Just Relax: 10 New Year’s Resolutions You Will Actually Keep
As evidenced by last year’s unused gym membership, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. What starts as a fresh outlook soon morphs into the everyday grind, dwindling our motivation to continue doing the things that are good for us.
Don’t let last year’s backslide get you down, though. Set yourself up for success with simple but meaningful changes to your routine. From your beauty stash to your snack habits, even small improvements can have positive effects on your overall health and happiness. We’re declaring 2018 the year of conscious consuming, and sharing the tools that will keep us on track.
Resolution: Never fall asleep with makeup on. Find a cleanser that you enjoy using and makeup removal will seem less of a chore. Tata Harper’s gentle, exfoliating formula restores your glow without stripping your skin. Free of soaps, alcohols and detergents, you can indulge guilt-free while purifying your skin with fresh enzymes, clays and essential oils. In the morning, your pores will appear visibly smaller and your skin, positively radiant.
Resolution: More natural beauty. Want to green-up your makeup kit? This richly pigmented lipstick by RMS is a great place to start. It’s infused with their good-for-you Beauty Oil and hydrates your lips while offering antioxidant protection. Best of all, this natural lipstick is comfortable enough to wear daily and fades evenly, so you don’t have to worry about the color bleeding.
Resolution: Eat more vegetables. Boost your daily intake with an ultra-convenient, 10-calorie supplement packed with essential vitamins and nutritious greens—including spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and aloe vera. Drop one effervescent tablet into a glass of water and sip your way to good health.
Resolution: Go au naturale. Not all natural deodorants are created equal, which is why we love Agent Nateur’s long-lasting formula made with food-grade ingredients like organic coconut oil and beeswax. The subtle eucalyptus scent will mask odors gently and is free of aluminum, sulfates and parabens.
Resolution: Be more like Gwyneth Paltrow. (We’re aiming high—call it our moonshot.) Elevate your consciousness with a cosmic blend of herbs and mushrooms proven to nourish the mind, body and soul. Pour one sachet from your Moon Dust sampler into any hot or cold beverage (you can even add it to your morning latte) and feel aligned, blissful and energized to take on the day.
Resolution: More “me” time. Make your self-care more green with a naturally derived, rejuvenating soak. Designed to detoxify your skin, improve circulation and relieve aching muscles, Indie Lee’s blend of mineral-rich salts and oils will help you recenter for the year ahead—not to mention, it smells divine.
Resolution: Make sustainable choices. We’re with you, which is why we love Matt & Nat’s faux-leather mini backpack. The lining is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, proving that environmentally friendly is functional and ultrachic.
Resolution: Practice safe sunning. You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth mentioning again: aging gracefully starts with daily sun protection. Chantecaille’s highly effective and lightweight formula works like a makeup primer while guarding your delicate complexion against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Infused with soothing botanicals and antioxidants, this mattifying SPF works overtime to promote a firm, wrinkle-free complexion.
Resolution: Drink more water. Easy, thanks to this pearlescent stunner by S’well. The double-walled stainless-steel bottle keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours, cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, is easy to clean and looks incredibly cool as you carry it around—which you’ll have to do to keep up with your daily quota.
Resolution: Don’t kill anymore houseplants. You needn’t be blessed with a green thumb to keep your succulents healthy; you just need Sophie Lee’s book. In it, she guides you through living with plants and includes projects adapted to use the equipment you already have lying around from your less-than-successful houseplants of 2017.