I don’t know about you, but I love setting goals and resolutions every year. It helps me envision a better year ahead! I’m bringing in the new year with my top 4 skincare resolutions for happier, healthier skin. Although many grand resolutions can be daunting to fulfil, these are all simple and achievable.
Thank you to Andalou Naturals, the #1 best-selling natural skincare brand, for sponsoring this post. Andalou Naturals is also cruelty-free as well as the first beauty brand to be 100% non-GMO project verified.
On to the resolutions…
01. Going cruelty-free with ALL your skincare.
Of course, the first and most important skincare resolution is to switch to cruelty-free products. Animal testing is completely unnecessary, and there’s no good reason to support it in 2018 (or ever).
Many of the most popular skincare brands like Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena and Simple are not cruelty-free. But there are ethical brands out there that offer the skincare products you need for your exact specific skin type and budget, so let’s keep voting with our money by supporting these brands instead.
02. Sticking to a skincare routine that’s appropriate for your skin type.
No matter how amazing a product is, if it isn’t right for your skin type, it could do more harm than good. Second only to going cruelty-free, I can’t think of a more important skincare resolution.
Great skincare brands like Andalou Naturals offer lines for every skin type, which makes skincare shopping so much easier. They offer an “Age Defying” line for dry and very dry skin with fine lines and wrinkles, a “Brightening” line for normal and combination skin which targets sun damage and hyperpigmentation, a “Clear Skin” line for oily and active skin with congested pores, and a “Quenching” line for parched and depleted skin in need of an extra boost of firmness.
Since I have sensitive skin, I’ve been trying out their “1000 Roses” line for sensitive skin, which is specially designed to soothe easily irritated, delicate and dry skin.
I found all the products in that line to be extremely gentle and moisturizing, and nothing caused any breakouts or irritations. The Rosewater Mask ($14.95) may be my new favorite hydrating mask, as it left my skin super soft after just one use. Other standouts for me were the CC Color + Correct ($19.95), which has added SPF, and the Moroccan Oil ($19.95).
The rose scent is present without being overpowering and is derived from natural, non-irritating ingredients. The packaging is a gorgeous shade of pink, perfect for displaying on your vanity. Plus, none of the products contain any synthetic colors or dyes.
03. Switching to products that don’t contain potentially harmful chemicals.
When it comes to skincare, especially for products that absorb into the skin, I try to go for natural brands that don’t use nasty preservatives or harmful chemicals.
The main ingredients I typically avoid in skincare are parabens, phthalates, and chemical sunscreens. Methylparaben for example has a harmful effect when exposed to sunlight among other health concerns. Phtalates are added to fragrance and are often undisclosed on labels, but they’re endocrine disruptors and quite unnecessary. For sunscreen, I go for physical sunscreens over chemical ones as they’re just as effective without any potential adverse effects.
Andalou Naturals uses nature-derived ingredients which are also organic, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, and non-GMO verified. Their products do not contain artificial fragrances or colors. As an added bonus, their ingredients are also sustainably sourced and fair trade.
04. Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis (even on overcast days).
While it is so easy to forget sunscreen especially on cloudy days, wearing a moisturizer, primer or foundation rated SPF 30 or higher is absolutely essential to protect your skin from the invisible radiation of the sun. This will not only keep skin looking healthier and younger, but will also help prevent damage and skin cancers.
While more easily detectable UVB (ultraviolet B) rays that cause sunburn are only present late morning and early afternoon, UVA (ultraviolet A) rays are present all day long regardless of cloud cover. A suncare product with SPF of 30 or higher will shield skin from 97% of the UVB rays, but the product must be labelled “broad-spectrum” for protection from both UVB and UVA rays.
Andalou Naturals offers lots of great suncare options, including their BB and CC creams and daily facial lotions, all of which have an SPF of 30 and broad-spectrum protection.
Where To Buy
If you’re interested in trying out some of the awesome products from Andalou Naturals, they can be found online at Andalou.com, Amazon, Ulta, Pharmaca, iHerb, Target, Walgreens and CVS or in person at Whole Foods and Sprouts.
Enter the giveaway below to win the entire 1000 Roses skincare line from Andalou Naturals. To win, you must first comment on this post and share one of your new year’s resolutions with us. Second, you must visit and like Andalou Naturals on Facebook. There are other extra options as well for bonus entries.
Open to USA & Canda. The winner will be announced on February 3rd.
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