You can look beautiful naturally by making small changes to your skincare routine and diet. Knowing how to keep your skin healthy, how to develop a healthy lifestyle, and how to take care of your hair is essential to feeling more attractive. With just a few adjustments to improve your health and confidence, you'll be looking naturally beautiful in no time!
Method 1 of 3: Keep your skin healthy
Step 1. Determine your skin type
Knowing your skin type is crucial if you are about to choose a facial cleanser or other cosmetic products. If you don't know what type of skin you have yet, wash your face before bed without using any product. When you wake up, touch the T zone formed by your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and see if it is oily, dry or normal.
- If your T zone is very oily, you have oily skin.
- If your T-zone is oily and the area around it is dry, you have combination skin.
- If your skin is completely dry, you have dry skin.
- If your skin is slightly oily in the T-zone and relatively dry (but not rough) in the surrounding area, you have normal skin.
Step 2. Remove makeup every night before going to sleep
Going to bed with full makeup on may be practical, but you risk damaging your skin and making it difficult to make it look young and luminous. To quickly remove makeup before bed, use a cotton pad soaked in oil-based or two-phase makeup remover to remove mascara and eyeliner from your eyes. Keep it on your eyebrows and eyelashes for 10 seconds to break down the makeup.
- Avoid cotton scraps, as they leave fibers on the skin that can clog your pores.
- Oil-based makeup remover works best on water-repellent makeup while two-phase makeup remover works on all other types of makeup.
- Use oil-based makeup remover for long-lasting lipstick.
- You can also use pre-soaked makeup remover pads for a faster solution!
Step 3. Wash your face with cleanser 2 times a day
Daily washing removes oils as well as makeup that builds up in pores throughout the day. To use a cleanser, simply apply it to your cheeks, nose, around eyes, base of hair, forehead, and eyebrows. Wipe it off with a damp washcloth until your face is clean.
Before washing, you can fill a sink or bowl with hot water and lean over it for 2 minutes to open your pores and loosen the dirt
Step 4. Reduce your use of makeup
Most cosmetic products are made using harmful chemicals that affect the health of the skin over time. For example, concealers clog the pores and don't let the skin breathe while makeup applied to acne only makes the problem worse. Other types of cosmetics can also cause irritation and inflammation of the skin.
- When you stop wearing makeup, you can take another look at those things that you thought were flaws, like scars, birthmarks, or freckles.
- Choosing to no longer wear makeup will also save you time in the morning and at night. You will no longer have to waste time removing makeup before bed and you can do other things you love before going to sleep.
Step 5. Exfoliate your face weekly
Exfoliation helps unclog the pores. Wash your skin before applying the exfoliant by rubbing gently. Rub gently to avoid irritation then rinse your face with warm water.
Choose a gentle, non-abrasive, alcohol-free exfoliant, as alcohol can irritate and burn the skin
Step 6. Protect your skin from UV rays
Every time you go out, even on a cloudy day, you are exposing your skin to UV rays which can damage your skin. To protect it, apply 30g of sunscreen to all exposed parts of your body 15 minutes before going out.
- You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- To protect your lips from UV rays, apply a lip balm that contains sun protection with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Step 7. Wash your face with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which means it reduces the redness of pimples and helps prevent acne. To use tea tree essential oil on your face, dilute it with a carrier oil like almond oil to prevent irritation. Pour a few drops on a cotton pad that you will apply to the affected areas of your skin.
- Topical 5% tea tree oil may be effective for mild to moderate acne.
- To use a tea tree facial cleanser, pour a hazelnut-sized drop on your fingers and then rub it all over your face and anywhere you have acne. Once the cleanser has penetrated your skin well, rinse it off with water.
Method 2 of 3: Develop a healthy lifestyle
Step 1. Eat healthy foods
Fish, vegetables, fruits, white meat and nuts are good for you. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli have anti-inflammatory properties, help prevent cancer, and are high in vitamins. Replace bad foods like processed fats or simple carbohydrates with foods that are higher in vitamins and minerals.
- If you're struggling to eat a healthy diet, try swapping out a meal of the week for a healthier option. For example, instead of eating white bread for breakfast, go for whole wheat bread.
- Another effective way to eat healthy is to replace the soft drinks or sugary juices you drink with water. For more flavor, you can even add a slice of lemon or lime in the water!
- Eating healthy is a slow and constant process. Don't try to change your diet all at once. You need to take it gradually until healthy fruits, vegetables, and protein are the bulk of your meals.
Step 2. Eat in moderation for a healthier lifestyle
Whenever you prepare a meal plate, try to include protein, grains, vegetables as well as fruits. Also avoid eating out if possible. Preparing your own meals lets you know what you're putting in, but it also helps you more easily control your portions!
