4 SELF-CARE & BEAUTY HABITS I PICKED BACK UP THAT REALLY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Hey guys, happy Friday! Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about some beauty habits that I’ve been doing in the past, stopped doing for whatever reason and then picked up again recently. They’re all things I rediscovered and absolutely love… Pretty much moments when I asked myself “why the hell did I ever stop doing this?!?”. These are all really good, so without further ado, let’s jump right into it. And no, I usually don’t take a bath with a full face of makeup and a towel on my head, lol.
If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’ve been having a rollercoaster hair journey. My hair used to be suuuuper long and it was always my most complimented feature. It was down to my ass, voluminous, naturally straight but not limp and with almost no frizz.
Then, over the last year, my anxiety habit of twisting my hair has been through the roof, and I unintentionally destroyed my hair. *Cries nervously.
It now sits just under my boobs (which is the shorter I’ve ever had it except for one unfortunate haircut my mom gave me in elementary school).
I recently got a haircut to get rid of the split ends, and now I’m really trying hard to grow it back out… So hair masks have become a new staple in my shower routine - Again!
Why I stopped doing it: My hair was SO damaged with insane split ends, so I feel like there wasn’t much even the best hair mask could do. It felt like putting new nail polish on top of an old chipped manicure.
Why I started doing it again: After my latest haircut (the first one in over 2 years!) I realized I really needed to take care of my hair if I wanted to grow it back out to where it was before. I figured being regular with hair masks would be the best way to keep my hair healthy, since I already don’t use hot tools to style it.
What changes I have noticed: Since I started doing a hair mask every other wash (I wash my hair every other day), I noticed that my hair is a lot more silky and soft. It also looks a lot less dry, and I don’t have those days when my hair looks like straw anymore. When you’re starting with a healthy(ish) hair base, hair masks really, REALLY help maintaining that hair healthy and feeling good.
My favourite hair masks: At the moment, I like to alternate between my DpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque (which smells insanely amazing) and my Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask, which is an incredibly popular option.
Putting moisturizer all over my body
For as long as I can remember, I feel like my bathroom was always full of barely used body moisturizer tubes and jars. I used them maybe once or twice a month, or when I came back from a trip and my skin was particularly dry and scaly. I would also buy body moisturizers as impulse purchases, either because they were on sale or because they smelled really good in the Victoria’s Secret lineup at the cash register.
Why I stopped doing it: It could be argued that I never even started doing it, because I was never diligent with body moisturizer. But I just felt like body moisturizers were kind of a scam and didn’t really make a difference, because I was using cheap, ultra fragranced ones… And so sporadically too.
Why I started doing it again: A few months ago, I got a trial size sample of the Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana cream and applied it all over my legs just to test it out for the Sephora Play review it came in. That night, after showering and shaving, I realized how soft my legs were. They were SO, SO soft I can’t even describe it. That’s when I realized how a good moisturizer can make all the difference, and I’ve been hooked since then!
What changes I have noticed: Obviously, this isn’t going to come as a shock: My skin is so much softer and smoother. I usually apply moisturizer all over my legs in the morning (I have a moisturizer on my desk) since it’s the area where my skin is most dry. And then I apply it all over my body every night, right after showering. Another super welcome change I noticed is how much more even my tan is, and how much longer it lasts.
My favourite body moisturizers: As I mentioned, I really fell in love with the Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream, which is pricey but SO worth it. For a more affordable option, I love the All Good Coconut Body Lotion, which is made with coconut, calendula, cocoa butter and rose hip oil and is GMO free, gluten free, cruelty free, biodegradable and vegan. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Lotion For Hands And Body is also a really great option if you have sensitive skin and want something super light that absorbs quickly.
Using a facial cleansing device
I’ve done an entire post about my facial cleansing device before, and as I mentioned in the original post, it was gifted to me by the brand. At the time, I loved it more than the one I had previously used, which was the type with a removable brush head.
I really loved how it made my face feel, and I felt like it really cleansed it well, removing alllll the makeup from my pores, while giving me a gentle exfoliation.
