December has come around and supposedly we have a lot more time on our hands for self-care. Whoever made that myth up must definitely not have children! If anything, this is the busiest month of the year. As a busy mom, I like to pretend that I have a great skin care routing, but the honest truth is that I don’t. Time is the gift that Santa never brought me. If you clicked on this post because you’re looking for easy beauty hacks to get silky soft skin, I’ve got good and bad news for you. The good news is that’s exactly what you’ll get. The bad news is that it’s coming from a lazy (in the self care department) woman who would much rather sleep than shop for products.
The queen of all beauty hacks – quality ‘shut-eye’ time
This has to be top on my list of favourite beauty hacks, because, duh! It’s quite simple really, sleep is the solution for all the world’s problems! It’s also not enough to just sleep, you need to make sure you are getting enough sleep. If your wondering why this is so important, here’s the science. When your body drifts off into deep sleep, that is when cell regeneration occurs.
Drink your H20 as if your life depended on it
Part of the secret to staying young is keeping your skin hydrated. If you look up many different water challenge ‘before and after’ pictures, you’ll see what I mean. What we need to keep in mind is that our bodies are made up of roughly 70% water. It’s the water and healthy fats that give you that jovial look.
Wash your face properly
We all know that we have to wash our faces, but what is the right way to do it? When you wash your face, do you scrub it with the grainiest exfoliator? Do you only use water? Do you remove your makeup with some wipes and call it a night? I used to use an exfoliating face wash daily which lead to even drier skin. Unsurprisingly, research confirms that frequent exfoliation can actually do more harm than good. It strips off the natural oils which increases the risk of getting breakouts.
A lot of ladies prefer to just use wipes and call it a day, but that will never fully get the makeup off. Ok, that’s a lie, if you rub your face for long enough, you just might get it all off. Now the problem with that is the more you tug and pull at your face, you increase the chances of getting wrinkles. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wrinkles, but only if they are natural. No one wants to self inflict wrinkles for fun!
It may not seem like a beauty hack, but trust me, cover the basics and your skin will be happy. Your pores need to remain unclogged for you to look flawless, so wash, wash, wash your face!
Find a face mask in your fridge
I love to spend time on my gadgets but cannot bring myself to research beauty products. It almost feels like a chore! As a result if this defect, I’ve learned to make do with what’s in the fridge. Did you know that avocado works wonders as a face mask? Being a natural product that is high in fats, avocado acts like a natural moisturising cleanser. There are Manu ways to whip it up into different face masks, if that’s your thing. Otherwise, you can just mash it up and slap it on your face, like me!
Avocados are especially great for skin that is prone to breakouts and for dry skin. it improves elasticity… The list goes on, but you can read about it here.
Another one of my beauty hacks is to use oatmeal on your face. Yup, you read that right – oatmeal. It has similar benefits as avocado but is geared more towards oily skin. Since I have dry skin, I’ve never had to use this one but it is something my mother always lived by. And guess what? Her face was smoother than a baby’s bottom! So here’s the thing, when you’re making breakfast, just scoop a little and put it on your face. Et voila!
…or your pantry
Believe it or not, coffee rubs are absolutely fantastic for the skin… when applied directly! If you’re grabbing yourself a hot cuppa’, make sure to take out the remnants from the pod before chucking it away. You can use this on your face, for cellulite, to treat dark circles, and reduce fine lines. Coffee is also great for preventing skin cancer! Before you get too excited, I have to reiterate that this is for direct application.
Cut down on your sugar and saturated fat intake
Sugar is that enemy that we all hate to love. It tastes great, it’s addicting but most of all, it is toxic! As I write this, I am sipping lemon tea with honey, so don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to cut it out completely. What you need to do is reduce the amount of sugar you consume, or at least time it with a time that you’ll be active. The biggest visible issue with sugar is that it causes inflammation. That in itself isn’t all that bad but if you think about the sugary things we consume, they also tend to be high in saturated fat. If you have acne-prone skin and cannot get the breakouts to stop, just try to cut out your sugary treats and see what happens.
And there you have it, a very lazy, tomboy’s beauty hacks that should make your skin glow!
Are there any things on this list that you already do? What other beauty hacks do you have to share?