Start the new year as you mean to go on, and make your skin health a priority. In this article, we give you several quick and simple tips to keep your skin bright and supple all year long.

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Make taking care of your skin the coming year’s goal.

Every year, thousands of people try to improve their lives with new year's resolutions, but only 8% of them actually keep to these self-imposed rules. Setting yourself small, attainable goals is the way to go, in order to definitively make a difference. We’ve come up with some easily-implementable skincare resolutions that will get your beauty routine back on track.

Achieving beautiful skin doesn’t happen overnight – the earlier you start a skincare regime, the better your skin will look years from now. Go for a specialised programme, dependent on your skin type, and remember that prevention is key. Start off the year with confidence born from fresh, younger-looking skin by making a few changes to your routine and choosing trusted, award-winning products.

Read on for five skincare tips and tricks to make sure you get the best out of your skin in the new year.

Indulge in (Makeup-Less) Beauty Sleep

If you’re feeling tired, you skin will let everyone know. For photogenic, beautiful skin, a little more sleep is probably the answer, helping you to achieve that happy, healthy glow. It will also prevent dark circles, pale skin and other signs that you're still feeling shattered from the night before.

Making sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night is one of the best things that you can do for your skin. If you stick to six or less, not only will you wake up with dull skin and an exhaustion-induced migraine, but you'll be missing out on optimal REM sleep that helps your skin recover from a busy day. Not getting enough sleep also prevents proper blood flow, leaving skin looking tired, as well as limiting the amount of melatonin and growth hormones produced that will protect the skin. Your skin will also produce more collagen while you're asleep, leaving skin plump and renewed. If you skip out on sleep, you'll miss out on these benefits and leave skin dry, with visible wrinkles.

If there's one rule to follow, most experts will agree: no matter how tired, always remove your makeup before dropping off. This will allow skin to breathe and renew itself during the night, as by forgetting to do this could well lead to clogged pores and notorious blackheads. Forgoing a cleansing routine can also exacerbate acne, as dirt and dead skin cells will remain clogging up the skin, leading to worsening skin conditions. Leave your skin feeling refreshed by making this part of your nightly routine – your skin will thank you in the morning. Keep a bottle of makeup remover on your bedside table in case you just can't make it to your skincare stash.  

Go for More Facials

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Start off the new year with fresh skin (and a resolution to keep it that way) with a rejuvenating facial. While they might seem like an occasional luxury, regular facials are a skincare necessity. The esthetician will deeply cleanse your skin, professionally unblocking pores and removing built-up dirt. This will allow moisturisers, creams and serums that you use as part of your daily routine to further penetrate the skin, giving you better results, as well as causing your makeup to go on smoother.

In the new year and with cooler weather, a finishing mask will generally be applied to properly hydrate your skin against the winter cold. Facials are also incredibly relaxing, and generally accompanied by a relaxing massage; perfect for a little me-time to start the year off right. While most experts encourage their clients to go for facials once or twice a month, getting a facial at least every three to four months (as the seasons change) should prepare your skin to battle the elements.

Bioeffect have teamed up with leading spas to provide you with all the rejuvenating benefits of our EGF products coupled with a relaxing, restorative facial. For a city-based treat, Santi London offer an exclusive EGF Serum Facial that combines the power of EGF with pulsating oxygen for a beautifully glowing complexion. If you have more time, why not indulge in a spa day at Hartwell House that includes one of three Bioeffect treatments: the Cellular Hydration Facial for improving circulation and restoring firmness, the Refresh and Glow Express for anti-ageing exfoliation, or the Ultimate Experience Treatment to leave ultra-pampered.  

Reassess Your Skincare Routine

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If you've not yet started a daily skincare routine, then it's time that you make one and stick to it. Start off by getting rid of old products, particularly those older than a year or past their expiry date, as these are hotbeds for bacteria. Some estheticians recommend that you start wearing anti-aging products from your early 20s to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Pair these with an SPF-infused moisturizer for daily use. Consult an expert for advice and shape your new year routine to fit your skin type, be it oily or dry.
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. Keep your skincare regime strictly simple or you'll never stick to it, and once you've made your choice, don't go making massive changes – routine is everything.

Fancy starting your new year's resolutions a little early this festive season? Our award-winning Xmas Discovery Set is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the Bioeffect brand and see what the science of EGF can do for your skin. This incredible set includes our flagship EGF Serum to revitalize your skin's natural renewal properties, our fast-acting EGF Day Serum for the perfect pore-reducing primer, and our Volcanic Exfoliator to cleanse skin thoroughly and allow serums to fully penetrate the skin. The perfect kit to achieve flawless skin.

Look After Your Under Eyes

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The delicate skin under your eyes needs a specialist skincare routine because of its fragility; this is also one of the first places that signs of aging will begin to show. The skin here is very thin and loses elasticity quickly, leading to puffy eyes or dark circles. In winter, the skin under your eyes can also become especially dry. But there are a few skincare tips to keep your under eyes looking bright and refreshed.

Be careful when you take off makeup, particularly mascara. It may seem like the only way to remove particularly waterproof mascara is to scrub without pause, but you're actually damaging your skin and can even lose lashes by doing this. Eliminate stubborn mascara or eyeliner without sacrificing skincare by soaking a cotton pad with makeup remover (preferably specially-made for eyes!), pressing it onto the lid and lashes for thirty seconds and then gently wiping away the makeup, making sure to follow the natural lash direction.

For a quick fix when puffy eyes will ruin your plans, pop your eye cream in the fridge. Not only will the cream's properties hydrate your eyes but the cooling effect will lessen their tired redness by boosting circulation. A similar effect can be achieved with cucumber slices, perfect for an impromptu home spa day or relaxing bath.

To get the best possible results, our EGF Eye Mask Treatment is the perfect hydrating boost for tired eyes. To revitalize skin and reduce redness, this outstanding treatment contains our bestselling EGF Eye Serum to specifically target collagen production around the eye area, as well as six pairs of hydrogel eye masks to restore a radiant complexion.  

Keep Tools Clean

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They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so use your new year resolutions to make cleaning your makeup brushes a staple of your week. While they may look neat and tidy, the bristles can become easily filled with germs and bacteria that are then transferred to the skin. If you use your brushes daily, you should be washing them on a weekly basis (more if you suffer from acne).

Cleaning your makeup brushes is an incredibly quick task: all you'll need is a gentle cleanser (baby shampoo is also a firm favourite) and a small bowl filled with lukewarm water. Rinse your brush to remove any residual makeup, add the cleanser or shampoo to the bowl and dip the brush in to wash, then rinse again under running water. Your germ-free brushes can air-dry laid flat.

Making sure that your brushes are washed regularly will not only make them hygienic to use, leading to less breakouts and cleaner skin, but your brushes will stay softer for longer and apply makeup more smoothly.

Looking after your skin is one of the smartest decisions you can make this year. These skincare tips will help you to get your daily routine back on track, giving you a beautifully clear complexion to carry you through the year.
This new year, put your skin first.