The word ‘beautiful’ can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. There is no set standard of beauty, and no one should tell you otherwise. Instead of focusing on the ways that you can mask certain features or use makeup to change the way you look, it’s more important to focus on the ways that you can accentuate the natural beauty that is already a part of you. By taking care of your body and mind, you’ll radiate beauty without even trying.
There are ways to keep your skin, hair and nails healthy, as well as ways to cleanse your body through the food that you eat. These are beauty tips and tricks that will last a lifetime. Though we’ll go through a handful of them, it’s important to note that if you believe you are beautiful, others will believe it too.
Do you find yourself yanking your brush through your hair every morning, feeling as though you’re losing half your hair in the battle against knots and split ends? Though keeping your hair clean is an important part of keeping it healthy and luscious, there are certain ways to go about it that won’t damage your hair in the long term.
- Don’t wash your hair every day! If your hair tends to get greasy after one day of not showering, it’s probably because you’re showering too much. Every time you shampoo your hair you’re stripping it of its natural oils, which makes your scalp think that it needs to produce more oils in order to make up for it. If you start washing your hair every three days instead of every day, you’ll soon realize that your hair looks cleaner for longer.
- Use conditioner. If you don’t use conditioner after shampooing – especially if you have longer hair – you’ll find it extremely difficult to manage. Conditioner helps to moisturize your hair, although it’s important only to use it on the middle and ends. If you use conditioner on your scalp, it will make your hair look greasy. If you still have trouble with knots, try using a leave-in spray conditioner after towel-drying your hair, which will make it easier to brush through. Once a month, use a deep conditioning treatment such as an olive oil, argan oil or avocado oil based conditioner.
- Don’t brush your hair when wet. Wet hair is more easily damaged than dry hair, so it’s important to wait until it’s dry to run a brush through it. If you absolutely must brush your hair before it’s dry, use a wide-toothed comb that won’t damage it as much.
- Don’t use heat too often. Using a hair dryer, then a straightener, then a curling iron can quickly fry those locks. If you absolutely must use heat on your hair, make sure to apply a heat protecting spray beforehand.
Skin can be especially difficult to deal with, especially if you have oily, acne prone skin no matter what you do to it. One of the most important things to remember is that if you want your skin care routine to work, you need to stick with it consistently.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Too much exposure to the sun is one of the fastest ways you can age your skin. Whenever you’re going outdoors, try to protect your exposed skin – especially the skin on your face – with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15. If you have fairer skin, it’s a good idea to use a higher SPF. Many facial moisturizers double as a sunscreen, which will leave your skin moisturized and protected at the same time. You should reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours, more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.
- Wash your face twice a day. Once when you wake up in the morning, and once right before you go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, you want to wipe off all of the oil and bacteria that was gathered overnight. And when you’re going to bed, it’s important to wash off all of the makeup and grime of the day. When choosing your daily cleanser, don’t pick one that exfoliates your skin. This can be fine once a week, but not twice a day.
- Don’t take scorching hot showers. Yes, hot water feels so good on the skin, but it’s not good for it. Hot water strips skin of its natural oils, making skin feel dry and scaly. It’s better to shower in lukewarm to warm water, and limit the time you spend in the shower or bath.
You’d be surprised how simply changing your diet can make a huge difference in the way your hair, skin and nails look. If you are getting a varied diet filled with tons of nutrients, your entire body will thank you. If you’ve been having skin problems that simply won’t go away, maybe it’s not your face wash but your diet that you need to change.
- Reduce dairy and / or soy intake. If you have trouble with your skin, try cutting dairy out of your diet for a couple of weeks and see if it makes any difference. Odds are, it will. Another large trigger of acne is soy. No dairy and no soy? I’m not saying to cut both out at once, but if you have acne prone skin, chances are one or the other is making you break out more frequently. Try cutting out one for a month and see what happens. No dice? Try cutting out the other.
- Stop eating refined sugar! Let’s say you can either eat a large plate of cookies or a large salad. Sure, the cookies seem more appetizing for many, but how will you feel after you eat them all? Probably not as healthy as you’d feel after eating that large salad. Although not all snacks are bad – cutting out sugar completely can lead to binging – reducing the amount of processed foods you eat in a day will make a world of difference in your energy and appearance.
- Eat more veggies. In order to look healthy and beautiful, you need to be healthy. If you’re malnourished due to a poor diet, it will show on the outside. Get a wide variety of fruits and veggies in your diet (the trick is to eat the rainbow for the widest variety of nutrients), and your body will thank you.
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