Makeover scenes in movies are fun to watch. There’s something very satisfying and optimistic about watching the “ugly duckling” magically transform into a beautiful swan with a brand new wardrobe, hairstyle and some clever makeup tricks. If only it were that easy to be beautiful in real life. In reality, it takes a little more time to become beautiful, and it starts with making good choices and developing good habits. Here are five good beauty habits you can start today:
Pay Attention to Skincare Ingredients
If you’re in the habit of just reaching for the cheapest products or whatever is readily available without really paying attention to the ingredients, you may be unwittingly damaging your skin. This is not to say the more expensive the product, the better. The price doesn’t matter as much as the ingredients. Many inexpensive skincare products contain harmful chemicals and harsh ingredients that can damage your skin. Learn to read the ingredients lists of your skincare products, and opt for organic & natural beauty products that won’t disrupt your skin barrier.
Plant based cosmetics products are increasing in popularity these days because they tend to be gentler on your skin. Choose products with high quality ingredients and plant-based formulas that will boost and nourish your skin without stripping it dry.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Did you know that sunscreen is said to be the single most effective anti-aging skincare product you can add to your routine? The sun’s rays can cause a lot of damage to your skin, giving you dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Make sure to wear sunscreen every day, and don’t skip it even on overcast days or if you mostly work indoors. The sun’s rays are extremely powerful and penetrative.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for one with broad spectrum protection, meaning it can protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays, and an SPF of at least 30.
Don’t Neglect Your Hair
Many people tend to forget about their hair when they’re focused on improving their skin, but hair care products are just as important as skincare products. It’s crucial to pay attention to the ingredients in your hair care products also, as your shampoo or conditioner could break you out, especially along your hairline and the sides of your face. Besides that, your hair is your crowning glory, and having healthy, shiny and well-groomed hair will definitely help you look more beautiful.
Clean Up Your Diet
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. If you have poor eating habits, drink excess amounts of alcohol or smoke, it will show up on your skin. People with poor diets and unhealthy habits tend to be more prone to acne and unsightly breakouts. Clear your skin by cleaning up your diet. Cutting out junk food, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water are simple changes you can make, yet they can make a world of difference in your appearance.
Exercise can make you more beautiful by keeping you fit, toning your body, and increasing blood flow to nourish your skin cells and keep them vital. Exercise also helps your cells get rid of toxic waste and free radicals that could be making your skin look dull and lifeless. Lastly, exercise helps reduce stress, leading to fewer breakouts and clearer and more radiant-looking skin.
Without cosmetic surgery and expensive procedures, there aren’t any shortcuts to beauty. But simply developing good habits will not only make you look more beautiful in the long run, but they will also make you feel much better. Start these habits today and soon you will feel more positive and truly beautiful, both inside and out.