In my 25 years of living life on this blue planet, the amount of beauty tips I have come across have been more than a handful. And of course this would be the case, given how beauty trends come and go, and you take your own time to discover what makes your particular skin tick.
What I’ve come to know, though, is that looking good has a dose of wanting to save time and money without having to sacrifice on quality products or effective routines to get you looking like your best self. So after a lot of trial and error, it’s safe to say that I’ve picked up on some tips and tricks along the way that I’d like to share with you. Use them, or lose them, but I’ve seen how effective they are in giving your skin a boost when you truly give it the love and care it needs. So without delay, here are the 5 beauty tips I reckon you should remember.
1. Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
For a long time, while growing up, I didn’t think I needed to use sunscreen because I simply figured that the melanin in my skin would be sufficient. I hardly wore sunscreen during the days I was playing a hockey match, or basking in the sun on school trips. Looking back, I wish I could kick myself for every time I left sunscreen at home.
I’ve heard this piece of advice about a million times before, and I’m sure you have too, so for all times sake – please wear sunscreen. Like, all the time. Come rain or shine, thunder and winds. Wear sunscreen.
Besides its ability to protect your skin against the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, sunscreen just so happens to also be the most important anti-ageing product. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is going to your skin against wrinkles, pigmentation, and skin cancer. So make sure that you choose a sunscreen product that has this characteristic as well as an SPF of at least 15. My current day and night creams, from the Justine A-Firm Time Renewal range, all include SPF 15 in them but this isn’t enough to give me the full protection I need from the harmful sun rays. So investing in sunscreen as been on my list of must-haves for 2021, so if you have any suggestions, please leave comments!
2. Remove Your Makeup Sis!
Oh yes, I was once guilty of skipping this particular step in my daily routine because I was too tired or figured that makeup wipes would suffice. But oh, did I learn my lesson when it comes to this tip.
At the end of a really long and taxing day, it can be tempting to simply wipe the makeup away before diving head first to bed, but not properly removing makeup can lead to some bad skin results. You really do want to make sure that you take the time to thoroughly clean your face and remove as much makeup as you can before going to bed. What you don’t want is clogged up pores, which can cause pimples, blackheads and acne.
Some of my go-to makeup removal products include:
- Pond’s Pimple Clear Micellar Water
- Skinesiology Shine Deep Cleansing Mask
- Naturals Beauty Essential Collection Gel Face Cleanser
- Justine A-Firm Time Reversal Anti-Aging Day Cream
3. Drink Up!
I’m a firm believer in taking care of your skin starting with what you put into your body. At the end of the day, your skin is an organ – living and breathing and replenishing itself on a consistent basis.
Did you know: drinking more than 2.5L of water per day keeps your skin supple, increases elasticity, and improves your skin’s hydration levels? There are so many more great benefits to drinking water for your skin, and I reckon that this is a tip that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine (especially since you can include beverages, fruits or vegetables that have high water content in them).
4. Eat Lean and Clean
Sticking on the subject of drinking more water, pairing this with a healthy diet adds to the benefits this has for your skin. I’m no expert in the art and science of what exact foods you should be consuming because of what nutritional value they have, but I do know that having a diet that is rich in nutrients has benefits for your body as a whole – skin included.
Some foods that you might want to start adding into your diet include:
- Fish (for the protein and omega-3 fatty acids that promote skin health)
- Wholegrains and beans (to reduce your intake of refined “white” carbohydrates)
- Fruits and vegetables (especially the more colourful kind for Vitamin A)
- Nuts and seeds (for healthy omega-3 fats and selenium)
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Your skin cells experience a good amount of wear and tear because of how exposed it is to the environment. So you’ll find that dead skin cells tend to shed off naturally, while constantly replacing itself with new skin cells underneath this dead layer. This process usually takes about 28 to 45 days in an average adult. The downside to this, however, is that the dead cells your skin sheds can still get deposited on the skin surface. This can lead to you having an uneven skin tone or even acne breakouts. This is why exfoliation is an important step in your beauty routine. Not only does it help to remove the build up of these dead skin cells, but you’ll help with a more brighter complexion as the skin replenishes itself.
Personally, I don’t think that there is a one-size-fits-all answer to “What exfoliator should I use?”, purely because I think that this depends on your own skin type. There are also so many options available – chemical exfoliants vs grainy exfoliants. Exfoliant variants will also differ depending on where on your body you might be exfoliating. So there are some things you definitely need to consider with this tip before choosing your product accordingly.
Exfoliating has its benefits but choosing how you exfoliate your skin is linked to knowing what your skin type is, as well as any products that your skin might be sensitive to. If you are unsure, rather consult a dermatologist to get the best, most expert advice.
I hope these 5 beauty tips are easy enough not just to remember, but to perhaps try and include into your own beauty routines (if they make sense for you and actually fit into your lifestyle). I’d love to hear your own beauty tips that you love so leave them in the comments for me to read 🙂
NOTE: This content includes advice providing generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified and professional medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information on your own specific needs.