There’s beauty practices that we, as women do on a regular basis and don’t really think twice about or frankly don’t care about enough. They’re little things that we may know aren’t the best or are things we could improve on drastically, yet we continuously ignore the little, positive voice of reasoning in our head (myself including).
Yet, when it comes to our bodies, skin, and beauty, small choices now can make a huge impact later in life. Not to mention, they play an instrumental role in boosting our emotions, confidence, and positive self-esteem.Here are 10 things women need to stop and start doing for their own health and well-being:
1. Not washing make-up off before bed. We’ve heard it time and time again, “Wash your make-up off before you to to bed,” we’ve even told ourselves it…yet, inevitably we still end up falling asleep with cover-up coating our faces and mascara lining our lashes. So how bad is it to skip this step before slumber? Sleeping in make-up results in unnecessary exposure to free radicals, which the make-up holds onto. Free radicals breakdown healthy collagen in our skin and clog pores, resulting in acne. Also, during the daytime we accumulate stress and when you sleep with make-up on, we’re not allowing our skin to recover; this can lead to premature aging (wrinkles, oh no!). Obviously, one night of sleeping with your make-up on isn’t likely to cause serious damage, but making this a regular habit will.
2. Switch up your shampoo. A good rule of thumb? Think of your hair like your skin, when the seasons or environment changes your skin can range from dry and rough to oily and smooth, the same goes for your hair. Changing shampoo on a regular basis and using different formulas will help keep your hair healthy, volumized, shiny, and smooth.
3. Not moisturizing your face. First of all, by using a moisturizer (morning and night) you’re providing a base for your make-up which will help it look flawless. When you don’t use a moisturizer, you lose a layer of protection due to the fact that many of them now include an SPF, making our skin become dry, dull, and sometimes flaky. Trust me friends, spare the few extra seconds and apply a moisturizer that fits your skin type.
4. Thinking of lotion as an annoyance or added part of a morning/night routine. Lotion is an incredible product that helps to replenish dry skin, makes you feel and smell good,
5. Consuming excess lattes and drinks high in sugar and not enough water. Yes, coffee is a necessity in ensuring you get through your day and undoubtedly are also pleasant to every one you come in contact with (I get it). However, the sugar, artificial sweeteners, and calories add up quickly. If your latte intake is extreme like mine, try cutting down your consumption on a weekly basis and replace those drinks with green or black tea to provide you with a more natural source of energy. If you like black coffee, that’s also a viable substitute.
The whole, “drink 8-eight ounce glasses of water a day,” spiel is a timeless one health officials preach. The human body is made of 60 percent water and we’re constantly losing water due to urination and sweating. In turn, it’s important to consume an ample amount of H2O. Although other drinks and food can boost your fluid levels, water is the only substance that actually contributes to the balance. Also, water increases energy levels and improves brain functioning.
6. Start taking a multivitamin on a daily basis. Research has shown that aside from playing a key biochemical in the body, vitamins and minerals have countless antioxidants that help diminish the chances of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. While you’ll get many antioxidants and minerals needed from fruits and vegetables, multivitamins are a good way to cover all of your bases (but are not a viable substitute).
7. Stop thinking solely about if a food tastes good or provides you comfort. Instead, ask yourself how a food will fuel your body and be mindful to cover all of your food groups.
8. Use aloe on a regular basis, not merely for after-sun exposure. Aloe is an incredible, multi-use plant that will help ensure your skin is looking it’s absolute best 365 days a year. I use an aloe lotion every single day, not just after being out in the summer sun. Why? Aloe
- Aloe is an antibacterial and contains vitamins and minerals that can ease eczema and psoriasis flare-ups.
- It can be used to remove make-up.
- Substitute it as shaving cream. As stated, it’s antibacterial, slippery (allowing for a close shave), and it moisturizes (heck yes!).
- Mixing 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel, with a tsp of almond milk, and a 1 tsp of lemon creates a natural, mineral based face wash that is ideal for sensitive skin, breakouts, and rosacea.
- Want an anti-aging boost? Try mixing 1 tbsp of aloe with 1 tsp of 100 percent raw, organic coconut oil for a facial cleanse.
- Aloe vera gel mixed with crushed up Aspirin creates an exfoliating face mask that reduces redness and moisturizes…what’s not to love?
9. Drink a glass of hot water and lemon in the morning. This morning ritual kick-starts your organs, helps to boost your immune system, and cleanses through detoxification. Personally, I try to drink a glass of hot water with raw honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon in the morning. This combination not only aids in digestion, but it reduces belly fat, and increases your metabolism.
10. Don’t criticize your body, remember you’re your own harshest critic. Love yourself.