Beauty fades, but that doesn't mean that we can't do everything in our power to make it last for as long as possible! There are a thousand and one secrets to maintaining your beauty, and there are a lot of beauty routines that even vary by culture. But there are some objective truths that everyone can agree on when it comes to maintaining your beauty. And a lot of it correlates directly into maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So it's like killing two birds with one stone. Following these tips will not only keep you looking your best as you age, but they will also keep you healthy which ultimately is a lot more important than maintaining beauty. Your health is wealth.
And while you are young and beautiful you may think you don't have to worry about this sort of stuff until you get older when the problems start to become more visible. These habits are all about preventative measures! It will also help you develop these habits early on and they will last you a lifetime. When you are young is the time to create healthy habits because trust us, when you get older, though not impossible, it is much harder to change the course that you have been on your entire life. Also by investing in yourself with the habits here, you will save money on cosmetic procedures that we see so many doing when they get a bit older.
20 Water, Water, Water!
This is a tale as old as time. Humans should drink a lot of water to maintain their health and wellness. A lot of people do not realize, how important water is when it comes to maintaining your youth and beauty.
It will keep your skin hydrated which in turn means that it will wrinkle at a pace much slower than someone who does not keep hydrated well enough.
It's good for your hair and nails, it's good for everything!
It will help to keep your skin's elasticity. Also, your body in general and all of your organs not only your skin will be very thankful if you keep them well hydrated, and they will treat you well in return!
19 Face Masks & Peels Are Your Friends
They make seem like a fad, especially the sheet masks that are so popular as of late, but this is hyper that you should definitely buy into it. There are hydration masks out there that will give your skin some much needed TLC if you feel like you have been neglecting your hydration.
There are so many different kinds of masks that serve various purposes, so do your research and find the best ones that work for you and your skin type and beauty needs. Spent too much time in the sun? There is a face mask for that! Don't want to break the bank by buying fancy face masks? Easily make your own with ingredients at home that work just as well!
18 Sunscreen Everyday, Rain Or Shine
Too many people associate only wearing sunscreen for certain activities. Like going to the beach, or doing any prolonged activity outside in the sunshine. They do not think they have to wear it when it is overcast, or if they are just walking around outside on a sunny day.
The fact of the matter is that UV rays can and do penetrate the clouds and affect our skin every day.
Yes, even when it is super cloudy outside! Wearing sunscreen is never the wrong thing to do, so try and find a moisturizer you use every day that has SPF in it, and even better if your daily face makeup has SPF in it! Your skin will thank you. The fastest way to ruin your skin is to let the sun fry it, and sometimes people do not realize until it is too late.
17 Moisturize Every Day — And Don't Forget Your Neck
Forget about starting this beauty routine in your twenties, kids should be moisturizing every day! And do not give us we have oily skin excuse as to why you do not use moisturizer, there are moisturizers out there explicitly created for oily skin. Even oily skin needs moisture!
And don't only put cream on your face. Your neck will show your age a lot quicker than your face will, and since you are already moisturizing your face and neck you might as well do your whole body. This is one of the easiest ways for someone to maintain their youthful appearance, you just have to do it every single day, maybe even twice.
16 Get A Separate Cream For Around Your Eyes
That means don't just smear your facial moisturizer all across your eyes. The reason it is important to have a separate cream for your eyes than your face is that the skin is different around your eyes.
It is a lot more thin and sensitive and will develop fine lines very quickly if not taken care of properly.
Eye cream is tailored to the specific needs of the skin around the eyes. The skin around our eyes also goes through a lot of wear and tear, not just by rubbing them but putting makeup on and taking it off. Another helpful tip, make sure you are using a gentle and good makeup remover. Especially for around your eyes!
15 Always Take Your Make-Up Off Before Bed
We have all been there, we get home super late or just simply tired and taking our makeup off is the last thing we want to do before we collapse into bed. But it is so important to do! When you sleep with makeup on it causes a slew of problems. It will clog your skin up which will cause breakouts.
