What does your beauty routine look like? Many women have a strict beauty routine that involves everything from hair and makeup to skincare. Having a good beauty routine is essential, but you don’t want to waste your time doing all kinds of things that don’t work. Check out these seven steps for the perfect beauty routine and start your journey to being more beautiful.
Taking good care of your skin is essential and should be a big part of your beauty routine. For most women, the ideal skincare routine involves several parts:
- Special treatments
Let’s look at what you should be doing in each part of your skincare routine for the best results.
In the morning, use a gentle cleanser to refresh your skin. Cold creams and other moisturizing cleansers are excellent for mornings, as they work great when you want to get your face primed and smooth for makeup without irritating your skin.
At night, it’s even more important to wash your face. Removing all your makeup before you go to bed will give your skin some time to breathe and help prevent acne. Before bed is also a good time to exfoliate and moisturize.
Exfoliating should be done a few times a week. Pick two or three days of the week and stick to this schedule to keep your beauty routine under control—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday works well for many people, or just Monday and Friday if you don’t feel the need to exfoliate three times in a week.
Choose a gentle chemical exfoliant, such as a cleanser that contains key ingredients AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid). These chemicals help to loosen up dead skin cells so that your skin looks glowing and refreshed.
Don’t just exfoliate your face—make sure you exfoliate your body at least once a week, too. You can use tougher physical exfoliants, such as exfoliating gloves or cloths, on the rest of your body. Exfoliating your legs before shaving can help prevent ingrown hairs, so be sure to exfoliate before you pick up your razor next time.
Keeping skin moisturized is a part of any good beauty routine. For your face, use a lightweight moisturizer in the morning before applying makeup and a heavy-duty moisturizer at night. Be sure to apply your nighttime moisturizer after you’ve already exfoliated, as this will help the moisturizer sink in.
Moisturize your body at least once a day, too. You can use a different moisturizer for your body, as you don’t have to worry about clogging up your pores or causing acne. Apply a thick moisturizer before getting dressed in the morning and your skin will feel better all day.
4. Special treatments
While every woman should include cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing in her beauty routine, you may have other specific concerns that you want to address with your skincare routine, such as aging, acne, or dull skin. You can add special treatments to your skincare routine to help deal with these problems.
- If aging is a concern, add a product with retinol to your routine. Retinol is one of the most tried and true ingredients to help prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging in skin. You can use a cream that contains retinol nightly after applying moisturizer.
- If acne is an issue, products that contain BHAs will help. These are also great exfoliants, so you can double up by using a BHA-containing exfoliant that will also fight acne.
- Dull skin can be helped by using a variety of serums and creams. Vitamin C serum helps to brighten skin, while creams or serums that contain Vitamin E can also add a boost of brightness to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is also a key ingredient for brightening skin and is found in many serums. You can mix serums like Vitamin C serum or hyaluronic acid serum in with your nightly moisturizer to give it a boost.
Skincare shouldn’t be the only step in your beauty routine. Aside from taking good care of your skin, it’s also important to take care of your hair. In order to maximize your hair routine, follow these steps.
5. Shampoo less
Shampoo might feel like it’s getting your hair clean, but it can actually strip your hair of its natural oils. This causes your scalp to produce more oil to replace what you’ve taken away, leading to a cycle of more and more shampooing with less results.
In reality, you only need to use shampoo once or twice a week. While transitioning to this less frequent shampoo routine may be difficult, your scalp will soon adjust and your hair will look and feel healthier.
6. Use hair masques
You might have head of face masques for beauty, but how about hair masques? A hair masque is like a super-powered conditioner that can deeply nourish hair and leave it softer and shinier than before.
Choose a hair masque that suits your needs. Some are designed for dry, brittle hair, others for color-treated hair, and still others for a myriad of other hair-related issues. Use your hair masque once a week. Any more than that can start to make your hair look greasy.
7. Avoid heat styling
Using a blow dryer, flatiron, or curling wand might make your hair look good for a day or two, but it can do damage in the long run. If you use these heat styling tools every day, your hair could wind up totally fried.
Develop a hair routine that only involves heat styling about twice a week. If your hair is a total mess, wear it up in a bun more often to avoid using heat styling tools constantly.