There is an abundance of beauty hacks, quick fixes and tips available online about how to look your best every day. And while everyone has their own beauty routine, there are just some things that you cannot skimp on, especially when it comes to getting naturally radiant skin, hair and nails everyday.
I’ve decided to put a general blog post together, featuring a few things to include in your daily routine that you should be aware of.
Some of them are just little tips I’ve picked up along the years… but it’s a nice way of holding all my tips and tricks in one little place. So here we go:
The skin is the largest organ of the body and requires TLC everyday. If you neglect to look after your skin, the chances of reversing the damage are quite slim, especially if you enjoy baking in the sun on the beach. Pigmentation is a bugger to get rid of.
Acne scars are also another consequence you may face if you have not taken the time to address the problem and if you are secretly guilty of not washing your face or makeup brushes.
The easiest way to invest in your skin is to sustain a healthy diet by eating foods that are high in omega-3’s, antioxidants and vitamins. For more information about what to eat, check out Authority Health, a handy platform with the latest health news you don’t want to miss out on. They also say dairy is bad for your skin when it comes to breakouts. It’s not been proven, but worth eliminating if you have tried everything else (it worked for me…)
For healthy, glowing and radiant skin make sure you:
- Wash your beauty tools and makeup brushes as recommended after you have used them.
- Always, ALWAYS apply a high SPF sunscreen, especially on your face.
- Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! This applies to your neck as well. Never forget that neck!
- Never go to bed with makeup on, make a point to wash it off.
- Give your face a break. If you are just popping out to the shops or lazing around at home, try to avoid applying any makeup.
- Exfoliate regularly to remove any dead skin or dirt that has been building up.
- Develop good sleeping habits. Dark circles, and dehydrated skin are never a good look.
A quick fix with a hair iron is not going to help you if your hair is dry, damaged and brittle. Any hairstyle you choose is not going to be flattering if you have split ends or your hair has thinned out thanks to excessive use of hair dye and styling tools.
We do not pay enough attention to caring for our hair and we put it through a lot of torture to look our best. Not to worry, there are ways you can repair your hair from root to tip just by paying attention to the finer details.
These are a few tips for healthier looking locks:
- Brush from the ends to the roots, it’s easier to detangle your hair from the ends and less damaging.
- Use a paddle brush or detangling brush if you have knotty hair – I can’t rave about the Tangle Teazer enough
- Don’t over wash your hair, as over washing your hair can strip it of essential oils. Try opting for a good dry shampoo to use in between washes to keep your hair fresh and oil free. Aim for every 3 days if you can (although I can’y talk as I currently do every two)
- Always apply a heat protector spray before using any styling tool.
- Avoid tight ponytails and braids. This can lead to breakage and split ends.
- Don’t over bleach your hair – try using highlights as well.
- Give your hair a break from styling every now and then. Wash it and let it hang naturally without applying any heat or tying it up.
- Conditioner should only be applied to the middle shaft and ends of your hair. Applying it to the scalp results in hair looking oily and flat.
There is no doubt that a perfect manicure completes any look, however, nail tools and polishes can lead to some nasty fungal infections if they have not been used or cleaned correctly. Hands and feet that have not been moisturised often can lead to dry cracked heels, hangnails and flaky, brittle nail beds.
Here are a few tips for healthier hands and feet:
- Give your nails a break from polish, gel or acrylic products. The nail bed needs a chance to “breathe”. It also prevents the nail from becoming yellow.
- Sanitize your equipment, this includes your nail files, clippers, and buffers. If you are getting a mani at the salon, make sure you ask them to sanitize the equipment in front of you. The salon may look clean but bacteria can still be left on the tools especially on a busy day.
- I’ll say it again, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize.
- Use a nail brush every day to get any unwanted dirt out from underneath your nail.
- Always use a base coat. This helps to protect the nail polish from penetrating the nail and prevents it from turning yellow.
- Wear the right shoes. This is vital for your foot health as tight fitting or uncomfortable shoes can lead to many problems. Blisters, corns and ingrown toenails are just the start of these problems, it can also lead to back pain and bad posture.
There you go, just a few simple, basic points to kick-start your self care beauty journey…