Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Good Beauty Habits

Five Good Beauty Habits

It's been a long time since my skincare routine consisted of a makeup wipe and a smothering of moisturiser - in fact I'd say it's pretty solid now, but there's always room for improvement. Sometimes making a couple of small changes here and there make all the difference, so today I thought I'd share some good beauty habits that I'm doing quite well at so far which you might find useful too.

SWITCH OFF AND GET MORE SLEEP
Oh this is forever a tricky one! If you're like I was up until very recently and go to bed early just to scroll through Instagram until midnight, setting yourself a little reading challenge might help. I tasked myself with reading at least one book a month, setting aside at least half an hour before I go to sleep every night. It forces me to put my phone down and unwind properly without the glare and blue light which is proven to stop you from getting the best night's sleep. So far I'm on book 6 of the year and if I miss an evening I feel super guilty! I also use the bedtime function on my phone which gives me a 15 minute warning that I need to get myself to bed, and I'd also recommend using the do not disturb setting too -  no more getting woken up by notifications, hurrah!

KEEPING HYDRATED
If I could have a water drip attached to me I would be very happy and never need to worry about this again but in the absence of that I always have a bottle of water with me and one on my desk at work which I glug away at all day. If I can get through at least two bottles a day I'm happy. It's a tough one but makes the biggest difference to how I feel and my concentration levels throughout the day.

TAKING GOOD CARE YOUR BODY AS WELL AS YOUR FACE
As I said before, my skincare routine is solid. I couldn't bear the thought of sleeping in my makeup and am pretty good at taking it off as soon as I get home, but one area that often gets neglected is the rest of my body. I've been using the Roger & Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus Sorbet Body Lotion* to nourish my pins and they feel much more supple and smoother. They also look a lot healthier overall and that's all down to the mix of aloe vera and essential oils in this Roger & Gallet offering. It has a very velvety texture and as it's a sorbet rather than a heavy cream, it sinks in straight away so it's really easy to incorporate into your routine - no hanging about waiting to dry! This is my new before bed ritual and it really helps with the first point too as I find the mandarin and grapefruit scent so relaxing.

LOOKING AFTER CUTICLES AND NAILS
Related to the last one a little, I'm also trying to get into the habit of taking much better care of my cuticles. They get so dry and I end up with painful hang nails if I'm not careful, so a little slathering of the Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy* is making the world of difference. Initially designed for horses, for which is it was really effective at healing and preventing cracked hooves, it's a super low-fuss gel that melts into the skin and protects my paws too. I tend to apply quite a bit and really massage it into my nails to help strengthen them. I need to track it down in a travel sized tube actually as it's a little clunky for on the go.

LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN
It's all well and good sticking to a good skincare routine, but if it's too complicated or you're swapping products constantly, your skin can easily have a hissy fit. It's so important to listen to your skin and give it what it needs, when it needs it, and without overloading it. Since finishing Roaccutane for treating acne, my skin has become much more sensitive. Sometimes I'll only exfoliate once a week if that's all that's required, and sometimes it might need a face mask twice a week or maybe every other week. The key is to be flexible as no two skin days are the same. If I can skip foundation, I always will, for instance.

Will you be trying any of these and do you have any good beauty habits to share?

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