If you often eat ready-to-eat meals, now limit them to a few times a week and favor meals prepared at home
Step 3. Engage in physical activity
Exercise helps control weight, build strength, and prevent disease. Regular physical activity, even moderate-intensity aerobic activity, promotes weight loss and helps maintain a healthy weight, which will help you feel more attractive. Exercise improves mood and you will feel good about yourself after moderate physical activity. They also increase the strength of bones and muscles, which reduces the risk of injury later.
- If you are not used to the exercise, start slowly to minimize the risk of heart problems. Take a brisk walk several times a week and gradually increase the intensity of your exercise.
- It is recommended that you do 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of intense exercise.
Step 4. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night
Sleep not only improves cognitive functions, it is also beneficial for general health. When you sleep, hormones work hard to heal skin damage from the sun and exposure to pollution. Plus, getting good quality sleep will help prevent dark circles and premature wrinkles.
- Limit your caffeine intake in the evening, as stimulants can interfere with your circadian rhythm.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows to prevent back pain at night.
- Follow a relaxing bedtime ritual. Listen to soft music (or read a book) before going to sleep to relax.
- Showers or baths also soothe the nerves before bedtime.
- Try to keep your bedroom cool to improve the quality of your sleep.
Step 5. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day
All cells in the body need water. Your joints need it to stay lubricated, and the water helps fight fever, send oxygen through the body, and regulate body temperature. Drinking more water also reduces acne pimples by ridding the body of waste products through urination and sweating.
When you are dehydrated, your skin becomes more vulnerable to eczema, psoriasis, and wrinkles
Method 3 of 3: Take care of your hair
Step 1. Wash your hair thoroughly every 2 days
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to wash your hair every day. You should only wash them once every 2 days or whenever they start to get greasy. To wash them well, run them under the tap and pour a dab of shampoo on your hand. Apply the shampoo to your scalp, massaging gently, but without rubbing so as not to damage your strands. Then rinse your hair completely.
- Since the ends of your hair tend to be drier than your scalp, you shouldn't shampoo them.
- If you have frizz, try brushing your hair before you shower to detangle it.
- Be sure to use shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair. For example, if you have oily hair, you will need to use shampoo for oily or normal hair.
Step 2. Condition your hair to keep it hydrated
Apply conditioner to your ends or from 2.5 cm from the scalp. Leave on for 3 to 8 minutes depending on the length of your hair. Set a timer after applying the conditioner and once the time has passed, rinse your strands until all traces of the product are gone.
- Conditioner is good for your hair, but you need to choose a product that's right for your hair type.
- If you have oily hair, avoid applying conditioner to your roots as it may make them even more oily.
Step 3. Let your hair air dry
Heat is responsible for frizz and split ends, which is why it is not recommended to use a hairdryer every day. Instead, gently towel dry your hair after washing it.
- If you need to blow dry them, use a diffuser to distribute the heat evenly.
- Hair straighteners and other heated styling tools make hair brittle no matter how smooth they look. They can burn your hair over time.
- When you towel dry your hair, you should avoid rubbing it vigorously. Instead, gently squeeze wet areas to minimize frizz and risk of breakage.
Step 4. Brush your hair regularly
Regular brushing will keep your hair clean and remove any tangles that form. Brush your strands every morning to get rid of dust, dirt and dead skin. Brush your ends first and work your way up to the roots to prevent the pain of brushing.
- Go for a natural bristle brush, as it is less likely to pull on your hair.
- Use a wide-toothed comb rather than a brush to detangle your hair and prevent damage.
Step 5. Apply a hair mask once a week
A hair mask will help hydrate and strengthen your hair. After washing your hair, work the mask into your roots and then gradually work your way up to the ends. Use a massaging motion to allow the product to cover all of your hair before running your fingers through. Place a warm towel or shower cap on your head for 20 minutes and then rinse off the mask.
- Optionally, you can apply an anti-frizz serum after rinsing off the mask and drying your hair.
- Read the instructions on the container before purchasing the mask, as some need to be applied daily, others weekly.
- How often to use a hair mask will depend on your hair type. If you have very frizzy hair, keep the mask on overnight for best results.
Step 6. Use salt water solution for natural curls
To use a salt water solution, wet your hair and then brush it with a wide-toothed comb. Make sure they are damp, but not soaked, then apply the solution to their lower half. Avoid putting it on the roots so as not to cause frizz. Then roll up and twist your hair from the bottom up with your hands to create waves and curls.
If you apply shampoo before using the salt water solution, opt for a moisturizing shampoo, as the salt water can dry out your hair
- Wear lip balm to hydrate your lips.
- Make sure your nails are always clean and wear some clear nail polish to make them look healthy.
- Use skincare products designed for your skin type, whether oily, sensitive or dry.
- Be yourself.