Looking your best doesn’t have to be a battle. Instead, follow some tried and true methods to look and feel your best from the top of your head all the way down to the soles of your feet.
Starting from the top, your hair is one of the first things people see on you. Keeping it healthy is key to having a vibrant appearance. Some of the best ways to ensure the lasting, luscious nature of your locks are:
- Get regular trims to remove dead ends. Dead ends don’t just look bad at the end, they begin to split all the way up the shaft. This leads to hair that breaks off and appears choppy in places. Damaged hair also doesn’t lay smoothly and often has a dull appearance. By getting regular trims every six to eight weeks, you’ll help to ensure that your hair stays in good condition.
- Try Argan Oil for added moisture. Hair that is moisturized will have a shiny, luxurious appearance, according to the experts at LifeHack.org. In contrast, dry hair can appear lifeless and lackluster. Of course, if you use too much oil, your hair will look greasy. Use just a few drops prior to blow-drying, or one drop after styling for a smooth, shiny look.
- Always go to a professional for hair dye, highlights, perms, etc. There are a million products in the beauty aisle that can be used to dye your hair, put in highlights, or permit right at home. But the results are almost never what is advertised on the box and doing it yourself can lead to an unattractive end result or even serious damage. Never take matters into your own hands, as you also don’t know how certain shades of dye will actually look, or how a perm can affect your particular type of hair. An expert stylist will be able to advise you as to what shades will work well with your skin tone and can determine how your hair type can handle certain treatments. It might be more costly than doing it at home, but the results are well worth it.
- Always follow shampoo with conditioner. Some people swear by skipping conditioner, while others are devotees of it. Some people prefer to shampoo often, doing it every day. What works for one person’s hair doesn’t always work for another, but as a general rule, it’s best to shampoo and condition a few times a week. Those with an oilier scalp may need to shampoo more often, and those with dry, frizzy hair will want to shampoo less. It’s vital, however, to ensure you always follow up with conditioner. This product was made to ensure your hair is moisturized and healthy and infuses lasting manageability into every strand.
- Comb gently when hair is wet. The last thing anyone should do is come at their wet hair with a heavy hand. Use a wide-toothed comb or a wet brush and start at the middle of the hair shaft. Very gently begin to brush through the hair, never ripping or tugging. Work slowly all the way around your head until all of the knots and tangles are gone. This can save your hair from a lot of breakages.
- Reduce the heat on your styling tools. When styling with hot tools, make sure you are using the lowest possible setting. These days, powerful curling irons and straighteners can be turned up at high as 450-degrees. This might seem like the best option for a lasting style, but this much heat can literally singe off your ends. Even if your hair doesn’t break right away, over time it will begin to split at the ends and show signs of severe damage when you use too much heat. As a rule of thumb, never style your hair with higher heat than that with which you would bake cookies. That means stick to about 350-degrees for your hot styling tool settings, maximum. Also, make sure to always use a heat protectant spray before blow-drying and heat styling. Your hair will thank you.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so take care of it! Using quality products and caring for your skin every single day can pay off big time. Addressing some of the biggest skin concerns, like dryness, redness, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and oiliness can ensure you’re putting your best face forward.
Some of the best ways to care for your skin in 2020 include:
- Daily sunscreen use. If this hasn’t been drilled into your head by now, then you’re clearly not paying attention. The rays from the sun can be incredibly harmful to your skin. Of course, there’s always the fear of skin cancer, but there are also near-immediate cosmetic effects that can happen. The sun can bring out age spots and freckles quickly, and continuous exposure can lead to permanent damage. Apply sunscreen to every part of your body every single day. Companies today are making it easier than ever to ensure you’re covered. Look for facial and body moisturizers that have sunscreen built right in and apply higher concentrations of stronger sunscreen—SPF 15 or higher—if you plan to be outside for a long time. Always reapply your sunscreen every hour or so, or after swimming. Protect your skin to keep it healthy for longer.
- Use retinol products. According to Allure, retinol products can help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. They help to stimulate the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin and leaves it looking younger and suppler. No one likes flaky skin, and this can be one side effect of retinol-based products when you first start using them. Continue to use even when the skin is flaking, because once your skin gets accustomed to the product and past this stage, you’ll see softer and younger skin underneath.
- Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation of every inch of your skin is one of the keys to a smooth, radiant, even-toned complexion. For your body, look for scrubs and body washes that offer gentle exfoliation. Use daily when you shower, and then ensure you are moisturizing well once you are out of the water. For your face, there are a vast array of products that you can use to help get rid of dead skin cells and reveal healthier-looking skin. Scrubs, masks, face washes, and hand-held face brushes can all be used to soften up your skin. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you choose a formula that is designed specifically for you.
