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A New Year, A Fresh Start for Your Skincare Routine

It's always a good idea to cover all basics when it comes to your New Year's resolutions – Make a few lifestyle changes, a couple of health improvements, a few fun-related resolutions, and, of course, let's not forget the New Year's resolution for healthy, happy skin!

Trends come and go, but clean, healthy, glowing skin is always in. It's the one thing that will never go out of style. The New Year reminds us that it's time to reevaluate our skincare routines and set new healthy goals.

2023 is here and in full force, and that can mean only one thing – it's time to iron out those New Year's resolutions.

Instead of swearing off that yummy chocolate or ice cream, why not try an achievable goal this year? One that isn't about banishing what you love from your life and instead about adding some love to your life and taking care of yourself a little more! 

So, make your New Year's resolutions about your skin and focus on improving your skincare routine to give yourself healthier skin that will make you glow all year round.

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You deserve to look and feel your best, but if your skincare routine lacks all-natural, goat milk goodness, you may need a little extra help from us here at Bend Soap Company. Here are some tips to step up that brand-new skincare routine for 2023: 

Out with the Old 

While opting out of chemical-laden food seems like a no-brainer, another "not-so-obvious" industry affects our daily lives. Whether it's hand soaps, body wash, lotion, shampoo, or even make-up, most skincare products on our shopping shelves carry some of the most toxic and hazardous chemicals out there.

Just think about it: your morning routine alone may consist of at least six different personal care products – toothpaste, face cleanser, body wash, lotion, deodorant, and maybe even a spritz of toxic perfume. 

On average, the Environmental Working Group reports that women use 12 personal care products daily, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients! Now, that's a lot of harmful components to be applied to our skin daily. Yuck!

These ingredients, such as parabens, formaldehyde, and carbon black – which are unfortunately found in many of America's cosmetic products today – have been linked to some pretty serious health concerns, such as cancer, hormonal imbalances (endocrine disruptors), and respiratory issues, and that's to name a few.

As the body's largest organ, your skin is frequently exposed to dust and pollutants. While it's highly capable of shielding you from harmful chemicals, it's unable to protect you from synthetic ingredients found in these hazardous skincare products.

Lotions, bath bombs, body washes, and deodorants are all absorbed into your body minutes after skin application. All-natural skincare is vital and becoming widely popular because it doesn't contain compounds that may harm you with long-term use. 

It's crucial to switch to all-natural, clean skincare, as most users consider beauty and personal care products essential in their everyday lives.

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Go All-Natural (and Clean) with Your Skincare

So, going the all-natural skincare route means saving your skin from being exposed to harsh and toxic chemicals that are harmful to your body.

By switching to all-natural goat milk products, you're choosing healthier, happier skin. Start a skin revolution using gentle products with superior quality ingredients containing vitamins and minerals that the body recognizes and absorbs as nutrients. Much like a diet of non-GMO food, all-natural skincare and beauty products feed and nourish your skin in a way that leaves it much healthier over time. Now, that's quite a way to resolve in the New Year. 

Using all-natural ingredients means that our products are less likely to cause unwanted side effects or skin damage with long-term use while being just as potent and effective as their synthetic counterparts. So, none of those crazy, scary health concerns we mentioned earlier. 

And because they don't contain artificial colors, fragrances, and synthetic preservatives, your skin is less susceptible to irritations and allergic reactions.

Remember, there's no need to complicate things, and it's best to stick to the basics. Plants and all-natural ingredients have been used for their aesthetic and therapeutic properties for centuries, but synthetic products stole the spotlight for several years.

However, as consumers are moving to prioritize their health, it's not surprising that the demand for all-natural, clean, and safe skincare products continues to rise. If you love your body, you shouldn't wait any longer to make the simple switch to a Bend Soap skincare routine.

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Understanding Your Skincare Products 

You should establish a good skincare routine with all-natural ingredients if you want clear, even-toned, healthy skin.

Your products should be natural yet effective and contain no harsh sulfates or harmful chemical by-products. These chemicals may dry out the skin and increase the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, making you look older than your actual age.

Do your research and learn more about the ingredients used in your and your family's daily routines. The more you know, the more confident you'll be with your new and improved skincare routine. 

Remember to give it time. Any time you radically change your skincare routine, there's a bit of an adjustment period.

Almost every product on the market requires a certain amount of time before it really starts showing results, and there is a science to it, after all. The problem is that many of us become impatient and figure the product doesn't work after a short time when we just haven't given it a chance.

You might notice differences when you first switch – This is normal.

The good news is that we are adaptable creatures and can also adapt to natural ingredients.

When we switch to more straightforward, natural ingredients, sometimes we can react oddly as our bodies reconnect with their natural equilibrium.

Instead of taking this as a sign that your skin doesn't "like" this new product, try giving it a couple of weeks. Give your body a chance to shift back into its natural balance.

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Simplify, Don't Overcomplicate 

Our lives can often get so busy, and if skincare seems too complicated, we can often neglect to look after our skin.

And making the big jump to a natural skincare routine can be overwhelming with all the different choices there are today.

Make your New Year's Resolution stick by breaking it down into simple, easy-to-achieve steps.

Keeping your skin healthy and glowing can become a series of steps. In recent years, the 12-step skincare routine has become a popular trend. Still, as people become overwhelmed with toxic products in their vanities, they've started to declutter everything in their lives – including the steps in their skincare routines.

Many people don't realize that you can actually end up irritating your skin if your skincare routine is just way too complicated. Overcomplicating your skincare routine can result in a myriad of skin issues with damage that you didn't have before, rendering your products ineffective.

We like to use the term "less, but better" – Shop for products by choosing better formulations featuring nourishing, all-natural ingredients and multiple benefits. 

Also, look for products that are multipurpose to save time and money!

Bottomline, try to keep your skincare routine simple and achievable. The last thing you want to do is make it so complicated that you never follow through. A few steps in the morning and a few at night are plenty! Add something a little extra when you have time, like an exfoliation session. 

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Fuel Your Skin from the Inside-Out 

Remember, the overall state of your health shows up on your skin. Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.

It's no secret that drinking lots of water is excellent for your overall health, but it's especially great for your skin. Your skin often reacts to your body's dehydration, causing it to flake or break out.

Besides drinking plenty of water, there are other small steps you can take to improve the appearance of your skin. 

Physical activity gets the blood pumping through your body, causing increases in oxygen flow to your body, including your skin. Sweating helps push out impurities and cleanses the pores. Incorporate some mild to moderate exercise into your daily routine, and in addition to the health benefits of exercise, it will also provide your skin with a rosy complexion. The long-term benefits of exercise include clear, vibrant skin.  

Get your sleep too! The body makes necessary repairs when you're sleeping, including repairs to your skin. Seven to eight hours of sleep is the recommendation for adults to give your body and your skin ample time to make the necessary repairs. 

Finally, your diet plays a significant role in nourishing your skin – Cutting down on processed foods high in sugar and salt will help return some of the skin's vitality. Eating plenty of foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, will help restore or maintain clear, healthy, glowing skin. 

If you apply some or all of these tips as lifestyle changes, you will start to see improvements in your skin.

Back to You

Hopefully, we've inspired you to create your own set of New Year's resolutions for your skin. 

So, are you ready to set your New Year's skincare resolutions? Taking care of yourself and your skin is always worth the time because you wear your skin all year and through every season!

From daily maintenance practices like applying our best-selling goat milk lotion to exfoliating just a couple of times a week with our luxurious all-natural body scrubs, your skin will be glowing and radiant in no time!


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