Sometimes it takes up so much effort merely juggling your work, social and home lives, that looking after yourself can take a back seat.
Here are tips for working a bit of pamper time into your busy schedule:
They say beauty is only skin deep, but that’s exactly why you need to start your beauty regime by looking at your skin. Make-up will be wasted if you’ve got a dull complexion – it will simply be hiding what’s underneath, rather than enhancing it, which is the ultimate goal.
There’s no need to book a facial every week. Here are five simple things you can do at home instead, to get your skin glowing again:
- Wash your face every night no matter how tired you are. You don’t need an expensive cleanser – it can be from the supermarket – as long as it removes all makeup and dirt from your face.
- Moisturise! The more you hydrate your skin, the healthier your skin will look and it will help prevent premature wrinkles. Keep in mind that this is the one product you may want to spend a little more on so consult with a professional, like a dermatologist, to determine which moisturiser is ideal for your skin type.
- Exfoliating once a week is beneficial for your face because it removes dead skin cells, allowing the moisturiser to better penetrate your skin.
- Apply an ice cube all over your face when you’re sleep deprived or feeling tired. It’s the best solution to remove traces of fatigue and to reduce puffy eyes. You’ll be surprised how the cube’s cold quality will make you look refreshed and awake.
- Do not play with pimples, which are essentially infections. When poked and probed they spread germs and cause more to sprout. The best way to treat a pimple is to dab some rubbing alcohol directly on it.
On a daily basis it shouldn’t take you more than fifteen minutes to apply makeup. According to Jenny Volonik, a make-up artist at Annie Young Cosmetics, the following four products are all a woman needs to wear on her face:
- Tinted moisturiser to even out your complexion.
- Concealer to hide blemishes and lighten dark circles under your eyes.
- Mascara to open up your eyes.
- Lip gloss to give a glow to your lips while moisturising them.
Volonik also stresses that eyebrow grooming is essential. “Shaping your eyebrows properly will not only widen and lift your eyes, it will make your face look cleaner and brighter,” she says.
If your hair is a tangled mess, don’t fret. Beautifying it is easy.
- Get a haircut that is “styled according to the shape of your face, your height and weight,” says Andy Agostino, a hair stylist from Avanti Le Spa.
- Maintain your style and keep your hair healthy by cutting it regularly. Agostino recommends cutting every two months to eliminate split ends.
- Opt for your hair’s natural beauty to come through instead of the weekly blow dry. Simply use leave-in treatments that bring out your natural wave.
- Want volume? Sleep with your hair in a high ponytail, which will lift your hair by its roots. Just make sure to use an elastic that won’t leave a mark.
All it takes is following these simple guidelines to get yourself looking good on the outside (and feeling good on the inside!).