Few weeks ago I attended a beauty class organized by a skincare brand and the experience reminded me of this post about simple beauty tips some of you may still don’t know about. I started to write it months ago when this type of posts was pretty popular, but never finished it. I’m sure you’ve already read some, even many. But if I decided to finish and publish this post it’s because I realized there’re still a lot of women who know very few about the wonderful world of skincare and don’t know how to properly take care of their skin.
During the beauty class women asked if removing make-up is always necessary, if cleansing foam should be used with water, if serums must be applied before moisturizers. Just to make a few examples. As a person who started to build a skincare routine before turning 20, I always find surprising that there’re women my own age or much older that are so nonchalant when it comes to taking care of the largest organ of the body. Yes, that’s what skin is, an organ. And if you’ll start to consider it this way, you’ll realize how important a correct beauty routine is. For your health and, of course, for your vanity.
These are some useful beauty tips you still may not know about.
1. Use your ring fingers to apply eye cream. Ring fingers are the least strong ones, so they’re the best to apply cream on such a delicate part of your face. A good alternative to ring finger is an eye cream applicator. I got mine with La Mer eye cream, which is the most expensive eye cream I’ve ever bought. “Luckily”, for more than 180€ I also got an applicator covered with silver and I’m sure it makes the difference. And its massage is pleasing.
You don’t need to spend a lot to have an eye cream applicator, you can find affordable ones very easily, there’s plenty of choice on Amazon.
2. Always dilute shampoo, never apply it directly on your hair and skin. A plastic bottle with a spout costs less than 1€/$/£ and it’s a great beauty investment. Pure shampoo is too aggressive and if you put it directly on your head your skin will easily itch. Using a plastic bottle to dilute shampoo will also make you use less of it.
3. Use hair conditioner instead of hair products with SPF. Years ago a hairstylist told me that instead of spend money in (expensive) hair mask/spray with SPF you can just apply hair conditioner. It will protect your hair from sun, sand and sea water.
4. Hair conditioner is also the best alternative to shaving creams and foams. I only shave my armpits (while I wax legs and bikini area) and since I got to know about this alternative use of hair conditioner I never bought shaving creams and foams again. Trust me, hair conditioner is the best product you can use. It leaves your skin very soft. Sometimes I also shave using the foam of a delicate soap bar.
5. Many natural oils are good body moisturizers and also good make-up removers. Just avoid to use olive oil to remove eye make-up because if it gets into your eyes it will irritate them.
6. Castor oil is a sort of miracle product. It strengthen nails, hair, and you can apply on your brows, too. If you’re careful enough to avoid it to get inside your eyes, you can use a clean mascara brush to apply it on your eyelashes, too.
7. Brush your hair before washing it will prevent it from breaking and falling. Wet hair is more fragile so detangling it before washing is better. The less you comb and brush your wet hair, the better.
8. Double cleansing is the only possible way to properly clean your skin. It’s not a trend. You should always double cleanse, even when you don’t have make-up on. Just find the right products for you. If I have make-up on I remove it with an oil. If I haven’t, I remove the dirt with a cleansing milk, then I use a foam or a delicate gel.
This not a tip but something you should realize about taking care of your skin. There’re not miracle products, the best way to have a beautiful skin, or at least to try to have it, is to find the best skincare routine for you and to stick to it. When it comes to a beauty regime, you should be a creature of habit. No matter how tired you are, you should remove make-up and dirt from your skin, every evening. You should also regularly exfoliate it, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to scrubs and gommages. If you don’t know the difference between a scrub and a gommage, the latter is more delicate and only removes dead cells, that’s why you can also use it even when you’re tanned and you don’t want to lose your tan.
There’re women genetically blessed with beautiful skin, it’s true (one of my grandmothers was), but they usually take care of it, not only with beauty products, but with the right lifestyle.
The preview image by Ian Dooley.