NYE kickstarts one of the worst parts of the year. The part when people decide to “reinvent” themselves by doing paltry things like “drinking less” and “not crying alone at night because they have deep-rooted self-hatred and intimacy issues.” News flash: It might be a new year, but if your life still sucks, consider the very likely possibility it’s because you still suck. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to be better…at least for a little bit…and at least when it comes to super vain things like the way you look on the outside. (If your personality is already terrible, vowing to “get out more” and “make new friends” probably won’t help.)
Here are some skin resolutions that you should actually try doing for the whole year/rest of your life and not just from January 1st-8th.
1. Wear SPF every damn day
As a white person, I’m a long standing advocate for protection from the sun. If you don’t protect your skin from the sun, you will get wrinkles and you will die. Pick up something like the cult favorite from La Roche-Posay because it’s so light you’ll forget you’re even wearing it.
2. Drink your water
Currently rolling my eyes at the thought of all you dried-up raisins who never drink water. Imma say it again: drink your water. At least half of your body weight in ounces. So if you’re 100 pounds (omg me), drink 50 ounces. 50 ounces of Diet Coke does not count. Even though I agree that it should.
3. Exfoliate on a weekly basis at least
I know it’s cumbersome, but once you actually get into the habit of exfoliating, it just becomes part of your normal routine. If you’re not down with scrubs, exfoliating pads make the process a fucking breeze. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are legit for all types of skin and affordable. Use them before bed 3 times a week.
4. Get regular facials
Sure, facials can get pricey, and sure, you’d rather spend the money on hallucinogens and a trip to Joshua Tree, but giving your skin regular deep cleanses (done by a professional) is the best thing you’ll ever do for it. And arguably, yourself too. (If you’re poor, get a Groupon or Living Social deal. Or try panhandling.)
5. Don’t pick. Seriously don’t do it.
Just don’t, ok? If you feel something gross emerging under your skin, have an acne spot treatment on hand. Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is a fucking godsend. It’s formulated with salicylic acid and calamine and will shrink whiteheads before you can get your grubby paws on them. What I’m saying is, it saves lives.