Starting a beauty regimen is an essential part of maintaining your looks and minimizing the signs of aging. Creating and honing the perfect beauty regimen for your skin, body, and hair can take some trial and error, but finding the ideal combination of treatments and care can do wonders for your skin, hair, weight management, and stress levels.
To help you get closer to that ideal beauty regime, here are 10 body care tips everyone in 2019 needs to know.
- Manage stress first
Stress is not only unpleasant to experience, but it’s also terrible for your health. Stress has been shown to contribute to a variety of body ailments including headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and heart problems. Chronic stress has also been shown to exacerbate issues of depression and anxiety, so it’s no wonder that stress will also wreak havoc on your looks. If you don’t manage your stress properly, you’ll see it show up on your skin in issues like psoriasis, eczema, acne, increased oiliness, and dry patches. Stress can even cause outbreaks of hives or a sudden onset of sensitivities towards ingredients your skin has always handled well.
2. Find a body hair removal method that works for you
Many issues with our skin (for both men and women) result from improper body hair removal. Irritations, razor burn, and ingrown hairs can all contribute to damaged and scarred skin. Learning to properly shave and taking the time to do it correctly will help prevent these issues, as will finding a shaving cream that doesn’t bother your skin and allows the razor to glide over it. Also, change your razor regularly. Even if it doesn’t look used, most razors will only last about 10 shaves or less before they need to be changed. If shaving continues to bother you, look into electrolysis, or learn more about wax products to get smooth, hair-free skin.
3, Start an anti-aging routine before you think you need it
The visible effects of aging, like sunspots and wrinkles, start long before we can see them. This is why you should start an anti-aging routine as soon as possible to waylay the effects. While there are plenty of products that claim to be a “miracle” cure for aging, time and aging we’ve seen retinol come up as the winning ingredient in most items of skincare. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and helps to unclog pores, increase cell turnover, boost collagen, and diminish hyperpigmentation. It can be found in over-the-counter products, but the most effective products are prescription only.
4. Get regular facials
Facials are not just about pampering yourself (though they are great for that); facials also help keep your skin healthy. A proper facial will help clear your pores, exfoliate your skin, assess any issues, and hydrate the skin. Over time, this will help clear dry patches, minimize acne breakouts, and help your skin weather the changing temperature and seasons year-round. Keep in mind, skin can flare a few days post-facial, so don’t get one right before a big event.
A healthy exfoliation regimen is key to healthy-looking skin. As dead skin cells accumulate on the skin, they can clog pores, cause pimples, and interfere with the light reflecting off our skin–making it look more dull and tired. Regular exfoliation paired with a brightening serum will keep your skin looking its best year-round. Keep in mind though, not all exfoliants are made equal. Peels and acid-based exfoliators are often gentler on the skin than scrubs. Try exfoliating once per week, and then advancing to twice per week if your skin handles it well. Don’t over-exfoliate or you risk irritating your skin.
6. Try juicing
Skip the wine and try a tall glass of green juice instead. While it might not sound nearly as tasty or appealing, green juice is great for your health and your skin. It’s oxygenating, hydrating, and contains loads of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to help regenerate your skin and energize your body. Try downing a glass a day and increasing your water intake overall to help manage your weight and clear your skin.
7. Exercise regularly
This probably isn’t a new suggestion or anything that will surprise people looking to take care of their bodies, but it bears repeating. A regular exercise regimen will not only help manage your weight and your stress, but it will also keep you looking young. People who exercise regularly actually age slower than those who don’t. Exercise puts your body in a state of arousal and releases endorphins that help keep you feeling happier and healthier. It also helps jumpstart your sex drive, reduce water retention, and help you sleep better. All things that are key to the ideal body care regimen.
8. Use a humidifier
This is especially important if you live in a drier climate or in an area with winter. A humidifier helps restore moisture to the air, preventing your skin and lips from drying out and minimizing the negative effects of the colder, drier months. Using a humidifier can also help prevent colds and flu from taking hold and shorten them when they do occur. Humidifiers also minimize keratosis pilaris (KP), an unsightly condition that causes scaly, red patches of skin and small bumps to appear on the back of the upper arms and thighs. KP is often a sign that skin lacks moisture.
9. Treat your hair
Take time once a week to give your hair some much needed TLC. A deep conditioning keratin treatment applied once weekly will help control frizz and restore moisture to your hair. Giving your hair some much-needed love and care will make it much easier to style and care for.
10. Use honey to reduce inflammation
Honey is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. This sweet, sticky substance can help soothe redness and reduce acne breakouts on the face. Just place a thin layer of honey on a clean, dry face for fifteen minutes and you’ll notice an almost immediate reduction in swelling and your pimple will start to clear up quickly.