For as long as we can remember there’s been a beauty trend, cure, or ritual for pretty much everything. Beauty vacuum helmets to simulate low atmospheric pressure? Check. Massive wigs that weigh a ton and are saturated with white powder? You got it. These are just a couple of the trends and methods we have submitted ourselves to for generations. So, with the slew of sometimes questionable advice, here are some of the current beauty rituals you can STOP doing.
1. Foam, Foam, Foam Away
Dermatologists say face cleansers are the number one thing they need to change for their clients. Foaming face washes in particular may seem like a good idea but they can actually strip your face of its much needed moisture and unbalance the pH levels. Opt for the gentle and trusted formula of Cetaphil for that clean feel without the harshness.
2. Once a Day Keeps the Dirt Away
Did you know that most people can actually get away with washing their faces only once a day? It’s true!
An evening wash is when it’s most beneficial because when we sleep, our skin works hard to hydrate, balance, and restore for the upcoming day. As you get older, the oils in your face become even more precious to have and the double face cleansing a day can potentially be robbing you of those oils before you hit the age when they matter the most.
In the morning, a simple light exfoliation with a warm, wet towel to relieve any excess product or residue is all you need. And hey, it’ll give you an extra 5 minutes of that precious sleep, so really, who can say no to that?
3. Consistency Is Key
Your beauty products should NOT have a high turnover like your clothes, shoes, or relationships. Skin products are where you want some of the most stability; the outdated advice of changing up products to avoid “adapting” to them can backfire on your skin by causing serious irritation from the continuous changing.
Simply stick with what you’ve found works for you. So put down the expensive cleanser that smells a little too much like grapefruit because, chances are, you already have the best choice for you already at home in your arsenal.
4. Say Cheese!
Tooth stains and the buildup of plaque are inevitable, but don’t go reaching for that hard bristled toothbrush to scour it all away. Dentists caution highly against using the harder bristled brushes and for good reason--the vigorous scrubbing can erode your gums and tooth enamel so that you’re essentially polishing those babies right out of your mouth. It’s the soft bristles found on toothbrushes like Oral-B's Gentle Clean that do the best job by gently buffing your teeth and yes, the dreaded flossing, that will make the biggest difference in your smile and ultimately, your confidence.
5. Well, I Fried
The internet has given us more than enough recipes for the “Help, I’ve ruined my hair and won’t leave the house looking like this” catastrophe that so many of us have found ourselves in. I totally understand that doing some things at home is a money saver, but hold off on the eggs, beer, mayonnaise, and every other food in your fridge--when you’re dealing with hardcore heat or bleach damage, you need more than the simple coating effects of household ingredients.
A lot of people say the DIY aids can do the trick, but damage levels vary and many stylists have noted that for the serious damage, some of these products can actually make it worse. If so, that treatment could be costly and lengthy. If your damage is deep, your stylist is your best bet for the help you need; they will be able to take a deeper look and give you a better idea on how to treat the accident at hand without ruining a perfectly good avocado.
Instead of putting those foods on you, the most benefits will come by putting them in you. The healthy fats that come from avocados, eggs, and coconut oil will help promote healthy hair much more effectively. So in this case, simply admitting to your crime can actually save you in the end.
By: Gioia McGuire
Changing our bodies to have a perfect physique to look good in a bikini or to look good shirtless is ridiculous, but what is more ridiculous is that we actually feel insecure because of it! You should never have to think that your body now won’t amount to a piece of clothing. Guess what? There is no such thing as a “beach-ready” body because being confident with yourself inside and out is what makes you beach-ready and just plain READY!
Has getting that beach-ready body ever crossed your mind? The idea of chiseled abs and a perfectly perky butt seems essential for the summer. The idea is so prominent because you have been taught your entire life that looking good at the beach requires a model-esque, photoshopped, picture-perfect physique. Where does the idea of summer-ready beach body come from? What defines a summer-ready beach body?
I remember being a young girl and looking at thin girls with pretty hair, flawless skin and thinking to myself how beautiful they were. I even saw my male childhood friends growing up and thinking that Superman--with all his glorious fierceness and popping muscles--was the bomb.
From a young age, we have been bombarded by thin Barbie dolls and macho Superhero action figures that subconsciously tell us what is attractive. We soaked these images up being the innocent children that we were. Our naivety towards these images allowed us to subconsciously believe that being attractive means being thin or muscular.
A summer-ready beach body has been defined as how thin you are in order to “pull off” a two-piece bikini. If not, you have to wear a “flattering” one-piece bikini that covers your “undesirables” to make you look beach-appropriate. A summer-ready beach body has been defined by how chiseled and Calvin Klein model-like your muscles are. They tell us that if we don’t have the muscles to flex for a #selfie on Instagram, we shouldn’t even pose for pictures because that isn’t “attractive.”
The great news is that your body is already a “beach-ready body.”
There is no such thing as a quintessential beach-ready body. What does exist is you, your confidence, and your spirit. You, as a person, are much more than someone who has to work themselves into an obsessive diet in order to fit into a swimsuit when, in fact, the swimsuit should be fitting into you!
A beach-ready body doesn’t exist because your body is the best body there is to enjoy a tanning sesh at the beach with your friends or to play football on its warm sand. You don’t have to be thin to be able to wear the two-piece you’ve been eyeing at your favorite online clothing store. Pose away in pictures with your friends and show off your body on Instagram because it is yours. Take off that t-shirt and think “this is my body, and I love it!”
Your body is always beach-ready. Don’t think that just because you don’t have a flat stomach, have pale skin, or arms that aren’t muscular that you can’t confidently show your body to the world. Prepare for the summer season simply by being you.
3 CONFIDENCE BOOSTING TIPS:
By Hannah Tan
These beauty hacks are meant to save you time, money and your products! There are also tips and tricks included that you’ll want to consider adding to your own beauty regimen or find useful when on the go!
Eyeshadows & Foundation:
By: Alissa Khamphanh