Say what you will about new year resolutions, but the undeniable allure of a fresh start is what keeps us going with the tradition year after year. This time around for beauty, it’s going beyond better skin—say hello to better habits, a better mindset, and better care for everything that isn’t just our face. Nothing that calls for a complete 180 on your routine either, just small tweaks here and there to improve your overall lifestyle.

Whether that means decluttering our space, stepping out of comfort zones, or simply paying attention to what our faces and bodies need, here’s a simple list of intentions we’re setting for ourselves at the BeautyMNL HQ. Happy 2020, beauties!

“To exfoliate more.”

I don’t always use a scrub for my face and body, and I’ve been starting to notice a difference. There are days my skin looks dull and pasty. I’m hoping to get back into exfoliating more, maybe twice or thrice a week to keep my skin looking healthy.” - Angie

WHAT TO TRY: Skinfood Wash Off Rice Mask, now on sale at P500 (limited time only)

“To incorporate acids into my routine.”

I thought it wasn’t for me, but since I’ve been using it, my nose feels so much smoother. It used to feel like a sedimentary cliff overlooking the beach– gritty and rough. It doesn’t help that I have such big pores! Now, I’ve been trying to use it more religiously as an exfoliant and have been trying out retinol, too.” - Dani

WHAT TO TRY: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, P990

“To exfoliate using a clay mask.”

My skin’s tricky to work with because of my hormonal acne. Not a lot of what I’ve tried seems to work consistently, but I’ve heard a lot about exfoliating using a clay mask. I’m hoping to see if that will do anything to help clear up the small pre-pimple bumps that pop up.” - Niki

WHAT TO TRY: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X, P610
“Sunblock all day, everyday.”

I’m not a saint, only a sinner. My beauty resolution is to put sunblock on everyday, both on my face and body. ‘Cause I know I’m going to regret not doing it when I’m older.” - Sabby

WHAT TO TRY: Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++, P1,200

“Remember to wear sunscreen on my body.”

Everyone always reminds you to wear sunscreen, but I want to be more consistent with putting sunblock on my body too, not just my face.” - Carli

WHAT TO TRY: Nature Republic California Aloe Daily Sun Spray SPF 50+, P450

“Never forget to put eye cream or sunscreen.”

The more I get older, the more I realize I have to take care of my eye area because it’s the easiest part where you can notice aging. And wearing sunscreen religiously takes care of the rest of my face (and body)!” - Angeli

WHAT TO TRY: Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb (25ml), now on sale at P1,100 (limited time only)

“Hydrate and wear sunscreen everyday!”

I have dry patches on my face so it’s super important for me not to be lazy when it comes to moisturizing. And yes, I definitely need to wear sunscreen more.” - Nyra

WHAT TO TRY: Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask Mini, P480
“Always wear lip balm.”

Mine is to stop ignoring my chapped lips and to always put lip balm on. I also really want to start putting sunscreen on my body.” - Trish

WHAT TO TRY: Carmex® Original Click Stick with SPF 15, P149

“Don’t forget to moisturize my lips”

Kasi parang Aztec mask yung bibig ko.” - Kolette

WHAT TO TRY: Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment (25g), P599

“Stop touching my face.”

I always feel the need to pick at my skin and force pop pimples that aren’t actually there. It’s such a bad habit. I noticed that sometimes it makes my skin look even worse and leaves scars that take a while to heal.” - Claire

WHAT TO TRY: Happy Skin Beauty Invisible Pimple Patch, P175

“Declutter my makeup stash.”

To be completely honest, I’m probably using and keeping around makeup that may probably be expired.” - Celie

WHAT TO TRY: Acrylic Manila Concave Organizer, P650
“Being open to new brands and products.”

I’m very particular about what I put on my skin (and that’s a good thing!), but the products I’ve been putting off actually worked the best for me—and they weren’t necessarily cult-faves! Some of them are even cheaper than the ones I’m already using.” - Kathy

WHAT TO TRY: Kylaz Moisturizing Blemish Defence, P745

“Use skincare with gentle ingredients.”

I went to the OB recently and it was suggested that I switch to products that aren’t so harsh for my skin. I’m hoping to reevaluate and be more mindful about what I use, like paying attention to ingredients that are more gentle for my skin.” - Alex

WHAT TO TRY: Yadah Anti-T Bubble Cleanser, P790

“Do my skincare routine religiously.”

In 2019 I found the products that worked for me. So for 2020, I want to make sure I use them religiously.” - Tati

WHAT TO TRY: Human Nature Day Moisturizer (15 Vitamins & Minerals), P300
“Never go to bed without washing my face.”

My resolution is to never sleep with makeup on or without washing my face… which is something I always do.” - Nina

WHAT TO TRY: Bio Science Bio-Water Micellar Water (400ml), now on sale P719 (limited time only)

“Remove my makeup no matter what.”

I’m going to make sure I don’t forget to remove makeup, even when I’m drunk or dead tired.” - Gaile

WHAT TO TRY: Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Pink (125ml), now on sale at P89 (limited time only)

“Not to miss my skincare routine.”

I shouldn’t skip my skincare routine, day or night. I learned the hard way and am starting to get used to it already.” - Yvonne

WHAT TO TRY: Mizon Snail Cushion Foam Cleanser, now on sale at P315 (limited time only)
“Always double cleanse.”

Sometimes it seems like it’s a lot of work, but it’s the only thing that feels as if I’m able to wash the pollution out of my skin.” - Mary

WHAT TO TRY: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Original (100mL), P945

“Simplify my beauty routine.”

I just want to listen to what my skin needs instead of trying out random trendy products or things. Plus, to moisturise my body more. I have the driest legs.” - Kat

WHAT TO TRY: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, P730

“Using less products.”

Sometimes, putting less products on your face, both skincare products & makeup products, really helps with allowing your skin to breathe.” - Julia

WHAT TO TRY: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater (4oz), P680

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