Every year, millions of people make resolutions for the new year, but a study published in the journal PLOS One found that 80 per cent would have fallen off the wagon by the middle of February. The truth is, it’s not impossible to stick to them. However, we tend to set big, hairy and audacious resolutions that aren’t easy to follow through. Experts say it would be easier if you set specific resolutions like “I want to lose 0.5kg every month”, instead of saying “I want to lose weight”.
Positive resolutions make it easier for you to conjure good thoughts about the outcome like “Eat more greens” vs “No more chips!”. Finally, experts agree that it’s more sustainable to focus on the process and take small, proven steps. We’re all about keeping up the good energy, so here’s a list of realistic resolutions you can hold us to in 2022.
Cleansing and hydrating are the cornerstones of a glowing complexion.
Makeup artist Clarence Lee says: “This routine is your basic start to healthy skin.” Begin with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip skin of natural oils, and follow up with a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum.
A favourite of Clarence’s, this pH-balanced cleanser removes impurities while strengthening skin.
Available at Kiehl’s and kiehls.com.sg
This has four different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to penetrate all levels of skin and improve cell activity.
Available at Shopee and Lazada
Banish dull, lacklustre skin by removing dead skin cells and purifying clogged pores. Use chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs to brighten skin sans friction from physical scrubs.
Contains antioxidant-rich green tea and acne-busting salicylic acid to unclog pores and refine skin.
Available at Paula’s Choice
After almost two years of going without lipstick, it’s time to bring colour to your lips. Boost your confidence (and lips) to feel better in 2022.
Beloved by model Layla Ong, the cushiony lip colour glides smoothly to deliver long- lasting colour with a soft-focus finish.
Available at Sephora
The number one cause of breakouts is clogged pores from leftover makeup and skincare. To prevent this, simply soak cotton pads with a few pumps of micellar water cleansers and wipe off – they work on sunscreens too.
Follow up with a gentle cleanser for a thorough clean.
The lightweight cleansing water removes makeup, dust and grime without friction.
Available at Guardian, Watsons, Lazada and Shopee
Don’t neglect your tools – wash your makeup brushes, sponges and applicators at least monthly to reduce bacterial growth.
Makeup artist Cheryl Ow has a clever hack: Lather up an old- school soap bar, wet the bristles of your brushes and put the lather through. The soap suds will pull out the gunk and dried powder stuck within the bristles. Rinse under running water till clear.
For those pressed for time, your brushes may benefit from an instant brush cleaner.
Available at Sephora
We often forget that the body needs a good skincare regime too. Experts say a simplified skincare ritual should suffice – wash, exfoliate and moisturise. Exfoliate twice weekly to slough away dead skin cells and prep skin for added hydration.
It features Sublimage’s antioxidant-rich Vanilla Planifolia Water that helps to regenerate skin cells and reverse oxidative stress. The rich cream melts onto skin to impart a luminous sheen.
Available at Chanel and selected department stores
No matter where you are, sunscreen is necessary. Apply one with a minimum SPF30 and PA+++ over your moisturiser before makeup. Bonus if you use one that fights blue light radiation too.
It offers SPF50 and PA+++ protection against UV damage. What’s more, it’s waterproof, even after 80 minutes in water.
Available at Lazada, Shopee, Don Don Donki, Welcia-BHG and selected Watsons
Skin switches to recovery mode and becomes more receptive to products as it rests. Sleep also allows the body to produce the growth hormones necessary for good skin. Start your beauty routine at least 60 minutes before bedtime, and reduce screen time and other distractions.
Decompress with the cleansing foam and finish off with the body lotion, both infused with relaxing Australian lavender essential oil.
This has marine microalgae to re-energise skin, while edelweiss and blackcurrant extracts pump antioxidants to skin and soothe it from the day’s stress.
Available at Tangs at Tang Plaza, Tangs.com and Takashimaya D.S.
The story was first published in the December 2021 issue of Her World.