- Get regular spa facials. Ok, so this one sounds a bit indulgent, but regular facials from a professional can help to address some of the most frustrating skin issues. Dealing with acne? Find an esthetician who specializes in acne treatment and clearing out clogged pores. Struggling with dryness? A professional can use a variety of techniques and products to help infuse your skin with much-needed moisture.
- Let your skin breathe. Many women wear makeup every single day and some of the worst offenders even sleep in their makeup. This is a huge no-no, however, because nighttime is the time for skin repair and rejuvenation. If you sleep with a face full of makeup, you’re clogging your pores instead of helping them stay clean. Make sure to wash your skin nightly with a gentle cleanser to remove every stitch of makeup from your skin. Doing this ensures you give your skin a fighting chance while you’re sleeping. Wearing makeup daily can also clog pores, especially if you are exercising or sweating a lot. Give your skin a break occasionally to keep pores clean and clear.
- Moisturize! This might be the most important skincare tip for 2020, and really any year. A well-moisturized skin is soft, smooth and always radiant. No matter what type of skin you have, there is a moisturizer out there to address your skin concerns. If you have acne, look for a formula that is lightweight and non-comedogenic. For those who have extra dry skin, lather up with a rich moisturizer whenever possible.
Keeping your hands moisturized and pretty is another important part of the head to toe beauty in 2020. For hands that are soft and pretty, make sure you are using plenty of moisturizers daily. Don’t forget your sunscreen, as discussed above, and make sure you are keeping nails clean and neat. Trim back and cut away cuticles, and make sure you are shaping your nails regularly. If you prefer an unpolished look, use clear nail polish to protect them from damage. If you have painted nails or go to a salon for Gel or Dip, make sure you use the proper methods for removing polish and are not just peeling your polish off. This can damage the top layer of the nail.
Ensure that your hands are always well-kept for everyday gorgeousness.
Pretty Toenails and Feet
Now that we’ve made it all the way down to your soles—pun intended—let’s talk about how to take care of your hard-working feet. According to WebMD, feet can have a whole host of problems, but a few important care tips can ensure you keep your feet looking and feeling their best.
- Use a pumice stone. Rough, flaky feet are not sexy. No one wants to see your scaly feet in a pair of sandals. Grab a pumice stone and start sloughing off that nasty old skin. Regular use can help to get rid of dead skin build-up while helping to keep it at bay. After using your pumice stone, slather your feet with a rich moisturizer formulated specifically for heels, or use petroleum jelly. Put on socks and the lotion or jelly will seep into your skin as you sleep or go about your day.
- Say good-bye to fungus. Just the word fungus can make anyone’s skin crawl. Keep fungus from taking over your pretty feet by using over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments. These come in an array of formulas, from sprays to powders. Follow all instructions on the label to ensure you are fighting fungus effectively.
- Keep nails trimmed and shaped. No one wants to see dragon claws sticking out of your pretty open-toed sandals. Plus, long, unkempt toenails are more prone to damage when you are walking and going about your daily life. Ensure that you are keeping your toenails trimmed neatly to avoid issues like ingrown toenails and damage to the nail bed.
We can’t talk about head to toe beauty in 2020 without addressing two of the most important factors that lead to lasting inner and outer good looks. What are these two miracle cures? Healthy eating and drinking plenty of water. Eating a wide variety of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables gives your body everything you need to really glow from the inside out. Vitamins and minerals are vital to the health of every part of your body, so make sure you are eating plenty of good stuff.
Healthy fats are also important for all of your body’s internal functions and for your external looks. Foods like olive oil and avocados help to give your body the fat it needs to function. Hair looks fuller and shinier, skin looks plumper, and nails are stronger when you are getting the right amount of fat in your diet.
Water is pretty much the fountain of youth and it’s so widely available that it’s hard to have an excuse not to drink it. Grab your reusable water bottle, fill it up, and get drinking! Most people need about eight cups of clean, pure water a day. If water bores you or you just don’t like the taste, try adding in some lemon, lime, or fresh berries. Cucumber can also be incredibly refreshing and make you feel like you’re at a spa.
All of the above tips will help you look, and most importantly feel, your absolute best every single day. Your true beauty comes from feeling happy with yourself, and these daily self-care methods will ensure that you are doing everything you can to simply shine!