Everyone is beautiful inside and out in their way. Beauty can be defined and expressed in so many ways, and we all certainly see beauty differently. However, for true beauty enthusiasts, there are some beauty basics we all should know.
Before starting your adventure in the world of beauty, you need to be made aware of the basics. Some of these are the holy grail of beauty, from must-have products to beauty routines, and just about everything in between.
These are some of the questions I wish I had answers to before haphazardly starting my beauty journey. Paying close attention to beauty basics can begin as early as your teen years and not necessarily waiting until your twenties or thirties. In case you didn’t know, your skin begins to degrade the minute you enter your twenties. For some, they’ve had skin issues since puberty hit, such as acne, blackheads, and so on.
These are some reasons why everyone should be aware of these basics as early as possible.
The Beauty Basics To Help You Begin Your Journey
After trying out so many remedies, products, and routines all to no avail, we then realize we missed it from the beginning. We go through so many trials and error stages before we luckily stumble on one that works. It would have been nice to save time, energy, money, and your precious skin from all the stress? Only if you had someone who could provide you with answers and show you the way.
Well, it’s never too late to be informed. So, here are the beauty basics you need to know about:
You Are What You Eat
The first step that is very much within our control, is our diet. You are exactly what you eat, and this is reflected by the appearance of your skin. Certain foods contribute to your prolonged breakouts, and a simple solution might just be to cut these meals out of your diet. If you have oily skin and you consume a lot of fried foods, greasy meals, and meals that require a lot of oil to prepare, then you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Sugar, fizzy drinks, and foods that use preservatives are also harmful to your skin. This is what makes junk food bad for you on so many levels, and not just your skin, but your health too. You’re already wondering, “what then should we now eat?”
There are so many other meals that don’t hurt your skin such as greens and veggies. You’ve also probably heard beauticians say drinking lots of water does wonders as well. It clears your system from toxic waste and buildup. Carbs, proteins, and foods with natural fatty acids are also great for your skin.
So, before you begin any kind of routine, take a look at your diet first. The solution to some of your skin issues could just lie in a change or upgrade of your diet.
Being Kind To Your Skin
Honestly, not many of us are kind to our skins. You’re wondering how you can be kind to your skin, right? To start with, you should stop touching your face every five seconds (also a subtle reminder to myself), especially when you are out. Even before the rise of COVID-19, a well-known secret was to limit how we touched our faces.
If you check it out, about 60% of your skin’s issues are caused by transferring germs from your hand to your face. It isn’t only limited to your hands, your clothing, bedsheets, pillowcase, your phone, and the many surfaces you place your face as contributing factors. How can you be kind to your skin? Here’s how;
- Simply washing your beddings and clothing will go a very long way in saving your skin.
- Avoid placing your phone and other devices so close to your face. Aside from the comfort, headsets and wireless headphones were made for a reason, so get yourself one.
- Please do not place that beautiful face on any surface, either in your home or outside (worse of all).
Adopt A Skincare Routine
At some point, you could get away with just doing the bare minimum for your skin. It is, however, not the case as you get older. Acts as simple as washing your face twice a day will help you clear your pores. It will reduce the oils produced and ensure you feel fresh.
Take it a step further and get an actual skincare routine. Depending on your skin type and needs, you need to find the right routine. The skincare routine for oily skin is different – albeit slightly, from the routine for combination, dry, and normal skin. Everyone and I mean everyone with great skin has a basic routine they (should) follow, even that aunty that tells you she doesn’t really do anything.
You need to be consistent, diligent, and patient with your chosen routine. Results will not be gotten overnight, so just keep on with it. However, if you notice that nothing changes, even after the stipulated period I should take to start seeing results, then you need to check a few things. You might need to try a new routine or change some of your products. The bottom line, you should start that skincare routine.
Invest In Your Skin
They say no pain no gain, more like no spend no gain. You can’t expect to achieve the best results if you don’t spend the minimum amount on your skincare. There really isn’t any way around it, you just have to invest in your skincare. Some of these products don’t come cheap, not even the said natural skincare products.
Skincare products are a must at some point in your beauty journey, especially if you have a skincare routine. Try not to overload your skin with too many products at a time. If you have sensitive skin, you should stay clear of harsh products that strip your skin of its natural oils. Read labels for the ingredient combination, how to apply, and when to apply. Not all products can be used along with some others, as this may cause severe irritation.
Some basic products you’ll need and should not do without are sunscreen, moisturizer, cleanser, and exfoliant.
Get The Right Makeup Products
Makeup products are one of the favorites of women. Who does like to glam up for that date night or that hang out with the girls? When shopping for makeup products, be sure to shop for authentic products. We don’t want your skin taking a few steps backward because of the wrong products.
If you are a minimalist, then all you need are the basic makeup products for your personal kit. For professionals, you’ll certainly be going all out with the kind and number of products you need.
In closing, you are only as beautiful as you feel. Love yourself, care for your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. These are some questions a lot of people wish they had answers to on time. Know what works for you because a pattern that works for someone else might not work in the same way for you.
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