It’s tough being a woman.
Who wants to be worrying about how their hair looks when they leave their house? Who wants to be worried about the acne on their face? Who wants to wash their makeup off their face when they arrive home, tired & ready to go to bed?
I’ve hated dealing with all the above, to be honest. Although I still fall asleep with my makeup on, occasionally, I’m learning to take better care of myself… or at least learning to be conscious of the importance of self-care.
To me, there’s a huge difference between caring too much about what people think you look like and learning to love and care for yourself because you enjoy doing so… & I’m learning to do the latter.
I’m still in the learning process of breaking old habits, but I’ve also adopted positive habits over the past few years that I wanted to share them with any of you who are looking for some motivation and maybe even some beauty tips!
Note: I’m not a beauty professional and don’t recommend you adopt my routine only because everyone’s different. The products that work for me may not work for you but don’t feel discouraged! There may be some tips that might prove extremely helpful, but in case they don’t, keep researching or ask a professional what might work for your skin type.
I think one thing we can ALL agree with is that we all need to drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Yes, it does wonders for your skin, but it’s also for your health’s sake.
“The health benefits of drinking water includes preventing osteoporosis, balancing body temperature, assist with breathing, support metabolism, relieves pain and support cardiovascular health. Other benefits includes dissolving kidney stones, preventing arthritis, supporting pregnancy, improving skin condition, balancing PH levels, promoting digestion and supporting removal of excretory.” Water Benefits
I drink at least 5 bottles of water a day, mostly because of my weight (80 lbs) since I’m petite, but I drink more if I’ve drunk any caffeinated drinks like coffee or Pepsi (one of the sodas I’m in the process of quitting), after a workout at the gym, or if it’s a really hot day.
After I made the decision to stay hydrated on a daily basis, I’d noticed an improvement on my skin, especially my face since I’d break out a lot and my skin was noticeably dry.
After drinking water, I’d noticed my skin was smoother and clearer. Regardless of how many times a day I’d wash my face, drinking water was ultimately the fastest remedy to dry skin and breakouts.
2. I enjoy my baths; I LOVE pampering myself!
I used to think that I was being selfish if I took care of myself, after all… inner beauty is what it’s all about, amiryte?!
Well, I came to realize that taking care of my body gave me a sense of healthy confidence. If I’m focusing on inward beauty and doing my part to nourish my soul, why am I going to forget or dismiss my outer beauty?
Instagram models can make anyone feel a little insecure. Don’t we all want to look flawless? Well, great news! There’s no such thing as flawless. I can assure you the IG models go through a lot of trouble to get the perfect picture.
So relax, enjoy and take care of yourself!
I figured that if I’m going to be stuck in this body, I might as well treat it like fine china instead of disposable dish-ware.
So what are my favorite shower essentials?
$5-$6 (+TAX) at Walmart. Smells good, and it leaves my hair feeling soft.
You don’t have to get an expensive body scrub sponge, you can get one for a dollar at your local 99cent, Dollar, or Walmart store.
After a long, hard (and, if you live in Cali, HOT day), I love coming home to a nice shower, complete with my sponge to scrub off dead skin.
Body wash. I’m picky about these. There are three that I consider favorites.
First one is Dr. Bronner’s 18-In-1 Hemp Rose Pure-Castile Soap, which can be used for a variety of purposes other than body wash.
You can purchase a good sized bottle at Sprouts, Vitamin Shoppe, Target, or Whole foods for $9-$10.
I LOVE Burt’s Bees products! They’ve done wonders for my skin, and they smell GREAT! They’re also inexpensive. A 12oz bottle of one of these babies cost $6-$8 at Target & Walmart, but you can find them at your local Walgreens, Sprouts, and Wholefoods too, although the cost at the three last stores mentioned may cost $8.
This body wash is amazing! But I think so is every other Caress body wash because they smell so freaking good! 12 oz. bottles cost about $3ish at both Target & Walmart, which is where I usually go to buy these.
Ahhh, yes. One of my preferred acne facial scrubs. I’d tried a variety of acne-fighting products over the years, including AcneFree, Neutrogena Cream Cleanser, Neutrogena Acne Power Clear Scrub, Neutrogena Naturals Scrub, Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub, and YES to Grapefruit scrub, but some irritated my skin, while others didn’t provide the results I wanted.
Tip: Again, for all the great acne fighters there are out there, water is still your best friend and will keep your skin hydrated!
My other personal favorites, other than the one above, are Neutrogena Stress Control, Neutrogena All-In-1 Daily scrub, Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, and Neutrogena Grapefruit.
All the above range from $6-$13, while an AcneFree kit can range from $15 to $20 depending on the kit and the store you purchase it from.
3. Skin moisturizer!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink water! For those of you who are pushing that advise aside, listen up!! Drink the daily recommended amount, and more after you workout, drink alcohol, have been out in the sun hiking or playing, or have drank an excessive amount of caffeinated drinks (like I do).
Capeesh? Awesome! Let’s move forward!
I received this Lancôme sunscreen moisturizer from an acquaintance since they had no use for it, but man have I’ve fallen in love with it! I’ve noticed a huge difference over the last month since I started using it. Yet it’s also pretty pricey – $50 for 1.7 OZ at Macy’s, unless of course you can find it for a lesser price. Yep, it’s by far the most expensive beauty product I own… but of course there are other alternatives.
Wa-lah! I love this moisturizer- it leaves my skin looking & feeling radiant. What’s better is that it only costs between $20-$22, depending on the size and where you purchase it. I usually purchase mine at Walmart for a decent price. I’ve used it on and off because I wanted to be open to other brand products, but I definitely must say this ones on my top favorites list.
I’m SUPER picky about body lotions. While there are cheap alternatives with great smells, I hate how thin some lotions feel & are and how strong the fragrances are on some. Olay Total Effects 7 is one of my personal fave lotions and I’ve been using it since I was 18. A similar bottle of this costs $8 at Rite Aid, Walgreens, or Walmart.
This isn’t exactly my first choice but I’ve noticed positive results from applying this lotion on a daily basis. My skin felt dry and itchy around my elbows and upper arms but I’ve seen improvement after a month of staying on this. Good bottle of these costs $6-$9 but there’s a variety selection of other Jergen lotion bottles to choose from too.
Tip: I enjoy hot showers as much as the next girl but I did notice that it was one of the causes of my dry skin. I’ve since cut back on excessive hot water exposure, stuck to warm water, and make sure to switch from warm to cool water a few minutes before finishing up in the shower. It tightens up my pores and prevents them from getting clogged. This isn’t an issue now since it’s Summer and Cali heat waves are hitting hard, but it’s going to get challenging around winter. 😞
Ahhhh! So much to share and so little time!!
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