J & E's New Year's Skin Resolutions
Hello dewy fam, welcome to ~2018~. We apologize for the mini hiatus, we decided to take a little break over the holidays to get some R&R and come into 2018 fresh af. We also REALLY wanted to spend time with each other, our friends and our families without having to worry about writing and blog posts. So, without further ado, let’s make 2018 a good one filled with love, friends and most importantly, dewy skin.
Now, we don’t know about you, but 2017 was...a year - A LOT happened. We’ve both definitely grew up a lot this year but one of the best highlights of 2017 for us was creating Devoted to Dew. We’ve learned so much about the AB community, skin care culture and our own skins. We’ve loved being able to be passionate and creative with something we love and it’s been so gratifying getting to meet other fellow skincare junkies from the AB Community.
Thank you, dear reader, for following us in our skincare journey and sticking around our little corner of the internet filled with reviews and ramblings from two girls 1,200 miles away.
But that’s enough of the heavy stuff, let’s get to the good stuff. We are determined to be good skincare bloggers this year and continue to focus on being our best selves, our skin, and our well-being. We've also thrown in some non-skincare related resolutions because we need to be held accountable to our resolutions.
1. Be More Organized
This year, I really want to focus on organizing my routine and my stash. This means I want to keep track of my entire stash - from opened dates and expiration dates to recording how I felt about a product - and not just when I’m writing a review. I also want to extend this into keeping a skincare diary of my routine and when I do certain steps, etc. I’ve started creating a skincare spreadsheet to keep track of all my products and masks (based on Snow White & the Asian Pear’s awesome one here, but with slight modifications). Snow’s spreadsheet is amazing but a bit of a Goliath, so I’m happy with my Mike Wazowski of a spreadsheet so far. I may hoard, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be organized. I’ll proudly share my skincare spreadsheet with y’all in a future blog post so if that’s something you want to see, let me know!
In terms of storage, I want to effectively use the space I have and not neglect it. 2018 will finally be the year I put my medicine cabinet to good use and have a proper "shelfie".
2. Wash my face
It might sound simple, but there are just those days when I literally can’t even. Honestly, though I have a 10 step routine I will always be a lazy girl at heart, and one thing I struggle with on the daily is simply washing my face. Monday through Friday, when I get going in the morning I have no issues doing my skincare routine. I’ll even sacrifice doing my makeup or hair if I need to spend a few extra minutes on my face. It’s when I return home at night, weary from a long day at work and commuting, that I find myself resistant to spend those 20 minutes (or 40 if I mask) taking care of my skin. The second my head hits my pillow - I’m out. I just need to make sure I do my nighttime routine before I even step foot near my bed. This is a work in progress, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ve committed far too many cardinal sins in 2017 - aka going to bed with makeup on - and I really need to step up my game.
3. Shop smarter and don’t buy into hype
For those of you who follow our Instagram, you may know I’m on a 3-month no-buy (say a little prayer for me.) I’m a sucker for good deals and occasional impulse buys. There’s times I avoid online window shopping altogether just because the temptation is too much. But lately, I've realized deals can be deceiving, or pressure you into buying *now* and then releasing the same deal (or a better one) later. When I shop online, I always feel obligated to spend enough to qualify for free shipping and sadly, Elizabeth and I no longer live close enough where splitting shipping is cost-efficient. Lastly, I just can’t justify buying more products if I don’t even take the time to use my current products. Steps I’m taking to overcome this no-buy are evaluating my current stash and making a wish list of things I want to buy.
The AB industry is always releasing something new to keep up with trends and satisfy consumer needs. When a product gets released, it spreads like wildfire throughout the AB community. This makes it hard to turn a blind eye to that hot new item without experiencing a bit of FOMO. From now on I plan to take a step back to remind myself that this product isn’t going anywhere, it will still be there when I have a need for it and when I finally make a conscious decision to buy it.
