I promise to... be nice to my eyebrows
Been a little overzealous with the tweezers? Take your brows in hand this year by enlisting the help of a professional. Harshly overplucked brows are ageing, as well as being seriously dated, so treating them with a little TLC is a real beauty investment.
Strong but groomed arches like Kourtney Kardashian’s are on trend this season, but demand careful cultivation, so if yours are looking a bit sparse, take a tip from Hollywood and book in for HD Brows – a new-to-Dubai, seven step process that will transform your brows (and your face) in less than an hour. Invest in some decent tweezers for those between session stragglers, and soon, you’ll be the proud owner of brows that wow!
I promise to… use sunscreen
The sun is the number one enemy to the skin, and living where we live, skipping on sunscreen is a simple way to looking older, faster! Dermatologists say you are more likely to develop brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles if you don’t protect your skin with sunscreen on a daily basis, so celebs like super-youthful looking Hilary Swank refuse to leave the house unless they’ve slathered on the SPF. Stock up on sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, wear it indoors and out, and buy moisturisers with a built in SPF15 minimum, which will moisturise and protect at the same time.
I promise to... stop smoking
Want to look younger? Then quit the dreaded weed. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your skin, as it inhibits the production of collagen, which keeps it looking plump and youthful.
Studies have shown smoking ages a person’s skin by up to 20 years – which means smokers, like Paris Hilton, will look waaay wrinklier than a non-smoker of the same age. Thanks to all the toxins in ciggy smoke, no amount of anti-ageing cream will repair the damage your stinky habit is inflicting upon your face until you give up – so stub it out now, or get used to those crows feet, sweetie!
I promise to… take my make-up
off before bed every night! We’re all guilty of sleeping in our slap once in a while, but regularly falling into bed without taking your make-up off is bad news, causing breakouts, puffiness, and premature ageing.
“I’ve fallen asleep in my make-up a few times, and I hate the way it makes my skin feel” admitted Cheryl Cole recently. “My New Year’s resolution is to always cleanse before bed.” While facial wipes are fine as a last resort, if you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy, proper night time cleansing is essential – no matter how tired you are. Double cleansing – once to remove make-up, and twice to clean the skin – is a must, followed by a quick spritz of toner. Follow with a few drops of serum gently pressed into the skin, topped off with a decent night cream and eye cream and voila! You’re set for the perfect beauty sleep.
I promise to... smile more
Smiling officially makes you look younger – which means we should all do it more! Brushing and flossing twice a day is vital to dental health, but if your teeth are looking a little less than dazzling, make like Gossip Girl star Katie Cassidy and invest in a good teeth whitening system to get your pearly whites looking – well, whiter! Katie is a huge fan of Crest’s 3D White collection, and uses the mouthwash, strips and toothpaste for maximum effect and a gorgeous Hollywood smile.