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Beauty resolutions you need to make for new year

What are the tweaks, tips and fixes that will rejuvenate your skin and hair for the new year? Katie Wright reports

We asked experts how to rescue your skin and hair from the ravages of party season and put in place the habits that will make 2018 your most beautiful year yet...

1. Pay attention to your hands.

Dr Sam Bunting, a Harley Street cosmetic dermatologist, advises: "Get into the habit of wearing sunscreen on them daily (a moisturiser can double as hand cream) and rub any residual anti-ageing products onto the backs of your hands, rather than the palms."

2. Don't neglect your neck

"Or your decolletage, for that matter," Dr Bunting warns. "Everything should match from the face down to the chest so the same rules apply here, in terms of sunscreen use and topical antioxidants."

3. Give your hair a break

"Make this year's New Year resolution to turn down the heat on your hair - put the straighteners away in the cupboard and see how long you can last," advises trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver from The Cotswold Trichology Centre and Theradome GB.

"This will not only save your hair from heat destruction and improve your hair condition but you may also open up a world of new styles."

4. Don't scrimp on the SPF

Speaking of sunscreen, aesthetic doctor Dr Christine Or, founder of Dr Christine Medical Aesthetics, says you shouldn't leave home without it: "Wear at least SPF 30 every day throughout the year, even on cloudy and rainy days as damaging UV rays can penetrate through cloud. They can also penetrate glass, so you still need to protect your skin daily."

Try this: Beauty Pie Super Retinol Ceramide-Boost Anti-Aging Face Serum, £9.73 for members (£80 for non members).

5. Give your scalp some TLC

"Swap your comb for a large paddle brush," GHD UK ambassador Zoe Irwin advises. "Sweeping your paddle brush along the scalp lightly can help stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp." Try this: GHD Paddle Brush, £20.

"Healthy hair starts at the scalp," agrees Paul Windle, hairdresser and co-founder of Windle & Moodie. "Go that one step further and massage in your shampoo and let it work its magic for up to two minutes. Rinse thoroughly to unclog pores and get rid of excess build up to promote hair growth."

Try this: Windle and Moodie Healthy Head and Hair Treatment Shampoo, £22.

6. Repair your hair

Louise Jenkins, Great Lengths education and creative manager, says: "Invest in a treatment programme, such as BIO A+O.E.'s 02 Restructuring Programme. Using active plant ingredients, the three-step system works to detoxify hair from chemicals and return it to its natural condition."

Try this: BIO A+O.E. 02 Restructuring Shampoo, £15.79, available in selected Great Lengths salon.

7. Fill up on fats (the good kind)

"My top tip for achieving healthy skin is to avoid low fat diets," says celebrity skin expert Abigail James. "Your body needs healthy fats for healthy cell function. Also choose products that are kinder to skin with fewer chemical ingredients." Try this: Sanex Zero% Sensitive Skin Shower Gel, £2.29, Boots.

8. Mask your hair damage

Celebrity colourist Daniel Galvin says: "Using a nourishing hair mask will help keep hair in optimum health. A great tip is after you go for a gym session, smooth my Organic Head Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque through the mid lengths to the ends of the hair."

Try this: Daniel Galvin Jr Organic Head Argan Oil Detox Hair Masque, £7.

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