Gone are days when you could spend hours getting ready to go somewhere. In the speed century, all you need are tricks to save you time and make your life easier. Once you realize how much these small details can do in the long run, you’ll never skip them again.
Currently, everyone tries to speed up the get-ready process and to make it easy for you to spare some time, we’ve put together the most important beauty hacks. Usually, dermatologists, skin-care providers, or celebs makeup artists give us insights and beauty hacks. But what about the ones we’ve learned ourselves from our experiences, our “ah-ha” moments?
Apply your skincare products from thinnest to thickest texture
Or from liquid to cream. However, always start with the watery textures first, and finish with creams or oils that are more substantial. At the same time, you also want to use first the products that contain essential ingredients, like antioxidants in serums, and finish your beauty routine with products that need to lay on top of the skin, like humectants in moisturizers. This order is required if you want to take the best from your skincare products. Once you layer an oil or heavy cream, the lighter textures that you apply after wouldn’t have any effect anymore as they can’t penetrate the other products.
Lotion after every shower
The best time to apply body lotion is after a shower. This, because after you shower, the water evaporates off your skin quickly, leaving a dry feeling. After a shower, the pores are still open, what you apply right then is absorbed faster, and your skin gets more nutrients. And if you can replace the lotion with raw coconut oil, it’d be awesome. While lotions and creams can contain chemicals, artificial fragrances, or alcohol, organic coconut oil is pure and rich only in nutrients healthy for the skin.
Avoid touching your face
This advice is not available only if you have pimples. Yes, dirt can worsen acne, but it can do more than that. Motions like resting your head in your hands or rubbing eyes with the back of your hand repeatedly cause skin overlap and may result in permanent lines on the face. It’s estimated that people touch their faces about 23 times per hour; it is in human nature. To make it easy to remember, you can apply a light perfume on your wrists that you can smell every time you bring your hands to your face.
Cut, then dye
Every woman gets to a point in her life where she wants to change her look. And if a change of look is not haircut and a new color, then what is it? In case you don’t do the change in a beauty salon, you need this: cut hair, then dye. Removing length from your hair makes for a smoother color application since healthy ends help follicles to soak in color more quickly than untrimmed hair. In plus, cutting your hair before coloring will ensure that you’ll see the full effect of the color, while the color will enhance the cut; and it saves you some dye.
Wear SPF all year-round
You know the drill with SPF on sunny days, so I won’t get into that. But what about these days when we can’t see the sun or is freezing badly outside? Most women tend to ease up on sunscreen use during winter, yet that’s a wrong approach. The truth is that clouds lessen only the UVB, while the UVA is very much present year-long. Thus, if you want to prevent the apparition of premature wrinkles, protect your skin with SPF all year.
Use organic rose-water as toner
This is my day-by-day trick, and literally, it makes my day better. I’m still not sure if it’s the scent or the miraculous effects on the skin. Use it regularly to keep your skin free of extra sebum and prevent pimples. Applying rose water as toner is way better than chemical-based toners, which can dry out or irritate the skin. Due to its soothing and antioxidant activity, rose water can be used as an all-natural skin toner, as long as you use a product coming from organic farming.
Keep raw coconut oil nearby
Coconut oil can be used from head to toes, literally. Apply coconut oil to your skin every day to moisturize it deeply and enhance its protective barrier functions. Besides, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil have an antimicrobial activity that can help treat acne and protect the skin from damaging bacteria. Coconut oil can be applied to hair to increase shine and protect it from damage. Plus, it can be massaged on the scalp before shampooing to nourish it, help remove sebum build-up, and enhance follicles to grow hair.
Massage your scalp with a few drops of tea tree oil
Do this once a week for 15 minutes to prevent residues from your hair care products from accumulating and unclog the hair follicles. Thanks to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil helps the scalp, remove the dead skin cells build-up, sebum, and product residues, while increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the hair follicles with a refreshing feeling.
Use hyaluronic acid after your 25s
It all happens after our 25s when the collagen and hyaluronic acid production decline. So, in order to slow down the aging process, we need preventative measures, because we absolutely must have great skin. Nothing adds more moisture than hyaluronic acid. In addition, due to its high potency of retaining water in the skin, skin cell production can deliberately occur as the skin is not busy fighting for hydration. Sticking to this habit will lead to smoother, plumper skin.
Give your complexion a massage weekly
No, you don’t need an appointment for that. Pick an oil or carrier oil to use. With your first three fingers on each hand, move gently across the face in small, circular motions. You don’t have to put too much pressure, but enough to feel the muscles under your skin and move them a bit. In this way, you stimulate the skin and muscles, getting the blood and lymph moving and creating a brighter and even skin tone. In case you prefer a more comfortable alternative, opt for a jade roller, which I suggest you keep in the fridge to get the best of its effect.
Special beauty summer hack
Summer can be terrible for your skin, and this hack is exceptionally refreshing. Constricting the blood vessels, boosts its circulation to your face, making the skin radiant, smoother, and glowing. Once the body starts to circulate more blood to the face, it makes the complexion look lively, it eliminates puffiness around the eyes, soothes sunburn, reduces fine lines, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The ice massage can be performed once every day on your face and decolletage. Keep a special ice tray for your facial, and clean it regularly. Perhaps replace the water with aloe vera and green tea for oily skin, honey, and milk for dry skin.