If Sunday is that one day a week you have time left over for self-care, think of January as the Sunday of months. You have a little more room to focus on you post-holidays, so you’re already off to a great start. And since it sets the tone for the rest of your year, we’d say it’s the best time to give yourself a rejuvenating top-to-toe makeover. After all, if you’re going to start fresh, you may as well look and feel the part, too!
Below, we recommend a few additional steps to your existing hair, face, and body beauty routine that can help renew you in time for the new year. Of course, you can choose which to keep and which to skip in your daily, weekly, and monthly routines—this guide is simply here to help you get going. Now, you ready? Let’s hit refresh!
STEP 1: NOURISH WITH A SPECIAL HAIR CARE DUO
If your haircare routine simply consists of shampooing with any random bottle you land on and rinsing every other day, consider treating your tresses to something formulated with nourishment in mind. Opt for a shampoo that’s infused with moisturizing properties, which should banish hair grease while keeping your locks healthy. Cap it off with a lightweight conditioner, and you’ll have your glossiest hair yet!
WE RECOMMEND: Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Hair Care Gift Bundle, P780, Love Beauty and Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Hair Care Gift Bundle, P780, Good Virtues Co. Gift Set Package 2, P800
STEP 2: RENEW WITH A REVITALIZING MASK
Speaking of treatment, a rinse-off hair mask can do wonders for a flaky scalp and dull, damaged hair. Even if your hair isn’t color-treated, you can luxuriate by massaging it in various special oils, including deeply hydrating argan oil and virgin coconut oil.
WE RECOMMEND: Be Organic Bath & Body Intensive Argan Oil Hair Mask, P550, Human Nature Natural Hair Revival Mask, P329.75
STEP 3: UNTANGLE & TAME WITH A GENTLE BRUSH
Of course, you can skip this if you’ve got hair that frizzes and puffs up the minute you run a brush through it. Sometimes, they’re better left alone! But if you have chronic bedhead and perpetual tangles that make you look frazzled, pick up a hair brush specially designed to tame your mane as gently as possible.
WE RECOMMEND: Stylista Hair Essentials Tangle Me Out Brush, now on sale at P199 (limited time only), Tangle Angel, P1,298, Vidal Sassoon Ion Shine Full Cushion Brush, now on sale at P273 (limited time only)
STEP 1: GROOM & TREAT YOUR BROWS
Eyebrows frame the face, so it’s important to groom them regularly. This also makes filling them in (if you’ve got sparse or uneven arches) much easier, especially if you’re doing it everyday. Have them waxed, threaded, plucked, or shaved around the edges—whichever suits you—to keep ‘em tidy. For an extra boost, brush over them daily with castor oil so they grow out nice and even.
WE RECOMMEND: Miju Glow Castor Oil with Mascara Brush, P99
STEP 2: EXFOLIATE WITH A MASK
If there were ever a perfect time to buff away dead skin cells to make way for healthy skin, it’s now. Exfoliating with a mask can be immensely satisfying, especially after you rinse off all the residue to reveal a baby-smooth complexion. It also makes it so much easier for your skin to absorb all the other layers of skincare you put on top!
WE RECOMMEND: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask, now on sale at P595 (limited time only), I’m From Mugwort Mask, now on sale at P1,500 (limited time only), Nuxe Paris Insta-Masque Detoxifying + Glow Mask, P1,450
STEP 3: DOUBLE UP ON MOISTURE
Take advantage of your freshly exfoliated skin by soaking it in moisture-boosters that will absorb beautifully. Between all the essences, serums, sheet masks, and sleep packs, you’ve got plenty of options for your hydration cocktail. Always remember: thoroughly moisturized skin is happy skin!
WE RECOMMEND: COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, P1,050, Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask, P160, Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask (70ml), P1,540, Hello Gorgeous Unicorn Elixir (15ml), P380
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE WITH A FULL BODY SCRUB
Just like your facial skin, the skin on the rest of you could benefit greatly from a full body scrub. Not only will it slough away dead skin, it can also get rid of any evidence that you spent all day sweating amidst pollution and city grime. Opt for brightening or skin-restoring exfoliators and step out of your shower feeling fresher than ever.
WE RECOMMEND: Mads Essentials Roasted Coffee Face and Body Scrub, P345, Bath Junkies Strawberry Samba Body Scrub, now on sale at P220 (limited time only), Be Organic Bath & Body Exfoliating Oatmeal Soap, P90
STEP 2: PRETTIFY YOUR HANDS & NAILS
Unless you’re treating yourself to mani’s every other week, chances are your hands and nails are feeling pretty neglected. So, set aside some time to personally care for your nails with an at-home manicure (French tips are a classic finish). We swear, it’s a subtle touch, but it will make you feel super duper. Then, remedy dry or rough hands with hand creams or beauty oils, and treat any callouses with a soothing ointment.
WE RECOMMEND: Resveralife Advanced Manicure Set, now on sale at P1,200 (limited time only), Girlstuff Fast Dry Top Coat, P180, Orly White Tips, P425, Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse Beauty Dry Oil (50ml), P1,650, Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment (75g), P1,099
STEP 3: GIVE YOUR UNDERARMS ITS OWN ROUTINE
2019 was the year we all realized that the right underarm care routine can be a major game-changer. So, if you’re going into the new year with pit problems you want to solve stat, find a regimen that works for you. No matter your needs, you can start with the golden trio of a good scrub (to exfoliate), cream (to moisturize and treat), and all-natural deo (to protect and refresh) and work your way up from there!
WE RECOMMEND: Skin Genie Pit Perfect Scrub, P200, Skin Genie Pit Perfect Cream, P200, Skin Genie Pit Perfect Deodorant Spray, now on sale at P213 (limited time only)
STEP 4: REHYDRATE CRACKED ELBOWS AND HEELS
Most people forget about their elbows and heels day-on-day, which is all the more reason to give them some TLC now that we’re gearing up for 2020. They don’t need much: a soothing ointment, a quick scrub, and maybe peeling socks should do the trick, taking them from rough, cracked, and ashy to smooth and moisturized in a jiffy.
WE RECOMMEND: Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment (75g), P1,099, Skin Revolution Peppermint Gentle Foot Scrub, now on sale at P245 (limited time only), A’Pieu Soft Foot Peeling Socks, P265
STEP 5: MOISTURIZE EVERYWHERE, ESPECIALLY YOUR LEGS
Post-full body scrub down, it’s always a good idea to moisturize all over just to make sure your skin’s balanced and hydrated all over. Plus, since you’d just exfoliated, it’s even easier for your body to absorb all the nourishing goodness your lotions or body oils have to offer.
WE RECOMMEND: Happy Island Relax Hand & Body Lotion, P279, Good Virtues Co. Radiant & Renewing Intensive Care Hand and Body Lotion for Dry Skin, P250, NIVEA Body White & Repair UV Body Lotion (400ml), P314
What’s your beauty routine for the new year? Drop your steps, below!
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