day or every two days is best! Washing too much dries out your hair & scalp. I know, I know, your hair gets so greasy that you have to wash it every day. Just trust me on this. Get yourself some dry shampoo to hold you over, and wash your hair every other day!

Related: On not washing your hair & How to use Dry Shampoo

Wash your face more

Now, don't misunderstand: it's possible to dry your face out too much, too, so don't go crazy with the face washing. Just make sure you wash it every night to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, and every morning to remove the toxins and bacteria your skin has been purging overnight. Don't ever go to sleep with all of your makeup on! And here's a hint: facial cleansing wipes don't count. Sure, once or twice a week if you're feeling lazy, but no more than that: they surface-clean, but they can't lift the dirt & oil out of your pores.

Clean your makeup brushes... least every other week (though once a week is best). It sounds like a pain, but once you see all of the makeup that comes out of them, you'll realize why it's necessary! If you feel like you do everything right - wash your face every day, use good products on your face, etc. - and your skin still isn't quite as clear as you feel like it should be, your brushes may be to blame. They trap bacteria, which can build up & grow the longer you go without cleaning your brushes, and then you put that bacteria right back on your face next time you use your brushes. Gross! My favorite brush cleaner is Parian Spirit. I love it, and it smells amazing. Clean your brushes!

Related: Brush Cleaning 101

Try something new

This is the fun one: once a week -- or once every two weeks, or once a month, it doesn't really matter -- try something new. Wear a bold lipstick, or contour your face, or throw on some falsies, or fill in your eyebrows, anything that you don't do regularly. Try something new, don't be afraid or embarrassed, and watch the transformation! You'll be glad you did.

Related: How to try new things

Five beauty resolutions. That's not too hard, right? Just stick them in with the rest of your resolutions for better eating and more exercise. I hope this year shows you amazing new things?

What are your beauty resolutions? How good are you at keeping them?

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