Originally started in the UK, Veganuary encourages everyone to go vegan for the month of January and to really look at all the vegan options available today, not just for food but also skincare.
Some people may choose to follow Veganism strictly, others may be more ‘part-time’ and some may never have even considered it. But with a New Year comes new thoughts and new resolutions and there has never been a better time to switch your skincare to vegan products.
So, if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to obtain smoother, clearer and more youthful looking skin then read on for our tips on kicking your skincare goals for this year.
If you’re suffering from oily or dry skin, combination or sensitive skin there are often some basic routines we forget about or don’t really consider that could seriously help your skin.
1. Avoid touching your face.
The skin oils on your fingers can transfer dirt to your pores – you got it – pimples! Plus, there has never been a better time for us all to try and avoid touching our faces as it is drummed into us regularly by the Covid experts that this is one sure way of transmitting the virus.
2. Drink more water.
I am very guilty of not drinking enough water and this is definitely a New Year’s resolution for me! It is essential for flushing out toxins from your system and keeping your skin properly hydrated.
3. A healthy, well balanced diet.
We know that dairy, sugar, coffee, alcohol and red meat can contribute to clogged pores. (See previous post of our nutrition suggestions)
4. De-stress with exercise.
Exercise, whether it’s a work-out or yoga or a dog walk, these all help relieve stress which has a huge effect on our skin.
5. Give Your skin a break from makeup.
We can apply so many products to our skin that it barely has time to breathe sometimes. Consider going through your make up bag and make a conscious decision to only buy toxic free make up that is cruelty free and ideally vegan friendly as well.
6. Have clean skin before working out.
Remove any make up if you know you’ll be working out as make-up mixing with sweat can easily clog your pores resulting in unwanted pimples and obviously cleanse after working out too to clean the sweat from your skin.
7. Change bedlinen regularly.
Not only does the oil from our skin absorb into our bedlinen but also we shed dead skin cells which collect on our sheets and pillowcases. These, in turn, can transfer back onto our skin and yet again, the impurities will clog pores resulting in unwanted break outs.
8. Love plants!
We know plants are incredibly beneficial in our diet and our skincare but they are also important to have around your home as they help reduce pollutants in the air. There are many household plants that are recommended for their air purifying and detoxifying properties – one of our favourites being Aloe Vera.
9. Detox! You can do it!
I’m not just talking about your diet – although we all know this really kick starts our metabolism and is great for cleansing those toxins out of your body. We also suggest detoxing your home. Really look through your cupboards and clear out those harmful chemical products lurking in the laundry and under the sink! Household cleaning products and laundry products are often packed with chemicals that can affect our skin and there are so many eco-friendly alternatives now available that work incredibly well. Let’s also make a New Year’s resolution to help our planet and keep our waterways clean instead of flushing harmful chemicals into them.
10. Treat yourself / Self care.
Don’t feel guilty about spending time on yourself or pampering your skin. If there’s one thing we have all learnt from 2020, it is that we all need to make time for a little self care and wellness. Make time once a week to nourish your skin, give yourself time out to relax, burn your favourite soy candle and fill your home with the scents of natural essential oils using a diffuser.
No matter what your skin type, don’t just moisturise – you also need to hydrate. They are different! Both oily and dry skin types need moisturising as I have written about in previous blog posts (see previous post). Using natural oil based products help balance out your skin’s natural oils.
Don’t over exfoliate – (see previous post on exfoliation) a couple of times a week, no more.
Use a moisturiser that does more. Whether you prefer a cream or an oil, look for natural ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba, or avocado oil that are also rich in antioxidants.
Use a serum that will help revive your skin. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, essential oils and antioxidants that can firm, tighten and plump your skin.
Use a toner that soothes and balances your skin.
So, there's no time like the present to start putting those New Year resolutions into practice!
Happy New Year!