Our locks play a huge role in our overall persona — that's mainly why it's called our crowning glory. One chop can turn around your entire look from sweet and preppy to chic and edgy, and changing the colour is a different discussion altogether. But hey, experimenting with your hair is a fun experience. The fact that it grows back even allows more room for potential beauty do-overs. So if you're thinking of taking the leap of trying out fresher hairstyles for the new year, we've got some hair inspiration from the Community that you might want to check out.
Self-care is the best care
We get so wrapped up in our lives and the lives of people around us that we often forget that it’s impossible to pour from an empty cup. Be a little more conscious of your own needs this year and embrace the joys of self-care to keep the good energy flowing.
Whether it’s a sweet treat after a hard day’s work or a dedicated skincare routine to keep up appearances, putting yourself first and feeling good is the first step to spreading all kinds of good vibes. Self-investment is always worthwhile as you’ll see improvements in personal satisfaction, appearance and happiness.
Our mothers always told us to drink more water as children but did we always listen? Maybe not. As adults, sufficient hydration is even more important due to climate change, pollution, and stress that can adversely affect your health in many ways. Load up on that H2O to set yourself up for consistent detox, better skin, and a sunnier disposition.
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Exercise is known to give you some major happy hormones and a five-minute workout every day is better than five minutes scrolling through social media. Pick up some home workout tips and use whatever is at your disposal or get yourself on an app that can help you reset your body and up your fitness game for 2019.
Indulge in some fiction
Diving into a made-up world can seem a little childish but it can also take you away from whatever is stressing you out at the moment and spark the creative juices in your right brain. You might just find yourself wanting to escape into a faraway land, even for a little while, once you’re hooked on a good book.
Eat in peace
Some people find it difficult to eat alone but we think that it’s healthy to have some alone time with food. You’ll get the chance to savour the meal and really think about what you’re putting into your body without the pressures of keeping up a conversation during the meal.
Get more sleep
Sleep is one of those things we always talk about not getting enough of, but do we really need to be scrolling Instagram feeds at 2AM? Set yourself a sleep timer and strive for eight hours of sleep every night. Your physical and mental well-being will thank you for it.
Leave those outdated routines behind
With brands popping up like daisies in spring, an endless array of new products on the shelves, and trends spreading like wildfire over social media, the skincare rage has no intention of slowing down. But we're moving on from the trends of the past year. Here are the ones to keep your eyes peeled for in 2019.
Sounds scary? Let us explain. Polyhydroxy acids or PHA are a third-generation peeling ingredient in skincare that is just as effective as AHAs and BHAs. While the molecules in PHAs are larger, which limits how deeply they penetrate the skin, they are less irritating while they smooth and improve skin tone. If AHAs or BHAs are too harsh for you, perhaps this could be your solution to a gentler peel.
2019 seems to be a year of out with the old and in with the new, and that includes the dead skin on your face. Liquid exfoliators have been on the rise lately, as physical exfoliators that contain beads or crushed up grains fall out of favour due to environmental concerns and their more abrasive nature. Want smooth, glowing skin? Here's a quick guide on what ingredients to look for.
Having lived in the shadows for so long even though an effective ingredient in toners and astringents, witch hazel is finally getting the credit it deserves. Those with redness and inflammation will love this product as it can really work magic on your skin. Be sure to purchase one that does not contain alcohol to avoid drying out your skin.
As the name suggests, skip-care is the antithesis of the famed 10-step Korean beauty routine. It’s a more minimalist approach but certainly effective because the regimen is highly personalised. The products are also becoming more integrated, with one able to do the job of two other products, which ultimately also reduces waste from the packaging used.
You may have seen products that are touted as ‘anti-pollution’ but weren’t sure what that really meant. People are becoming more aware of the pollution around us and the effects it has on our skin, such as an increase in pigmentation, redness and wrinkles. Fortunately, with these products on the rise, we would be able to ward off the harmful effects and fuel our cells to repair the damage done.
While people are becoming hyper-aware of what they put into their bodies, they are also questioning what’s in their skincare, checking and analysing every last ingredient and demanding that brands be honest with their formulations. There is no doubt that more brands will continue to take this route to provide their consumers with the information they need to be reassured that the brand is aligned with their needs and values.