4. Sheet more
This is self-explanatory. Again, I can’t replenish my stash and buy more products if I don’t make an effort to use what I currently have. As of this post I have 196 sheet masks in my stash. My goal is to sheet mask at least 3x a week. I sorted my masks by expiration date in my spreadsheet (I know a lot of y’all saw it on Instagram), so that will decide which ones I’ll be using first. Look out for a lot more sheet mask reviews in 2018!
5. Listen to my skin and use effective products
Another big lesson I learned last year was that not all products work for everyone. There’s no one-size fits all when it comes to skincare. It depends on your skin type and preferences, and you can’t just force your skin to accept something it doesn’t agree with - regardless of its cult status. This year I really want to listen to my skin (a la Krave Beauty’s motto) and find what my skin needs. I am very OCD about analyzing ingredient lists, along with doing research before I put something onto my face, but I want to take it to the next level and not buy into anything that isn’t going to benefit my skin. No more buying sheet masks loaded with fragrance and lacking in nourishing ingredients (when I know my skin won't like it) just because they’re cheap. I’m going to stick with ingredients I know my skin loves and double down on buying more effective products when I can. This will be the year of quality over quantity.
6. Eliminate acne scarring
My skin resolutions wouldn’t be complete without mention of reducing my acne-scars and lightening hyperpigmentation. My skin was doing consistently well most of last year, but whenever my diet goes out of whack, my skin follows suit (oh, the joys of hitting your mid-20s). Last year my holy grail product was the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid, but this year I want to seek out products that will prevent and eliminate my acne scarring once and for all. I’ve picked up a few facial oils which will hopefully be a turning point for me, but if anyone has other product recommendations please help ya girl out.
7. Go back to the gym
This is a non-skincare resolution that will help improve my overall skin health. There was a period where I was going to the gym 4-5 times a week consistently over a year. However, I stopped going to the gym and making time for an active lifestyle about halfway through last year because of life's many curveballs. For those that know me personally, you may be aware of what a rough year 2017 was for me. Elizabeth was really there for me last year and I’ll always be grateful for her support. In addition to life, I was completely unprepared for a 5K race last April that resulted in injury, so I basically shelved myself from the gym for the rest of the year and made excuses. This year, I’m ready to get back into it. I've continued to meal prep every weekend but I’m going to make a point to get back to the gym and be active again for myself and my skin. My skin was looking its best when I was constantly getting a workout in, drenching it with sweat, and drinking tons of water to keep hydrated.
8. Drink water
Speaking of keeping hydrated, I think one perk about working in an office is easy access to clean water. I’m pretty good about drinking water but it always helps to keep it on my list. Even if you drink a ton of water, keep in mind that our skin is the very last organ that water will travel to. You can never have enough water and I can attest that it makes a huuuge difference in your skin from the inside out.
1. Use up my stash
Last year, I was all about buying a product literally any time I encountered products even if I hadn’t planned on buying anything. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I was actively using everything I bought but I’m a bit of a hoarder and I tend to buy more stuff before I actually use the stuff I’ve already purchased. My goal this year is to use up all the products I already have before making any more major purchases. I haven’t put myself on a no-buy like Jane has, but I am trying to be more conscious about the number of products I buy and making sure that I use what I buy. Honestly, what’s the point of having a stash if you’re not using all the goodies?
2. Be a little more organized
I have to give props to Jane for the amazing strides she’s keep her stash organized; that’s one of the things I admire the most about Jane is her attention to detail. However, at this time there’s no way I can commit to keeping up with my stash at Jane’s level. So, I’m just determined to keep my stash neat in its shelving, I won’t let it become messy and I’m going to make sure that everything I have isn’t expired. I got into the habit of just throwing stuff into drawers, and not only is that a bad look, I’m not giving my stash (or money) the respect it deserves.
