Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but this doesn't mean that you should take some basic beauty care techniques for granted. Sometimes the smallest effort can result in a major transformation.
Here are some simple techniques that you can use to quickly and effectively improve your physical appearance:
1. Your Face
It is important to care for your facial skin. A good skin care routine should include a facial wash, toner and moisturizer twice a day. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to cleanse your skin and moisturize. Once a week, it may also be beneficial to use a gentle facial scrub and/or a mask.
You need to identify your skin type before purchasing skin care products. Different skin types require unique skin care treatments:
- Dry skin can be identified by flaking or where the skin feels tight and pulled. You should use a cream based cleanser followed by an alcohol-free toner. Choose a nourishing moisturizer that will combat the dryness resulting in plumper looking skin and an improvement in overall skin tone. Creams containing collagen are ideal for dryer skin.
- Oily skin can be treated with a foaming cleanser and toner that includes alcohol or has other astringent properties. While the cleanser and toner should effectively remove excess oil, they should not be too harsh on the skin as this could result in the skin reacting by producing more oil. An oil-free nourishing moisturizer will prevent the over-production of oil.
- Most people don't have either dry or oily skin but rather combination skin. A combination skin consists of an oily T-zone which stretches from the tip of the nose to between the eyebrows and then across the brow. Because this is such a common skin types, cleansers, toners and moisturizers have been specially developed to take care of both the dry and oily needs of combination skin.
You don't need to be a pro to apply make-up correctly. The basic essentials can make a huge difference, especially if you don't apply make-up regularly. A light foundation or base will even-out your skin tone but it is important to match this make-up product with your current coloring and follow with a light dusting of a sheer powder. Applying a natural lip color to enhance your lips and a small amount of blush on the apple of the cheek will prevent you looking wan and pale. Highlight the eyes by brushing mascara onto the lashes in an upward motion.
Facial hair removal is important for a cleaner, younger looking face. NEVER, ever shave your face if you are a woman. This will just result in thicker regrowth and the appearance of stubble. You can use hair lightening treatments or opt to use a hair removal cream that is designed to be used on the face. Waxing is also a great option to remove facial hair.
There is nothing more attractive than clean shiny locks. In the same way that there are different skin types, there's also a variety of hair types. It is important to select shampoo and conditioner that is suited to your hair type. Hair types can include dry, oily, fine, frizzy, curly, straight, lanky, full or thin.
In addition, you need to nourish your hair at least once a week with a hair treatment or mask. Also, use gels, mousse, hair spray or other styling products to create a look that will last throughout the day. Remember to condition hair and minimize heat exposure, especially if you have fine hair.
You should have your hair professionally cut or trimmed every three months or more depending on your hair type and style. Make sure that you inform your hairstylist of the time you have available and the skills you have to style your hair. You may prefer a hassle-free hairstyle. Remember to ask your stylist to show you how to style your own hair to get the best results daily.
It is recommended that you choose professional hair products only. Some cheap, shelf products can damage the hair. Ask your hair stylist for their expert advice regarding the most suitable products to use on your hair.
If your hair color is dull or interspersed with gray, you should consider dyeing or coloring your hair. You can opt to use a home dye, but it is preferable to select a professional color treatment if you are new to coloring your hair. You will need to reapply color to the roots of your hair every six to 12 weeks.
3. Your Body
A beautiful body requires a healthy diet and exercise. This does not mean that you need to become an extreme health nut, but eating in moderation and doing some simple exercises every day can go a long way to helping you maintain your weight, muscle and overall skin tone.
It is advisable to supplement your diet with a good multi-vitamin to ensure that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. These additional vitamins and minerals will also improve the look and feel of your skin, hair, and nails.
Choosing the correct clothing to suit your body type can help enhance some of your better features while hiding factors that you are not happy with. You can ask your salesperson at your local clothing shops to provide you with the best clothing advice or hire a fashion and style expert to assist you.