Are you resolving to take better care of your skin this new year? If so, we have the secret to keeping this, and all of your other new year’s resolutions: break it down into easy, actionable steps you’ll actually enjoy.
Keep reading for 10 easy-to-keep new years skincare resolutions. These simple yet effective skincare tips will leave your skin looking and feeling its very best.
1. Switch to clean beauty products
The only government oversight of the beauty industry comes from the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which was passed in 1938. We feel this lack of regulation runs contrary to what’s best for our bodies, our families, and our planet.
Biossance was founded on the premise that sustainable, science-backed ingredients are the key to building a more planet-friendly beauty industry. We got our start when our UC Berkeley scientists created sugarcane-derived squalane to replace squalene, a natural moisturizer found in human skin that was originally sourced from shark livers and used throughout the beauty industry. By sharing our superhero hydrator with our competitors, we save 2 million sharks annually, helping protect key marine ecosystems.
In addition, all Biossance formulations are developed in a facility certified by My Green Lab—the gold standard for laboratory sustainability practices for responsible usage of energy, waste, and water.
Drawing on our rich history of science and sustainability, we create skincare that is incredibly effective and safe without harming the environment or animals. Because the products you use make a difference for your health and the health of the planet.
2. Reduce Waste
We believe that clean beauty extends beyond eco-friendly formulas to encompass every piece of the production process, including reducing consumer waste.
The cosmetics industry produces over 120 billion units of packaging every year. In the US alone, almost 7.9 billion units of rigid plastics were created just for beauty products in 2018.
The sugarcane used to produce our beloved squalane is irrigated with natural rainwater processed within a closed system that reflects responsible land and energy use. Our products are packaged in tubes and bottles that are completely recyclable and outer cartons made from renewable sugarcane paper, without inks or dyes that could affect recyclability.
We also encourage you to upcycle your empty skincare containers when you're finished using the products inside.
3. Stop Sleeping With Your Makeup On
Having a cabinet full of clean beauty products with sustainable packaging is great, but they won’t help your skin if you don’t use them.
Keeping your skin clean is step one towards a healthy, balanced, radiant complexion. We get it: you’re exhausted. But sleeping with your makeup on is a surefire way to look (and perhaps feel) even more tired than you actually are.
Going to sleep without washing your face can lead to premature aging and collagen degradation, as makeup can trap dirt and damaging free radicals that cause clogged pores and worse.
We recommend washing your face with our Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil to remove every trace of dirt and makeup while delivering a boost of soothing hydration. You might even wish to go a step further and try double cleansing. In that case, deep clean your pores without over-stripping with our Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser.
4. Create An Easy Skincare Routine You Can Stick To
Consistency is the key to making your skincare work its best. We understand that personalization is the key to staying consistent within your routine. If you’re new to skincare, we recommend connecting with one of our Clean Beauty Advisors for a live skincare consultation. During your chat, your trained expert will help you choose the right products for your lifestyle and skin concerns.
Short on time? Here’s an easy, four-step routine you can do in 2 minutes or less.
- Cleanse. Remove dirt, makeup, and free radicals with our powerful - but gentle - cleansers. Shop cleansers
- Tone. Balance the skin’s pH and prepare it to receive moisture while delivering tailored treatment benefits. Shop toners
- Treat. Target your individual skincare concerns with a nourishing serum while increasing hydration. Shop serums
- Moisturize. Replenish the skin’s moisture content with a deeply hydrating moisturizer suited to your specific skin type. Shop moisturizers
5. SPF. Every. Single. Day.
If you ask a dermatologist about their #1 must-have skincare product, chances are they’ll tell you it’s SPF. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is the single most impactful skincare product you can add to your routine. Its protective benefits span from fine lines and wrinkles to skin cancer.
We recommend choosing a broad spectrum, reef-safe mineral sunscreen with an SPF 30 or above. Our award-winning Squalane + Zinc Mineral Sunscreen provides SPF 30 PA +++ protection using non-nano zinc. It also includes soothing aloe and our superhero hydrator, squalane, to provide instant moisture and help fortify the skin barrier.
6. Give Your Body Some TLC
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so don’t forget about the areas below the neck. Create a weekly self-care ritual to decompress as you care for your body.
Start your treatment with a smoothing, hydrating exfoliating treatment courtesy of our award-winning Squalane + Enzyme Sugar Body Scrub. It uses sustainably-sourced, biodegradable sugar crystals to scrub off dead skin cells and pomegranate enzyme to dissolve any that remain.
Towel off, then lock in moisture and firm skin with our Squalane + Caffeine Toning Body Cream. Caffeine sourced from green coffee beans gives skin a smoother appearance, while niacinamide includes skin texture and squalane provides deep, lasting hydration.
7. Drink more water
While serums and moisturizers can do a wonderful job of keeping your skin plump and supple, drinking enough water can help enhance the appearance of smoother, healthier skin by improving circulation.
Hydrate from the inside out with our H2Overload gift set. With its special-edition Biossance water bottle and full-size Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum, it’s just the thing to quench your skin’s thirst, making it plumper and better hydrated.
9. Get more sleep
It terms out that getting your beauty sleep is more than just a cliché. According to studies, regularly skimping on shut-eye is associated with increased signs of premature aging. That’s because your entire body - including your skin - repairs itself while you’re sleeping.
During sleep, blood flow increases to your skin as it produces more collagen and repairs itself from UV damage, both of which protect against premature aging. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night for healthier skin.
Make your shuteye work double time with our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum. We reimagined retinol to be gentler on your skin by encapsulating our retinoid blend so it’s released gradually into your skin over 8 hours while you sleep.
Antioxidants rosemary and saffron work within our formula to keep both retinoids stable. This not only ensures that the active ingredients improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, it also means they won’t break down and irritate your skin.
10. Move your body every day
Regular exercise boosts circulation to your skin, bringing much-needed oxygen and nourishment to skin cells and carrying away waste, such as free radicals. Exercising can also help with stress, helping you to avoid the negative effects of stress on your skin, which include increased reactivity (hello, acne) and slower healing time.
How much exercise do you need to see your skin benefit? Aim to move your body for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week in a way that you enjoy, whether that’s yoga, lifting weights, or simply taking a walk with a friend.
Cool down afterward by re-hydrating your skin with our Squalane + Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist. This award-winning facial mist brings a burst of hydration thanks to two types of hyaluronic acid, plumping fine lines as it sets and revives makeup.
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I’m excited to bring my passion for storytelling to Biossance as an Engagement Content Writer. Two things you should know about me: I have a deep love of the ocean (especially sharks) and I’m obsessed with clean beauty. My bathroom cabinet is literally overflowing with my many-layered sustainable skincare routine. This combo is what led me to buy my first bottle of Vitamin C Rose Oil. I was so impressed by the way it improved my skin that I wanted to shout this brand from the rooftops. Three years later, and here I am doing just that. I’m excited to be on this journey of clean beauty innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you here on the blog.