3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
When I lived in California, I was all about keeping my skin bright and blemish free; moisturizing was important to me but not as important as making sure that my skin sparkled in the sunlight. For the first couple of months I lived in Seattle I tried keeping up the same routine I had in California, but I realized that in this climate that wasn’t going to cut it. While my skin isn’t bad right now, I know it could be better and the key to getting my skin where I want it is to moisturize more. I’m going to try to layer moisturizers, use more hydrating masks, face mists and possibly buy a humidifier.
4. Use more toner
We’ve gone on and on about the importance of toning, and it’s the one of the steps I make sure to never forget to do. I’ve done some research about how layering toners can help boost hydration so I’m going to start doing that. I’ve done it for about 2 weeks now, and I have to say, I have felt a difference. My skin definitely feels more hydrated and supple and I’ve had less pimples appear - my complexion has definitely cleared up. I’m excited to see how the rest of the year goes!
5. Exfoliate on a schedule
I’m all for exfoliating but unless I’m actively reviewing a product, I tend to exfoliate when I remember. I’m going to create a schedule for myself in my phone to remind myself when I’m due to exfoliate. I want to do this in order for the products that I layer to absorb better and to help my skin rejuvenate. I’m also going to try and expand the types of exfoliants I use and try out more acid exfoliants since I tend to lean towards manual exfoliants.
6. Work out
Before I moved, I would attend a boot camp class that my former boss’ wife held. I was super committed, I rarely missed a class and let me tell you, my legs got TONED. I let myself go after my move, I’ve made a lot of excuses to not workout: it’s raining, I’m cold, I don’t have time (sorry @be_in_shape_anywhere). My goal is to get back into my workout regimen and be as committed as I was 4 months ago. No more excuses, I want my nice ass legs back.
7. Not drink alcohol
This resolution is an interesting one for me because in general, I’m not a huge drinker. While I do indulge every once in a while, and I have a few crazy stories I would rather take to my grave, I don’t necessarily feel the need to have a drink when I go out. I decided to make this resolution for myself because my body just does not recover like it used to. When I was 21, I could go out on Saturday night, be out all night and still make it to Disneyland the next morning at 6 am without even breaking a sweat. Now, I can’t even finish enjoying a cocktail before I start feeling sick; half a cocktail will give me a headache without fail. I’m going to not drink during 2018 because the secondary effects that alcohol has on my body are not even worth the effort.
8. Try to be more social
Yo, making friends when you’re not in college anymore is hard. Yes, I know I’m in grad school and I’m technically meeting people but it’s not at all the same thing. I’ve found it really hard to make friends in a new city even though I’m in school and constantly meeting people. People in grad school are there for a purpose, and making friends is at the bottom of the list of priorities. No joke, my mom asks me “have you made friends?” at least 3 times a week.
I’m not super outgoing, I’ve never been able to just walk up to someone and strike a conversation. I have to warm up and get comfortable before I can get going. It’s been really hard being in a new city when most of my friends are still in San Diego. In 2017, I had to end some friendships with people I used to talk to literally every day from sunrise to sundown and I’ve found it kind of hard to cope with it. And of course, even though Jane and I talk every day, it’s not at all the same but we try to cope.
With all of this, I really want to work on making friends here in WA and having a support system. I want to get out more (even if it’s by myself) and get to know more of Seattle. While school is my #1 priority right now, I don’t want it to be the only thing that I focus on. I really want to work on being able to talk to people more easily and not hiding behind my phone to avoid awkward silences. If anyone lives in Seattle, hit your girl up!
9. Make my bed everyday
I know it sounds like such a small, dumb thing but I'm so bad about making my bed. When I do make my bed, I feel so relaxed just by walking into my room so I want to have that feeling everyday.
Again, we would like to thank the Dewy Family for your love and support. It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to meet everyone in the AB Community and we really can’t wait to see how we and the community grow in 2018.
We have some ideas on the direction we want to take Devoted to Dew but we would love to hear your ideas because ultimately, we’re doing this for as much for you as for ourselves. What type of content do you want to see in the year ahead? Feel free to comment below, email, DM, or tweet us!
SO...MUCH LOVE & STAY DEWY,
Jane & Elizabeth