You can get a stye in your eye or an even worse infection. It will cause wrinkles! And you will break your eyelashes! Not to mention the state of your pillow after you have slept on it with makeup is not a good look. That dirty makeup covered pillow will also cause skin problems. So do yourself a favor, take your makeup off before bed. Get makeup wipes so you can do it in bed!
14 On That Note, Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Sleep
Beauty sleep is a very real thing. And when we are young we especially tend to neglect our sleep because there is always something else we want to be doing. But good sleep habits and patterns are so important for your overall health and beauty.
When you do not sleep enough, this causes your body to produce the stress hormone — cortisol.
This causes wrinkles and will fatigue your skin and make you look a lot older than you actually are. So while we understand having a couple sleepless nights here and there, make sure you are putting your best effort forward in maintaining a healthy sleep schedule.
13 Develop A Good Skin Care Routine That You Do Everyday Now, Your Older Self Will Thank You
A skincare routine is so much more important than simply washing your face with water and slapping on a moisturizer. Even if you think you have perfect skin, you need more products than that, from cleanser to toner.
First, identify what kind of skin you have and what are your problem areas are, so to speak. Once you know that you can create the perfect skincare routine with every product geared towards your skins specific needs. Not everyone will be using the same products, and by finding what works for your skin early on and introducing it into your routine young you will have much fewer problems later on.
12 Wash Your Face With A Washcloth
Yup! You might be cringing at the idea, but trust us on this one. When you put your cleanser on your face, before simply washing it off get a nice facial washcloth and after running it under warm water use it to massage the cleanser around your face.
It will give you a deep but gentle clean, and allow the cleanser to get into your pores much deeper than if you just used your hands.
The best types of facial washcloths will be made from muslin, bamboo, or microfiber because they are the softest options, and the softer the better when it comes to the skin on your face.
11 If You Don't Already, Start Using Toner Now!
Toner works best for acne prone and oily skin, but that does not mean that people with other skin types should be neglecting toner in their daily skincare routine. Toner is a wonderful agent for minimizing your pores, keeping your skin fresh and clear, moisturized, and primed and ready for the next step of your skincare routine.
It is also very important in maintaining the delicate PH balance of your skin. A final benefit of toner is that when it minimizes your pores, it also keeps them tight which provides an extra layer of protection for all the dirt and grime just waiting to get under our skin.
10 Any Lotion You Put On Your Skin, You Should Also Be Willing To Put In Your Mouth And Eat
This is not so relevant for the skin on your face, but the skin on the rest of your body. Take a look at your body lotion and look at the ingredients on the label. Are you realizing that you cannot pronounce half of them and don't even know what they are? That is not a good thing at all.
Think about it: anything you put on your skin will be absorbed directly into your body.
There are body lotions out there that are made of stuff you could safely eat, and they are great for your skin. It is the best thing to do for yourself now and in the long term so be mindful when choosing body lotion.
9 Hands Always Show Your Age And Can Even Make You Look Older — Make Sure You Are Using Hand Moisturizer Regularly
They say if you want to know a woman's real age, look at her hands! This is because most of us focus on our face as the focal point of our beauty and health, which makes sense but there are a lot of other indicators as well that tend to get neglected on the path to maintaining your youthful beauty. And a big one is your hands!
Your hands are your biggest tools and they go through a lot as a result. They are also almost always exposed to the elements. Get a good hand moisturizer, and if you even wanna go a step further you can get hand moisturizing gloves that you sleep in. Keep your hands looking 18-years-old.
8 Natural Products Are Always The Better Choice
Even our food these days is overly processed and stuffed with unhealthy fillers. So if you think that only food is affected by that, think again. A lot of makeup and skin products have a lot of ingredients that would gross you out. Including fish scales, yes you heard right. If you want to avoid that, make sure that the makeup you are buying is vegan.
