Did last month just feel like a long-ass footnote to 2019 to you, too? It definitely did for me, so here I am trying to “start 2020 on the right foot” with resolutions now that I’ve gotten over the trial period that is January.
I’ve already written many promises to myself that isn’t beauty-related, but I also realized most of them are. Even if I’m a self-confessed beauty girl, I still have a lot of bad habits that I need to break. Getting stressed about everything that’s been happening—from the Taal eruption to the novel coronavirus and more—hasn’t helped. I take pride in my personal appearance, sure, but it’s not my biggest priority at all times. If I had to make an absolute choice between sleeping and grooming, I would 100% choose the latter.
Granted, there are days when I just feel like I need to get a mani-pedi, have my hair trimmed, or get my legs waxed. I’m usually triggered by stress, so I take the seemingly random “I need to go to the nail salon” urges as a sign to slow down. Otherwise, I stick to a very lax routine. I’d even say it’s flexible—depending on how much time and energy I can expend on a particularly stressful morning or a surprisingly relaxed night. Sometimes, my regimen only goes up to toner. (I know, I know, it’s bad.)
Thankfully, I’ve made great strides in streamlining my beauty routine—making sure I know what I can handle on my own and what needs to be entrusted to the pros.
This, alone, has helped me cut a lot of fat in my day-to-day prep time and allowed me to focus on what I am doing wrong when it comes to taking care of my skin and putting on makeup.
I won’t even pretend with my resolutions anymore. What you’re about to read are some of the simplest yet hardest things to commit to. I know what you might think: Why even write this, right? It must look like a 15-year-old’s New Year’s Resolutions list, but I’m not above admitting I struggle with these all the time. It really isn’t too late to commit to better habits!
1. Drink more water. Up until November 2019, I drank soda, coffee, and juice every single day. I would sometimes go a day without even drinking water. Sure, I’d drink a bottle or two if I work out, but never just because I wanted to “hydrate.” I’ve received this meme (and some other form of it) from different friends, more times than I’d be happy to admit:
I’m slowly learning how eliminating some sugar-laden drinks are really life-changing. My skin feels healthier, my body feels less bloated, and my wallet is thankful I don’t spend as much on drinks anymore. You know what Mimiyuuuh says, “Drink your water, b*tch.”
2. Improve my quality of sleep. Who else struggles with being more productive at night? If you’re like me, you always have a constant mental battle between getting 8 hours of sleep and getting extra work done before the day ends. I know it’s not the best habit, but it can’t be helped. My mind is just running non-stop at night, so I’d rather spend my energy achieving something. Apparently, breathing works wonders—so, rather than staring at the ceiling and waiting for sleep to come, I’m hoping it helps me get to snoozin’ faster. Basta, the goal is to sleep early and sleep more! It’s a hard pass on eye luggage, even if they’re Chanel.
3. Take better care of my hands and nails. Everyone has a nervous habit triggered by one thing or another. In my case, stress leads me to unconsciously pick on my cuticles. My hands have a tendency to become dry AF, especially the skin around my nails. That makes it prone to skin-picking, which results in ugly hands. This year, I hope to curb this habit—and eventually ditch it altogether. I would save so much on manicures if only I can do this!
4. Complete my nighttime skincare routine. Yes, I don’t get through the whole thing. Sometimes, I don’t even cleanse at the end of the day if I’m really tired. (This is the part where I run away in shame.)
To be fair, I don’t wear makeup every day. I’m also well aware that I only break out around that time of the month. Plus, I do get regular facials as much as I can. Of course, I know the world of difference an effective routine does to the skin. After all, it works great for me in the mornings! I just get so tamad at night, I can’t even be bothered. This changes in the next few days, hopefully.
5. Be more mindful of my purchases. Like I mentioned in my previous article, I’m doing my darndest to resist buying into flash sales and new releases. This one, in particular, I’ve been semi-successful so far. I haven’t bought any new skincare or makeup products since the new year rolled around, which is already a small victory considering my materialism. I’ve gone as far as to add a shade or two of Colourette Cosmetics’ new Colourtints and Happy Skin’s new Lip Mallows, but that’s it—no checkouts yet. As much as I’m itching to get my hands on them, I just kept thinking I still have a ton of stuff to destash. Until then, no new beauty products!
6. Work on what you can, accept what you can’t. Since turning 30, I’ve become much kinder to myself—accepting, even celebrating, my flaws instead of hating them like I used to. The crow’s feet, the stretch marks, the visible veins...I’ve realized that what I can’t work on, I simply have to accept as a part of myself. From then on, it’s become easier to make fun of what used to make me feel so insecure. It’s not always easy, of course. As I said, there’d be days that I just need a facial. I try to be more mindful of my relationship with myself, though. I plan to continue doing that this year!
I know it’s already February, but it’s not too late to make commitments to take better care of and be kind to yourself. Do you have any resolutions you still want to make for 2020? Share them with me on Instagram or Twitter @elainecarag!