The Complete Beauty Care Guide
This guide includes all the things you need to include in your daily routine to achieve healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. This guide includes a simple checklist with activities to do daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally and annually for beautiful skin all year round. This handy checklist will keep your skincare routine on track. By adopting a few of these routines, you will end up looking and feeling like a million bucks!
Drink 6-8 glasses of water
Staying hydrated keeps you hydrated and keeps your skin hydrated and plump.
Wash and moisturise your face
It is important to clean your face at the end of the day. You need to wash your makeup off. Sleeping with makeup on can age your face up to 5 years! During the night your skin is able to heal itself, and you need to give it the ingredients it needs in order to. Having makeup on will only reverse these effects. If you are like me, and hardly wear any makeup, you still need to wash your face at night. During the day your skin comes into contact with a lot of environmental pollutants and dirt that cling to your natural skin oils. This can cause build up on your face. If you don’t get rid of this dirt build up, you can end up with a break out on your skin. And no one likes skin breakouts! The horror, I tell you, the horror!
Don’t forget to moisturise your face after washing. Moisturising will help put oils back on your face to keep your skin balanced and moisturised. Depending if it is day or night, you have different options for your perfect skin moisturiser.
For a day cream, I would highly recommend a product that contains sunscreen, antioxidants, and vitamin A. These ingredients will help to protect your skin against sun damage and the effect any other environmental stressors may have on your skin.
At night I would recommend products that contain retinoids and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients work together to increase skin suppleness, increase moisture, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Spot treat blemishes
After your face is washed and moisturised, use a spot treatment to treat those pesky blemishes. Tea tree oil is amazing at treating blemishes and is less harsh than the normal benzoyl peroxide spot treatments. Do not. I repeat. Do not squeeze your pimples. You may damage your skin tissue and cause scarring. And scarring = not good at all. Rather treat than regret that scar forever. And I know this is probably this most difficult thing ever to do, I’m no saint when it comes to this. But I have a bunch of pimple battle scars and not proud of them at all. So keep your spot treatment handy for any pesky breakout so you can be armed as soon as it pops out its ugly head.
This is probably the most important thing to do. Damage from the sun is no joke. We get exposed to the sun every day! Even if you work in an office from 9 to 5 and only go to the gym and think your spending no more than 15 minutes a day outside. Well, guess what, that one hour commute you have to work and home every day, you get exposed to UV from the sun. Or that quick lunch runs you made to the shop just around the corner, add another 30 minutes of sun exposure. Your skin is delicate, and sun exposure can add years to the life of your skin.
Sleep 8 hours a night
Get in those Z’s if you want beautiful, younger looking skin. Not getting enough sleep is linked to a list of health problems, from obesity to anxiety, and also premature ageing. Your beauty sleep is super important, not just for your energy levels, but for your skin as well. Sleep gives your body the chance to heal and restore anything that is broken, even skin damage. During sleep, your body increases the amount of human growth hormone which helps in repairing damaged cells that will help you look younger.
Eat at least one healthy nutritious meal
This is one that I encourage you to do and stick by. This will not only help you become a healthier person overall but can improve your skin health significantly. Try adding one or two foods that will give your skin a boost, like tomatoes, citrus fruit, green leafy vegetables, berries, seafood, or eggs.
This one is not so directly linked to skin health then it is to mental health. Well, it kinda is linked indirectly - cause the less you stress, the slower you’ll get those grey hairs and wrinkles. Take some time out of your busy day and just relax for 5 - 10 minutes. When you start to practice meditation every day, your life will just become less stressed, you’ll start seeing things more clearly. If you truly want to give a gift to yourself, give yourself this time. Only for you. Soon you’ll find that meditation is one of the activities you look forward to doing during the day. Just breathe and enjoy. If you're new to meditation, I would suggest following a guided meditation.
Exfoliate your body and face
Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Remember to exfoliate your neck area as well. It will get rid of that dull and dry look as well.
At home facial
Giving yourself a weekly at home facial helps restore your skin and gives skin an extra boost.
Aim to exercise at least three times a week for 20-30 minutes each. Exercise helps with skin health in that it increases blood flow and thus increases circulation in your body. Skin that is well circulated is plumper and is glowing and healthy.
Give yourself a scalp massage to improve circulation on your scalp. Improved circulation helps stimulate hair growth and inhibits hair loss or thinning. And who doesn’t want a full head of long luscious locks?
Clean makeup brushes
It’s important to clean your makeup brushes every week if you wear makeup every day. Clean your brush with a gentle shampoo like baby or sulphate free shampoo. You should treat your brushes like it’s real hair and stay away from any harsh cleansers like dish soap or vinegar that can damage the fibres.
Use this recipe to clean your brushes:
- 1tsp of shampoo (unscented baby shampoo is best)
- ½ cup of warm water
- 1 tsp of olive oil
Add all ingredients in a small bowl. Dip makeup brushes in the solution and swirl around to get rid of all the makeup. Rinse brushes under running cold water. Squeeze out excess water and dry on clean paper towel. Store brushes on paper towels bristle side down to ensure that no water gets trapped inside the brush until it is completely dry.
Grooming your eyebrows can really change the shape of your face. You will look more polished and put together. And it will also give you a confidence boost! Get your eyebrows on fleek!
You don’t need to get an expensive manicure (but if you can afford to get a professional one, go for it!). You can give yourself one at home. Having polished hands will give your hands a much-deserved treat. Since we use our hands every day and wash them multiple times a day, they tend to get stripped from their natural skin oils and dry out quickly. The skin on the top of your hands is also very sensitive and thin. They also tend to show the first signs of ageing and can show wrinkles quickly.
You can easily give yourself a pedicure at home. If you’re like me, I seem to neglect my feet more than any other part of my body - and I don’t really have a good excuse why I don’t take more care of them. I mean, I walk with them all day, and they deserve some TLC. And it’s super simple to give yourself a pedicure at home.
Give yourself an intensive hair treatment at home using rich oils and butter. Take some time to give yourself a scalp massage by using the hair mask. Using a hair mask will also help to stimulate hair growth and moisturise your hair.
Switch out skincare products (summer/winter)
During the summer months, body lotions are more easily absorbed into the skin. Winter time skin tends to be a lot drier and switching your body lotion for body butter will give your skin more moisture.
Get rid of those split ends and dead ends with a good old haircut. Give your hair a boost and healthy glow by getting your hair trimmed once a season. And if you colour your hair, now is also the time to colour your roots.
Treat yourself to a massage and get rid of any stress that you might have. This is your permission to splurge on yourself and take time to just relax.
Go for a professional facial. Ask them to evaluate your face and evaluate any problem areas that you might have. This is a good time to get some advice about anything skin related. So ask your beautician any questions you might have.
Health and skin check up
It is important to go for yearly health and skin checkups. This is important to make sure all your moles are still the same and hasn’t changed that can give an indication of cancer. And a general health check-up is important to make sure you are still in tip-top shape.
To make life a little bit easier, download the checklist for this beauty care guide. I hope that you add these to your routine and that you have the most beautiful year yet!
Stay beautiful always,