When you like what you see in the mirror, you can face your day with confidence and panache. Stand before the mirror and smile a genuine smile, and you’re ready to take on anything the day or night might throw at you. In the interest of self-confidence for all, we’re pleased to present a few forward-thinking beauty tips that you’ll be glad to know.
Beauty basics for one and all
When it comes to super simple albeit absolutely essential beauty secrets, nothing beats the philosophy of moisturizing. In fact, introducing natural moisture to your face and body is the number one way to keep the effects of aging at bay. It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in-between. If you can afford to purchase just one great skin care product, make it a quality moisturizer, advise the beauty experts at WebMD.
It’s never too early to begin a daily (and nightly) moisturizing routine. Women in their twenties and thirties do themselves a fabulous favor when they slather on plenty of non-fragranced, hypoallergenic facial moisturizer before turning in for a good night’s sleep. Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD is a Dermatology professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. The doctor explains that oil is not moisture and that even super oily skin benefits from gentle cleansing followed by application of a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.
Normal to dry skin benefits best from moisturizer products that contain alpha hydroxy acids. Super dry skin looks and feels better with continuous moisturizers that utilize microscopic spheres of water and moisture that soothe and plump skin cells 24/7. Cleanse daily, and use the gentlest product possible. Once beyond the acne-prone teen years, most women do well to leave soap alone. Harsh soap and too-often washing removes the natural lipid mantle that keeps skin looking fresh and youthful.
When it comes to makeup, less really is more. Invest in great brushes and use them to apply light amounts of natural mineral bronzers, shadows, and contouring powders. Look for brushes with natural bristles that hold cosmetic product until transferred to eyelid or cheekbone.
Spare the sunshine
Second only to moisturizing comes the oh-so-healthy habit of sunscreen use. After bathing and before heading outdoors for the day, slather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen product that boasts a sun protection factor (SPF) of no less than 15. The higher the SPF number, the more effective the product is at sun-blocking.
Apply liberally to all exposed skin and ask for help applying sunscreen to hard-to-reach places, advises the US National Library of Medicine. Before investing in a large quantity of new sunscreen, try a sample to make sure it works with your personal body chemistry. If you experience a rash or other bad reaction from one sunscreen product, ask your dermatologist or family physician to recommend another.
Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, and please remember that most sunscreen products have a shelf life of around three years at best. Always check the expiration date, and don’t use outdated sunscreen gel or lotion. For bonus protection, be sure to wear a big brimmed hat, lightweight sleeves, and ray-blocking sunglasses whenever you venture outdoors. Yes, this rule applies even on cloudy and overcast days.
Beauty at your fingertips
Well groomed nails on finger and toes are easy to achieve and provide a big boost of self-confidence to make you feel prettier. Save money on pricey manicures when you opt for a textured polish that can be layered on in lieu of a brand-new manicure after every chip, propose beauty pros at Health magazine. Glittery polish is great for this, but it can be a bit difficult to remove. To ease the process, take off your glitter polish with a piece of acetone-soaked felt instead of a cotton ball.
Boost your body confidence
Daily exercise is good for you in so many ways. Besides making your clothes fit better, daily exercise can make you stronger, more graceful, and more limber. If you eat right and move around a lot and still find yourself focusing on a few problem areas, speak with a cosmetic surgery expert about liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and other beauty-boosting procedures. Request details from Dr. David Halpern here.
In the 21st century, any woman has the inner power to think herself into beauty. It is true, after all, that a kind heart and an easy laugh are two of the most valuable beauty enhancers that ever existed. Try them today.
Elly Robinson writes for a range of women’s blogs and can be discussing beauty secrets one day and self-confidence tricks the next. She aims to inspire and motivate women to be their best and love themselves.