Yes, it's already the end of the year which is downright insane! It's always the tail end of things that bring forth a bout of reflection, and in putting together my 2013 favourites, I've realised that over the course of the year there have been small but drastic changes in how I view products and what works for me.
So, what better time than the present for Yadah and The Butterfly Project to collaborate in an opportunity for exploring the mindset you're entering 2014 with!
[Source: Yadah Malaysia FB]
What am I resolved to do where beauty is concerned? 5 main things are foremost on my list:
Here, it's getting rid of the stuff that's just lying there making me feel guilty because it's either not working and too expensive to toss, or I purchased it on a whim and it has no function. Even products that are overly complicated are sometimes counterproductive to the entire process of getting the job done, and are redundant, more often than not.
Quality Over Quantity
Through this year of skincare obsessing, I've learned a lot more about what does and does not work for my skin, which means that there's no longer a need to experiment wildly with anything that crosses my path. It's taught me that products which are too harsh and contain unnecessary additives like SLS, parabens, colourants, etc. tend to react badly with my skin and hair, so opting for natural options works for me. This is a philosophy which Yadah actually abides by, so it's all too fitting that they're collaborating with The Butterfly Project on this!
We all get a bit lazy every now and then, be it with our daily routines (cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser, sunscreen, etc.), or that little bit of extra effort that goes a million miles towards effectiveness (masks, facial massages, deep conditioners, etc.). Just that 15 minutes it takes once or twice a week would make a world of difference, yet it seems that too many of us can't find even that to take care of ourselves.
Listening to my skin
This is another thing that is all too frequently forgotten! Your skin changes, and it develops tolerance. This is why you need to keep tabs on what's going on with it. Sometimes, it's all too tempting to continue using products you've been using for years even though the effect they have on your skin has plateaued and you need to switch things up. Every so often you WILL have to tailor what you're using, even if it's just 1 step out of them all. It will make a world of difference.
This shouldn't need to be said, but it does. I don't drink anywhere near enough water on any given day, and I definitely need to. If you drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day, without changing anything else, you will actually see a drastic difference in your skin. You are, after all, made up of quite a large quantity of water and that needs to be replenished!
And we shall follow-up on this list a year from now to see how I have fared!