Never thought you would have to look for vegan makeup, did you?
And always make sure that none of the products you are using have alcohol in them. A lot of skin care products do, and alcohol is not your skin's friend — ever. And don't fall for 'all natural' labeling as well, read the ingredients and know what to look for.
7 Get Into Working Out While You Are Young
It is much easier to get into working out when you are young than trying to get into shape and develop stamina when you are older and have not been very active your whole life. It is definitely not impossible, but the best thing to do is to start working out as soon as possible, as young as you can.
It will not only keep you looking fit, it will also help you develop discipline, help with mental health, and overall health in general. Working out is far from only being necessary for aesthetic purposes, it does so much for us. So go for a run, like as soon as you finish reading this.
6 Trim Your Hair Often
Hair is a big thing when it comes to beauty. Sometimes all someone needs is a fabulous haircut/style and no makeup at all and they will feel beautiful. But to make sure that your hair is always looking its best and will be able to perform, so to speak, in various styles and cuts you have to make sure that you keep it as healthy as possible.
A great way to do this is to get regular trims.
This means not once a year, but ever 2-3 months you go to your hairdresser and get about a centimeter or two off the bottom. If you want long hair, this will help your hair grow faster. If you have a shorter haircut this will keep it looking fresh and good. Most importantly, it's good for your hair!
5 Don't Leave Your Hair Out When It Comes To Nourishing Masks
Trimming your hair regularly is not the only thing that will keep it looking thick and healthy. Just like face masks are not a fad that you should bypass in your beauty routine, hair masks are not one you should avoid either!
If you want to save some money, just used some olive oil mixed with egg yolk to create a mask that will revitalize your hair and make it shiny. You can also use avocado or mayo in a hair mask! There are also a ton of packaged hair masks out there designed to meet everyone's various hair needs. If you dye your hair a lot, or are also straightening, curling, and or blow drying it you definitely should be using hair masks!
4 Eating A Healthy Balanced Diet Is Key
What you put into your body will be very evident on the outside of it. Your hair, nails, and skin are directly affected by the food you eat and what you drink.
And you want to give them the best chance that they can get!
When you have healthy skin, hair, and nails it will be easy to maintain your beauty because you will have a good foundation. All the makeup in the world can't do much to change the look of a poor diet. And if you start eating healthy while you are young, it is a habit you will carry with you into your later years when it really starts to matter.
3 Pay Attention To Your Skins Needs In Different Climates
If you live in a climate that has different seasons, you should not be using the same skin care routine across each one of them. Summer and winter cause very different effects on our skin. If you live in an area that gets a blistering cold winter, you will need a heavy duty moisturizer that would be too much in the summertime.
Do you live in a place that has a dry climate in the summer? Keep the heavy duty moisturizer. See how your skin reacts in different climates and adjust your skin care routine to it. The same goes for your hair, in different climates, it will have different needs.
2 Never Pick At Your Skin
There are a lot of people out there who love nothing more than sitting down in front of a mirror and going in on their face. Some people have really chronic picking problems, and some of us just can't stop ourselves when we see a pimple or blackhead.
But the fact of the matter is that this is one of the worst things you can do.
Not only can it cause scarring, but it can also lead to infection. It also just promotes more breakouts because you are creating big gaps in your skin where dirt and grime can get under. So as satisfying as it is to do, if this is a habit of yours, try your best to break it as soon as possible.
1 Don't Forget About Your Elbows! That's Right!
Our elbow skin gets forgotten too often, even when we are slathering moisturizer all over our bodies. When you do your arms, do you make sure that you get your elbow? Because if you pay attention to how you put cream on, you may notice your elbow rarely gets any.
And your elbow will definitely look neglected if you neglect it.
The skin is always being pulled and stretched there so it needs to be taken care off or you will get a saggy dry elbow way too early. And because the skin on our elbows is usually neglected, they tend to deteriorate a lot faster than other areas of our body.