The way we feel about our appearance impacts our mental wellbeing. When you feel down about the way you look, it can be difficult to find the emotional strength to face the day with your head held high.
Finding an effective beauty regime and indulging in some vital self-care will help you overcome your insecurities and feel comfortable in your own skin. Sometimes we need to put ourselves first, so we have the confidence and focus necessary to take care of the other people in our lives.
Follow these health and beauty tips to discover the best version of yourself.
Declutter your cosmetics
Half empty tubs of old foundation, dried up mascara, and expired wrinkle cream are not going to make you look or feel your best.
Put aside some time to declutter your cosmetics collection, throwing away all the things you don’t use and replacing only those items you can’t live without. It’s a surprisingly cathartic process, it leaves your room looking much tidier, and by being ruthless about what you keep or replace, you’ll gain a better sense of your own personal style.
Wash your makeup brushes
While you’re going through your makeup stash, take the opportunity to give your brushes and sponges a thorough clean.
Beauty experts all agree that brushes and sponges should be cleaned regularly to get rid of spot-causing bacteria. Use baby shampoo or antibacterial soap to gently clean them in lukewarm water, then spread them out on a flat surface to dry naturally. You’ll be amazed at how much fresher your makeup looks, and how much fewer confidence-knocking breakouts you have to endure.
Take a long bath
Few things are more relaxing than a long soak in a hot bath using your favourite products and senses.
Light some candles, then grab some bath soak and essential oils to create a spa-like experience. Taking the time to relax, to pamper yourself, and to use your favourite moisturisers and soap products is a way to show your body some love and attention, and to grow to accept it flaws and all.
Take care of your hair
If a bad hair day makes you feel like wearing a paper bag, a good hair day makes you feel like you can take on the world. And if you take the time to ensure your hair is in top condition, you can get that good-hair-day glow seven days a week.
Applying a hair mask once or twice a week is the best way to keep your hair healthy, glossy, and resistant to the effects of styling products and weather.
You don’t need to spend a fortune either; simply make your own mask using two tablespoons of coconut oil, four teaspoons of sugar, and two drops of tea tree oil mixed in a bowl. Leave in your hair for ten minutes, then rinse and admire how much more nourished it looks and feels.
Exfoliate from head to toe
Exfoliating your face and body every few days will remove the dirt, dead skin, and excess oil we all accumulate in the course of daily life, leaving your skin looking healthy and radiant.
Starting with your face, scrub yourself down using your favourite exfoliant. You can even use the same natural mixture as your homemade hair mask. Make sure to moisturise afterwards for soft, supple, thoroughly cleansed skin.
Sometimes, it’s not dry hair or dull skin that’s damaging our self-esteem, but something no amount of conditioner or moisturiser can fix.
If one aspect of your appearance is preventing you from living the life you deserve, it’s time to do something about it. Book a consultation with a reputable clinic, such as London’s Centre for Surgery. They offer a range of both non-invasive and surgical procedures, to help you rediscover your confidence and happiness.