This year started like any other: I was excited about the fresh start and trying to drum up a few resolutions. These included banning sugar from my diet, swapping takeout meals for home cooked ones (with me being that cook!) and using cash more than credit cards. But then a friend told me about her resolutions: to deep condition her hair weekly and color her own hair. This made me realize that resolutions don’t have to mean deprivation! They can be beautiful, too. Forget giving up sugar and credit cards; I resolve to do a few things that will make me look better than ever! For a few ideas, I chatted with experts in the world of beauty—from makeup artists to celebrity manicurists to dermatologists—to see what their goals are for 2012. Read on for a few ideas of your own!
Get My Rub On
"To try to have a massage every two weeks and to apply hand lotion and cuticle cream as much as I can!"
--Essie Weingarten, founder and creative director of EssieSleep More
“My personal resolution for 2012 is to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. The term ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t just an old wives tale. When the body is deprived of sleep, it generates stress hormones that can increase inflammation in the body. That inflammation leads to breakouts, blotchy skin and dark circles under the eyes—all things I want to prevent.”
— Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C.Pre-Schedule Facials
“I’m adamant about getting facials once a month so securing my appointments with my aesthetician for the year in advance is at the top of my list.”
— Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk BeautyStay Healthy
“My beauty resolution for 2012 is to improve my healthier lifestyle—like trying to choose healthier snacks and to remember my rule to only eat sitting down—and make sure that I don't slip back into older, bad habits like eating standing up and on-the-go!!”
— Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of luxury nail, hand and foot care productsLoad Up On Fruits and Veggies
“My personal beauty resolution for 2012 is to eat a diet that is more plant-based and less red meat and dairy. Fruits and vegetables contain virtually all the antioxidants we need for beautiful, healthy skin, hair and nails. Though you can get them from supplements, my goal is to get them directly from the source.”
— Dermatologist Doris Day, MD, director of Day Dermatology & Aesthetics and author of Forget the FaceliftGet Acupuncture...Weekly
"2012 is about maintaining a clean flow of energy internally and externally. I recently started acupuncture and it’s changed the way I feel. I intend to go weekly to stay grounded and healthy."
— Anastasia Soare, brow and beauty expert and creator of Anastasia Beverly HillsGet Back to Basics
“My resolutions are pretty simple, so important and seem surprisingly hard to do: wash my face thoroughly every night—the best way to get all the day's grime off even if you don't wear makeup—and floss once a day. Flossing is important to maintain healthy gums and who knew it helps with good breath too?”
— Raychel Wade, makeup artist and owner of Cheek to ChicTry an Organic Facial
“In 2012, I’m going to take better care of my skin. This year, I plan to go to Joanna Vargas who does an all-natural, organic facial treatment with no chemicals.”
— Dr. Frank Lipman, Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness CenterSip Tea Daily
“I intend to return to my love of tea—especially green tea, preferably iced. When I drink green tea, I find that my skin looks better, I tend to be healthier and it’s a diuretic!”— Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani Celebrity Makeup Artist