Your skin needs moisture to stay healthy, even if you have oily skin. If you are concerned about over moisturizing and looking oily, consider a product that is made for your specific skin type (oily, acne prone, dry, combination, sensitive, etc.)Don’t forget to look for a lotion with SPF, as well. Lotions with SPF help to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations and help to reduce the appearance of redness and blotchiness. Furthermore, a lotion with SPF helps slow down the development of wrinkles and aging prematurely.
Exfoliating Do’s and Don’ts
Exfoliating your face removes dead skin and daily buildup (sweat, oil, dirt, etc.), making your skin look and feel smoother. However, you should use caution, when exfoliating, as it can do just as much harm as good.
When you use an exfoliator, you can tear apart your skin, especially if you exfoliate aggressively or too frequently. Too much exfoliation can cause dehydration, flaking, redness, and inflammation. Try limiting your exfoliating routine to 1-2 times a week.
Don’t Wash your Hair Every Day
Experts agree, only a small group may need to shampoo every day, such as those with very fine hair, someone who exercises or sweats frequently, or those living in an excessively humid environment. Shampoo can be harsh on your hair, leaving it feeling dry, and even damaged. Furthermore, over-shampooing can actually cause your scalp to produce more oil!
Instead of rushing to the shower, consider using a dry shampoo the next time your hair feels a little too oily. If you don’t have a dry shampoo, or simply don’t like it, you can use baby powder as a substitute. Simply sprinkle the baby powder into your roots and brush it through to the ends. Not only will it help absorb excess oil, but it will add volume and make your hair look freshly washed.
If you are someone who colors or dyes your hair, shampooing daily can lead increased “color fade”. The less you wash your hair, the longer your color will last.
YouTube, Instagram, and other social media outlets are full of beauty experts, each sharing their own, personal ideas, tips and tricks. But, these social media style sources can be discouraging, and often times, inaccurate.
Many seeking to improve their physical appearance will compare themselves to these beauty queens (and kings), giving in to the social media “pressure to be perfect”. This can lead to misguided feelings of loss and inadequacy, and in severe cases, depression and anxiety. If you, or someone you know, feel like that may be happening to you, stop watching these videos, and seek help.
Remember, embracing your individuality will always help to be the best “you” that you can be!
What the “Pluck”
We’ve all done it…and regretted it. Over plucking, or over tweezing your eyebrows can result in thin, sparse, and misshapen brows. Ingrown hairs, follicle damage, and even infection are all common side effects of getting a little “pluck happy”.
If you happen to be guilty of this bad habit, take a step away from the mirror as you are grooming. If you still can’t help yourself from over tweezing, consider eliminating your “in home” brow maintenance all together and switching to a professional option.
If you are currently dealing with over plucked brows, fear not. There are a few things you can do to improve their appearance while you wait for them to grow back. Try using brow powder to fill in areas that look sparse and unsightly. Choose a color shade that is slightly darker than your hair color. Apply with an eyebrow brush, making light, small strokes in the same direction has your hair growth.
Remove your Makeup!
Wash your makeup off every night before bed. If you are too tired by the end of the day, try keeping makeup wipes in your nightstand for easy access. Wearing your makeup to bed causes extensive damage to your skin during the night, including wrinkles and aging prematurely.
Moreover, sleeping in your makeup can lead to infections. Throughout the day, your makeup accumulates germs, especially mascara and eyeliners. Your eyes are a very sensitive area, and can easily become infected or inflamed due to excessive exposure to germs and bacteria. Sleeping in your makeup allows germs to multiply in and around your eyes.
Trim your Hair Often
You should get your hair trimmed (approximately) every 6-8 weeks. This will help prevent split ends, which make can make your hair unhealthy and unmanageable. Trimming split ends and unhealthy hair will reduce breakage and flyaways, and can even make your hair appear thicker and shinier.
On average, hair grows ½ inch per month. By trimming your hair ¼ inch or so, every 6-8 weeks, you could potentially grow your hair 4 ½ inches longer every year!
