Beauty Guru: Resolution to Take Better Care of My Skin

Ahhh-New Year's resolutions - I have made my share and have unfortunately faltered more than I have succeeded. However with that said, I am feeling optimistic about my New Year's resolution this year.

Ironically, before I received this writing assignment (name your top three beauty resolutions) one of my resolutions was to take better care of my skin. No more just wiping down the face with a wet cloth and scrubbing off the eye makeup and calling it a night and no more playing in the sun without sunscreen. Another resolution was to experiment with different eye shadow colors and techniques.

Facial cleansing - While I do have the products to properly cleanse my face, sometimes just sheer laziness prompts me to wipe down my face with a cloth and call it a day. Needless to say, as an owner of a skin care website, I know better and this method of cleansing does absolutely nothing to promote a healthy complexion. I preach all the time about the importance of a skin care routine and the benefits it will provide. Thus, to remedy this I am investing in a facial and body cleansing apparatus and have selected the BriteLeafs Face and Body Ultra Clean Brush 4-in-1 SPA Cleansing System. This product seems to have great reviews and I am sure it will brighten up my dull winter skin and promote a nice healthy glow.

Sunscreen - Years of baking in the sun have given me my share of brown spots, age spots, or whatever you want to call them. Even with that said I still find myself sitting outside soaking up the sun with no sunscreen. Living in a northern climate where it is winter 6 months of the year, when summertime comes all I want to do is soak up the sun. However, this year I vow to wear sunscreen, and invest in a sunscreen that is as free from harmful chemicals. After a little research Badger All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 seems to be a pretty good product.

Lastly, I have vowed this year to update my eye makeup and experiment with different colors and techniques. I have been wearing the same old browns and using the same application technique for years. Time for a change! So I purchased "Making Faces" for under $10 on Amazon. It is full of ideas and I will be following some of the techniques in this book.

My other resolutions this year are to do my exercise tape three times a week and eat healthier. We will see how that goes.

So have you made any resolutions this year? I would love to hear them!

Carol Belanger is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes. Check out my skin care and hair care posts on my Shine Blog or visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for some simple and fun skin care recipes, hair care recipes and informative articles.