January 9th, 2024
Each New Year we all make resolutions to be a better version of ourselves in the coming year. This year, why not make some beauty resolutions instead? We look at what we all should be doing more and less of in 2024 to ensure you have your best beauty year ever. beauty resolutions 2024
Wear SPF every day
Face The Future’s Head of Clinic, Kimberley Medd says: “SPF is the non-negotiable skincare step that everyone should be incorporating into their regime regardless of age, skin type or skin tone. The sun emits harmful rays year-round, even on cloudy days. There are two types of sun rays that can damage your skin in different ways. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns while UVA rays can lead to aging and the development of skin cancers. Sun exposure depletes collagen, which keeps the skin smooth and firm. It can dilate blood vessels to give skin a red tone. It also causes the brown pigment in the skin to be more pronounced, which can make the skin look blotchy and uneven in tone. It also creates something called elastotic material, which creates a ‘cobblestone’ appearance in the skin.”
Incorporate ceramides into your routine
Julia Marinkovich, UK Representative of COSRX says: “Many people know that collagen and hyaluronic acid are naturally derived in the skin but not that ceramides are also naturally occurring. Ceramides are the glue of your skin, known as being in the family of lipids ceramides hold your skin cells together and protect the skin barrier. They make up over 50% of your skin’s composition so it’s no wonder that this is an essential part of keeping skin healthy. A healthy skin barrier is essential to keeping skin glowing and beautiful. In your 30s skin starts to lose in increasing amount of ceramides meaning the skin barrier breaks down leading to thinning, fine lines, dryness and moisture loss. Luckily this is where ceramide products such as COSRX Comfort Ceramide Cream comes in to repair and replenish ceramide loss.”
Get ready for Balletcore
While Mermaidcore and Barbiecore are still around, Balletcore is looking like the hot look for 2024. Inspired by what ballerinas wear, think soft pastel colours reminiscent of ballet costumes and shades of pink, white and cream in both matte and shimmer shades.
Balletcore emphasizes subtle yet impactful touches, with a focus on enhancing natural beauty. It can be done very naturally and amped up for a more glam look but in general to replicate this look you’ll need to use lots of blush in either cream or powder.
A-list Manicurist, and Senior Mylee Ambassador, Tinu Bello says: Think subtle and creamy pinks, frosted nudes, and milky whites, in short and clean shapes with baroque embellishments, a glazed finish, and tiny adornments like bows, flowers, and gems. At home you can do this with the likes of Mylee’s XOXO shade. Where you take it next is up to you – try a dotting tool to create a lace-up ballet slipper effect, pain a thin stripe of glitter across your tips, adding a diamante to your cuticle, or adding a glazing shade to mix up the finish, such as Mylee’s Sea Shell.
Embrace the blue
Blue is a captivating and versatile colour that can be worn in various shades, from vibrant electric blues to softer pastel shades. It is likely that blue will dominate the manicure scene, particularly at the beginning of the year through to spring.
Blue mascara, liners, and eyeshadows have also been picking up steam for achieving an attention-grabbing look. “Blue makeup isn’t just a colour; it’s a statement with endless possibilities, so make it uniquely yours!” says celebrity makeup artist Sarah Redzikowski, Redzikowski. Add a pop of electric blue to your lashes with the Kiko Milano Smart Colour Mascara in Electric Blue. Create a bold wing with ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starr Point Made Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Bossy Blue. Or embrace a baby blue eyeshadow by applying Glossier’s Skywash Liquid-to-Powder Sheer Matte Eyeshadow Tint in Pool.
Eyes on the well-ageing prize
Sonia Amoroso, Founder, Freezeframe: “If I was asked what is the most important factor in caring for your skin in 2024, it would be this. If you use nothing else – make sure you use a good eye cream. Your eyes may be the windows to the soul, but window panes are flimsier than bricks. Skin around the eyes doesn’t have the ability to produce the vital lipids needed to keep skin moist, so eyelids are much more prone to dryness than other parts of the face. Add these two facts together and it’s easy to see why eyes are the very first area to show signs of aging. Moving into our 30s and 40s, skin is thinner, and muscles can become weaker. Collagen loss also increases at a dramatic rate at this time. This can lead to a couple of issues, both produced by the muscle and skin matrix weakening. First, the fat that naturally supports the eyes can sink to the area beneath the eyes. With thinner skin and a weaker skin matrix, fat can bulge through to appear as what we know as bags. The same, but somewhat more liquid effect can happen when fluids accumulate around the eyes. With looser skin and without the thicker layers of skin keeping it all in place, the under-eye area can literally “puff out” resulting in what we know as puffiness.”
Holistic Therapist and Head of Education at SBC Skincare, Adele O’Donoghue: “In 2024 I predict that instead of retinol, more gentle alternatives to anti-ageing will be increasingly popular, with bakuchiol set to be a firm favourite. Bakuchiol acts very similarly on a cellular level to retinol, in that it has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and texture, and restore firmness, without causing irritation. Bakuchiol has also been shown to increase collagen levels in the skin, meaning that it not only targets existing signs of ageing, but can help to prevent further signs. It is also completely vegan, being derived from the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia Plant – perfect for anyone looking for a plant-based alternative to their regular retinol – and does not cause skin sensitivity to the sun (but that doesn’t mean you can skip the SPF!).”
Don’t do this!
Sharon Maughan, Founder of FaceWise, says: “Salicylic acid, in its concentrated form and widely used in a range of cosmetics can lead to a toxic overload. Although many people have no reaction, in most severe cases the toxic overload can affect the respiratory system, flare sensitive skin and cause outbreaks of eczema. FaceWise offers a gentle and nourishing alternative to skincare. It has been developed to combat rising salicylates, whilst leaving skin gently nourished. Formulated to keep you looking glowing and radiant, while cutting out the harmful additives that can enter through your skin.”
Skin Masterclass has three skincare fails she wants us all to leave back in 2023. She says:Cigdem Kemal-Yilmaz, Chemical Engineer and Founder of
Re-using Towels – “As pathogens, oils and dead skin cells can collect on towels, using the same towel for your face and body after a shower can clog pores, cause breakouts and increase your risk of skincare irritation. Not to mention that the body or haircare products that you use can disrupt the delicate facial microbiome if they are transferred to your face through re-using towels. Having a separate, clean towel that is washed and replaced every couple of days for drying your face is key. However, for those prone to acne, you should be replacing your facial towel every day. Make sure that you only use towels that have been left to dry completely in a place with little moisture or humidity as damp towels encourage mould or bacteria that can exacerbate breakouts.”
Missing Your Neck – “The neck is a body part that we tend to miss out when it comes to skincare, but it is just as important to take care of the skin on your neck as your face, particularly as it shows the first signs of ageing faster. This is because the skin on the neck contains less collagen, no oil, and is much thinner than the face, making it prone to dryness, sensitivity, sun damage and sagging. To keep your neck skin healthy, make sure to bring any products that you would normally apply to your face down to the neck and chest area.”
Forgetting To Cleanse – “One of the most common skincare habits wreaking havoc on your face is forgetting to remove your makeup at the end of the day and not properly cleansing your skin. Particularly for those who regularly exercise, sweat and make-up can clog pores, creating the perfect storm for breakouts or acne! Remember, clean skin is healthy skin, so double cleansing is your best friend. Firstly, take the day off with a make-up remover or cleansing balm and follow-up with a cleanser containing active ingredients such as ceramides, niacinamide or hyaluronic acid for a truly thorough clean with skin-boosting properties.”
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