Au Naturale Eye Essentials Kit

C & G Resolutions

I don't particularly care for New Year's Resolutions.  Quite frankly, I believe in living each day one day at a time.  Each day is a fresh start and there is no time like the present to make a change. Whether it is to work out more or create more art, I believe you should just make that change rather than waiting for a certain day on the calendar.

That said, there is no reason you cannot make some simple resolutions when it comes to skin care and makeup!

Some beauty & skin care resolutions you can make:

*Resolve to wash your face each and every night. No exceptions! Dermatologists recommend removing makeup each night for several reasons.  First of all, if you do not remove your makeup, your pores will not have a chance to "breathe".  Your pores will become clogged with the ingredients in your makeup, no matter how natural it may be.  The sebum will become trapped in your pores and you're risking a breakout.  Leaving on eye makeup can cause other issues, such as redness, irritation, and even infection.

Environmental contaminants also lurk on the skin, so a gentle cleansing is in order. 

You also may begin to look older if you do not remove your makeup at night.  Why?  Your skin cells regenerate at night at a faster rate than daytime.  If your skin cannot breathe because of makeup left behind, the cell regeneration process won't be effective, making your skin look older over time

* Resolve to try a new lip color!  As much as I love Captivate by Silk Naturals, I tend to wear it almost all the time. When I was not paying attention to ingredients years back, the staple shades for me were Estee Lauder Divine Wine and MAC Spite. I tend to have "comfort colors".  Those are the equivalent of dark bootcut jeans and a black sweater for me -- my go to outfit many days. So be adventurous! The other day I wore a red called Bombshell from Silk Naturals.  Even if it is just on the weekend, promise yourself you'll try a new shade.

*Resolve to exfoliate. Exfoliation is one of the most overlooked steps in one's skin care regimen. It is a must do, though. Exfoliation need not be painful or harsh. As an aesthetician, I have seen the negative results of harsh chemical peels, prescription skin care creams, and microdermabrasion. I firmly believe that a natural approach to exfoliation is best. 

Everyone needs to slough off dead skin cells. Without doing so, skin becomes thickened, uneven, and will lose its radiance. You should exfoliate between 1-3 times per week. Using a gentle scrub, you will be able to remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant and even tone. Skin will appear more youthful and brighter.

*Resolve to use sunscreen, even on cloudy days. 

Natural sunscreens generally are more costly than drugstore chemical-filled and potentially harmful sunscreens. This is true.

What is so important to remember, though, is that a good sunscreen is going to be your best anti-aging product. Since much of aging can be attributed to UV damage, sunscreen is imperative.

Most people will not hesitate to spend quite a bit of money on a night cream or serum or on a handbag or shoes. In fact, I know of people who will spend $250 on a handbag, but do not want to spend the money on an effective natural sunscreen.

Think of it this way: you only have one skin. It should only make sense that you take care of it. Sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer AND help prevent the signs of aging. Not many products can say that!

The following brands offer high-quality natural sunscreens: Badger, EcoLogical, L'Bri, Soleo, and Raw Elements.

*Resolve to green your routine. I know it can be hard to eliminate harmful products "cold turkey". Take small steps.  Use up what you have right now in your vanity and then when it is time to replace products, choose more natural alternatives. Every time you replace a natural product for a harmful one, you are doing yourself a healthy favor!

*Resolve to eliminate artificial fragrance once and for all! If you choose to eliminate only one ingredient, make it synthetic fragrance. Read here to find out why.