There is no time better than the beginning of the year to clean up house. Over here at Valour, the team are making some beauty resolutions. Join us as we share the ways we will be cleansing and detoxing from our skin right through to our wardrobes.

Washing your makeup brushes (more regularly)
Be very honest with yourself, when was the last time you properly washed your makeup brushes? I’m cringing as I write this because I can’t remember! I recently threw away all of my makeup brushes as they were simply beyond saving. It is advised that makeup brushes should be washed weekly to prevent a build-up of dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. For hypersensitive skin washing your foundation brush every couple of days could help reduce breakouts from clogged pores. If, like me, you have splashed on some professional makeup brushes you know they’re an investment. Not only washing but also conditioning, your brushes helps retain their softness. To do this, use extra olive oil after washing your makeup brushes. When brushes are not washed often there can be a continual cycle of swapping bacteria back and forth creating a never-ending cycle of breakouts. We want a polished look with and without makeup and clean and fresh brushes can help achieve this.

We want a polished look with and without makeup

Throw away old skin products
On the back of every product there is a little image of an open jar it usually has a number in or beside it. That is how long you should keep a product for from the moment you open the lid. Our skin is our biggest organ and we absorb so much through it so over the next few months, start cleaning out anything that may have exceeded the stipulated use period. Be sure to take a look at the proper disposal method as you’ll be surprised not every product can simply be put in the bin. This is the perfect time to get rid of the old products, restock on your trusted favourites.

Detox from the inside out
After a heavy holiday season, over the next few months give your body that boost it needs to help you look and feel your best.  We want to be full of energy with skin, hair and nails flourishing. Vitamins are essential to our health and body functions, and vitamin deficiencies can cause adverse effects on the skin. It is possible to get the right number of vitamins you need from food alone but it can be challenging. You can always top up with vitamin supplements, a good multivitamin will have ample amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin K with active B Complex. Vitamin C is found at high levels in the epidermis (outer layer of skin) as well as the dermis (inner layer of skin) so give your body sufficient amounts of this antitoxin. Vitamin E also has antioxidant properties, its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage it also gives hair shine, bounce and stimulates growth.

Declutter your wardrobe
That top is no longer your style and you know those jeans are way too fitted. In 2017, let us not tease ourselves with outfits that we have outgrown in trend, style or size. It may take looking through our clothes and asking some hard questions like:

-When did I last wear this?

-How did it make me feel?

-Is this something I even like anymore?

Looking at a wardrobe full of clothes and still finding nothing to wear doesn’t need to part of your morning routine. Build a wardrobe that weaves together seamlessly and gives you options. Consider building on basics and classic items, minimal and block colours, accessories and bold pieces.

Here’s to taking better care of ourselves both internally and externally.