Clean your Makeup Brushes
Dirty makeup brushes become more abrasive and dry as they accumulate buildup. Cleaning your brushes regularly will help keep them soft, resulting in less damage to your skin and face. Additionally, dirty makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and lead to more frequent breakouts, skin damage, and even infection.
It is recommended that you clean your makeup brushes at least once a week. Whether you use soap designed for your brushes, antibacterial soap, or a DIY recipe, your face, and your makeup brushes will thank you!
Less is More
If you are new to wearing makeup or are trying to learn new application techniques, remember, less is more. Master your foundation and mascara, first. Then, move on to more intricate areas, such as eyeliner and lipstick.
Attempting a complete look, as an amateur, will likely be frustrating, and time-consuming. Don’t rush, don’t get discouraged, and most importantly, don’t give up!
Beat the Heat
Always use heat protection on your hair! Whether you favor a flat iron or a curling iron, styling your hair with heat can lead to breakage, split ends, and frizz. All of which will leave your hair looking dull, dry, and lifeless.
Even if you are only using a hair dryer, you are still damaging your hair. Blow drying your hair frequently may cause it to become dehydrated and brittle. If you introduce excessive brushing or combing into the equation, you are almost certain to have significant hair breakage and damage.
A heat protectant adds moisture to your hair while forming a protective barrier that prevents moisture loss that typically occurs when heat is applied. Your locks will look and feel silkier and smoother, with the addition of a heat protectant. Most importantly, your hair will actually be healthier.
Check the Expiration Date!?
Yes! Believe it or not, your makeup and skincare products do expire! This varies depending on the product. For instance, mascara typically expires after only a couple months, whereas eye shadow, bronzer, and blush can last up to two years!
If you start to notice your mascara clumping or your lipstick has become dry and waxy, it’s probably passed the expiration date. Toss any product that smells “off”, has changed color or texture, or appears to have separated.
Do you have a Pen?
Do you struggle with liquid eyeliner? Try using a pen or pencil liner instead! Liquid liner can be a bit tricky to apply, and definitely require a good bit of practice. Pen and pencil liners are much easy to apply and tend to have a longer shelf life than most liquid liners.
You might also consider trying a gel eyeliner. Like a pencil liner, a gel liner is easy to apply. But, like a liquid liner, a gel liner is able to create a more dramatic and dark line. You could also try, my personal favorite, a powder eyeliner. Most comparable to a pencil liner, a powder liner is quick and easy to use. It’s perfect for those who desire a polished yet subtle look.
Prevent the Problem
Did you know that the area surrounding your eyes is the first to show signs of aging? When it comes to eye creams and moisturizers, sooner is always better. It is much easier to prevent wrinkles now, rather than repair them later. Eye creams lock in moisture, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You should start using eye cream in your 20’s, if not sooner. This is especially critical if you have a dry skin type or dark circles.
While using an eye cream is important, don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to purchase a fancy or expensive product. Any moisturizer (including coconut oil) will be effective in maintaining moisture around your eyes. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, can also help prevent the breakdown of collagen over time.
Looking good is about more than taking care of your body, externally. Shiny hair and strong nails are signs of a healthy body. The healthier you are, on the inside, the healthier you will look, on the outside! If you want to look and feel good, eating a well-balanced diet, rich in vitamins and nutrients, is a great start.
Vitamin H can improve splitting or thinning hair, and helps to strengthen nails. To encourage hair growth, try consuming more vitamin B. Eggs, almonds, avocados, and salmon, are all great sources. If you suffer from hang nails, consider increasing your vitamin C intake, or consuming more citrus fruits.
Be Thirsty…in a Good Way
A desire to learn is a never bad thing. Help change the “thirsty” stereotype into a positive by thirsting for knowledge…not attention. The next time you find yourself at the salon or beauty parlor, don’t be afraid to ask a professional for advice.
Ask them what they recommend for you, as well as their own personal preferences. If you are concerned about the price of their recommendations, be honest, and say so. Often times, a similar, yet a more reasonably priced product can be recommended as a substitute. Keep an open mind, when receiving professional advice, and be willing to try new things. You just might surprise yourself!