Why I stopped doing it: When I started using Curology (see my full review here) the directions stated that it wasn’t recommended to use physical or chemical exfoliators for at least 2-3 months in the beginning.
So naturally, I put my cleansing device away, and after a few months of not using it, I just kind of forgot about it, if we’re being completely honest.
Why I started doing it again: A few weeks ago, I felt like my skin was feeling a little rough after a trip to the desert, and I was really craving a good exfoliation. Since I don’t really buy exfoliating face wash or scrubs anymore (because of Curology - even though I could totally use one by now) I remembered I had my cleansing device in a drawer and decided to give it a go. Let’s just say it hasn’t gotten out of my shower since then, and I’ve been using it every single day.
What changes I have noticed: First of all, my skin is much cleaner after I get out of the shower. Before using my cleansing device, there would sometimes still be a tiny bit of foundation left on my cotton pad when I applied my toner… Not anymore!
I also love using the “rougher” but still gentle side of my device on my neck and chest, so that skin is also much softer, just like my face. I also love using it because it feels like a face massage, and my face looks a lot less bloated when I wake up in the morning.
My favourite device: As I mentioned above, I’ve only used the Luce 180° when it comes to this type of silicone device, and I really love it so I see no point in buying another one, especially since they can be quite pricey. Also, I don’t know if that’s the case for all these devices, but one charge lasts for SO long, I haven’t charged it once since I dug it out of my drawer 2 months ago… And I use it every day!!
Valentino Garavani once said that everyone looks better with a tan, and while you don’t have to take it as far as he did, a healthy glow is certainly something that most people can appreciate.
I usually try to stay away from drastic self-tanners, just because I feel like no matter how hard I try and exfoliate, use a mitt, and go light, there’s always either some splotchy areas, if I’m lucky enough not to look like a 2008 Paris Hilton. (And yes, I mean ORANGE).
But as I discovered about 2 years ago, it’s possible to tan at home without taking all these risks if you do it gradually. There’s a ton of products on the market that will give a subtle glow to your face or body if you apply them once, but will keep building a deeper tan if you apply them every day.
I’m a big fan of that method, because even if you skip a small area one day, the chances that you will skip over the exact same area the next day is so small that you’re almost guaranteed a super even, flawless tan after a few days. Without the sun damage, which is A+.
Why I stopped doing it: If we’re being 100% real, I think I just got lazy… But if we’re being honest, once you get into the habit of doing it every day, gradual tanning adds maybe 3-4 minutes to your routine, unlike regular fake tanning which is a whole ordeal.
Why I started doing it again: Summer is here, and since I barely have time to lay by the pool (read: no time at all, lol) I decided I was going to have to take the matter into my own hands… So I did!
What changes I have noticed: My skin has really been looking bright and glowy lately, so with an extra tan, it just looks really beautiful. I can honestly say that I prefer not putting any face makeup on (aside for bronzer and highlighter) and just leaving my skin bare, because I don’t want to cover it up with foundation.
My body also looks more toned which is a well-known “side-effect” of rocking a tan.
My favourite gradual tanning products: I’ve used the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster on my face for years and I’m obsessed with it. Basically, all you have to do is mix 2-3 of these drops to your regular moisturizer and apply it to your face and neck like you would normally apply moisturizer. It’s the easiest, most fool-proof self-tanning product I’ve ever used, and I do have a full review of it here. They also have a version for the body. For the body at a lower price point, I also really love the Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, which gives you a really uniform, subtle but buildable glow for only a few bucks. And lastly, I’ve been using the St. Tropez In Shower Golden Glow Gradual Tan on and off for years, and I love that you apply it in the shower, then rinse off and you’re done. It’s quick, efficient, and you don’t have to worry about your sheets if you do it at night.
You guys, I hope you enjoyed this post and found some valuable information in here! I would love to know what your go-to, maybe unexpected beauty habits are, so leave them in the comment section below if you feel like sharing! You can also come participate in the conversation on Instagram, where I have tons of other bad-ass babes like you share their tips all the time!
Love you guys,