6 Small But Effective Ways To Take Care Of Yourself This Year | Clozette

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.

Spoil yourself 

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.

Increase hydration

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.

Mini workout

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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.

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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. 

Polyhydroxy acids

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.

Liquid exfoliators

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.

Witch hazel

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.



If 2018 was the year of glass skin, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of yoga skin. In contrast to the former, which focuses on a smooth and perfected complexion, yoga skin is about emphasising a similar 'glow from within' type of look but with a more 'real skin' finish. Imagine, well, a flushed and glistening look post-yoga or workout that's been touched up to remove the splotchiness and voilá — there's your look!

Made popular by renowned makeup artist Sarah Hill, she defines it as a look that's "about beautiful skin, great skincare and embracing the no-makeup makeup vibe." 

Ready to dive into this new beauty trend? Here are our top tips on achieving that perfect 'yoga skin' look minus booking the sessions and rolling out that yoga mat.

Facial oils and moisturisers make your base

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This trend really emphasises the importance of skincare and achieving a more natural glow than relying too much on highlighters. This is why moisturising and incorporating some facial oils into your base is the first step in nailing this look. We say tapping oils onto your face with your fingers is the best way to warm up the product and stimulate the blood vessels under the skin, helping in absorption and ridding of a heavily oiled-up finish. You can also use this method to thin out a heavy foundation or use a tinted moisturiser instead if you're looking for a little more coverage. 

Creams and tints are your champions

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Not a fan of cream products? This trend might just change your mind. Straying away from powders and baking to achieve an overall glowy look, this will really test your skills in incorporating creams and tints into your beauty routine. We're talking blushes, highlights, concealers — you get the idea.  We say go for creams if you have dry skin because they would really help with the dewy finish you're aiming for but if oil control is your problem, tints and liquids are better alternatives. 

Drunk blush but better

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Since this look aims for a really natural but worked-up flush, put the concentration of the product more on the apples of your cheeks — almost bordering on your under eyes — and of course, the bridge and tip of your nose a la drunk blush. But while you use stronger and more red-heavy shades for the drunk blush trend, we suggest more peaches, corals and muted rose shades for mimicking yoga skin as it gives a more naturally flushed finished. 

Go monochrome

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Even if this trend emphasises good skin, it doesn't mean that we're leaving the rest of our makeup products in the bag. But instead of going for a 'full face beat' kind of vibe, we suggest toning it down a notch by making the brows a bit more feathery than sharp and on fleek, focusing more on lushing up those lashes and sticking to a monochrome colour palette to really make the entire look work. Think: no-makeup up but still daily glam. 

Love your highlighters? Go for a something with a wet finish

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Okay, okay. We know that we said this look shouldn't rely much on highlighters but we also know how hard it is to set aside our glow babies when creating a makeup look. So our middle ground is either going for liquid or cream-based highlighter to stay consistent with the whole 'natural' glow finish or select those that really give a 'wet skin' type of glow. 

(Cover photo from: penmyblog, @sarahhillmakeup)