Welcome to 2018! As makeup and skincare lovers, we like to reflect on our beauty resolutions at the beginning of each year. We like to remind ourselves that our skin is our largest organ, and like the other organs of the body, it absorbs what you feed it. The good news is that with each passing year, there are more and more studies, products, and advocates supporting the clean beauty movement.
We’re excited to share our 8 Beauty Resolutions for 2018, plus the simple solution for cleaning your makeup brushes without a lot of time and energy.
1. Cut out unnecessary chemicals like parabens, phthalates & triclosan
Our motto is fewer chemicals, fewer concerns. Unfortunately, there are many ingredients in mainstream makeup that are questionably safe for our body and skin. Due to the Food & Drug Administration’s lack of oversight on the cosmetics industry, we all must be diligent in our ingredient education and eliminate certain products that could potentially harm us—like parabens, phthalates, and triclosan, to name a few. Cate McNabb Cosmetics was founded on the principle that makeup should be clean and free of harsh chemicals—here’s a list of ingredients We Choose to Exclude and why.
2. Throw out old products
We all have those products that have been sitting in our makeup drawers for as long as we can remember. If it’s been around for more than 2-3 months—toss it. Aside from the fact that unnecessary clutter is never a good thing, products older than two months can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause infections and make you sick. Makeup that contains water is at a higher risk than powders, but across all cosmetics, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here are 5 things to look for in those old products you may be wary of.
3. Choose cruelty-free
It’s hard to believe that animal testing is still a problem in 2018. Aside from inflicting harsh, often permanent pain and damage on our furry friends, animal testing is simply unnecessary. Given the huge advancements in technology, there are better alternatives to ensure products are safe for humans. Serve yourself a large portion of good karma and skip products that test on animals—after all, change comes from individual resolve to promote the greater good. One of our favorite bloggers is Cruelty-Free Kitty—here’s her list of 15 Great Reasons to Switch to Cruelty-Free Products Right Now.
4. Get more sleep
They call it Beauty Sleep for a reason—shut-eye is your most powerful beauty product. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin looks dull and tired. Settle in early each night for deep sleep, which enables your body to produce human growth hormones necessary for collagen production. Check out these 6 Amazing Reasons to Sleep For Better Skin.
5. … But be sure to take off your makeup before you go to bed
Sleeping in your makeup puts you at a higher risk for developing wrinkles, eye irritation and infection, and breakouts. If you need a little push in the direction, here’s a list of 6 Awful Things That Happen When You Sleep In Your Makeup—it will startle you enough to make you reach for your face wash every night, religiously.
6. Clean your makeup brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes can become a little like flossing—something we know we should do more often, but frequently push it to the back burner. But dermatologists say we should clean our brushes daily to avoid accumulation of makeup and bacteria! That may seem like a lot, WE HAVE THE SOLUTION! Each time after you use your brush, give it a quick spray with Cate Makeup Remover and dust off on a paper towel—it doubles as a brush cleaner & helps remove residual product. You should still give your brushes a full, extensive wash on a monthly basis, but this will make your job a lot easier.
7. Drink more water
Drinking water is almost always the first step in the direction of beauty & health. A study conducted in 2006 proved that increasing your intake of natural mineral water had hugely positive effects on the health and appearance of your skin—including reducing blemishes, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, and improving texture for softer, smoother skin. Inspire yourself by picking up a cute new water bottle. We like the looks of this one—it’s BPA-Free, eco-friendly & produced by a women-owned company.
8. Embrace your natural beauty
Shy away from trends encouraging you to change the shape of your face. Your face is unique and beautiful, and should be emphasized as such. Find the features you love most about yourself and accentuate accordingly. Love your blue eyes? Accent with gold and copper shimmery shadows to reflect the light. Embrace your freckles—let them become a proud part of you instead of covering them up with heavy foundation.