It’s very, very easy to get stuck in your very own beauty rut. We’ve learned to do things a certain way and tend to stick to what’s worked for us. However, you might have grown a bit too accustomed to your regular regimen. Here are five ways to shake things up and get more out of your beauty routine:
- Get dirty. Here’s a secret: I only wash my hair twice a week. Gross? Meh. Let’s consider it water conservation. I have about two feet of hair and it’s a bit on the dry side. Not to mention, blowing out my naturally wavy locks, puts a lot of stress on my tresses. Dry shampoo and perfecting the art of a top knot, allow for extra time between washes. Give your hair a break and let your body’s own natural oil seep in and condition your hair.
- Eyes first. We’ve been taught to paint on our pretty faces by starting with foundation and finishing with our eyes. Well, here’s the thing: when you finally do reach the grand finale smokey eye, you’re pretty likely to ruin the perfect palette you created in the first place with flecks of shadow and liner smudging your face. Why not try starting your eyes and then completing the look by smoothing off any mess with your foundation, bronzer, and blush?
- Brush it off. Before even stepping foot into the shower, you should use a dry brush to exfoliate your skin. This will not only deflake any and all tired summer skin, but it also increases circulation which aids in the fight against cellulite. Two birds, one brush. (Try this one from Elemis).
- Don’t brush it out. So, pretty much the only time I ever brush my hair is right before I wash it (which I’ve mentioned only happens twice a week). I brush to get all the tangles out pre-sudsing and then use a comb to release any new snags post conditioning. Marcia Brady was wrong: you absolutely can overdo it with the brushing.
- Crank it up. When flat ironing your hair, it’s actually better to turn the heat all the way up and make one pass down your tresses than to use moderate heat and go over and over and over… your hair.
See what a little bit of backwards thinking can do?
It’s bikini season and the majority of women out there are a little tentative about slipping into their teeniest of bikinis. As we get older, things don’t seem to look the same way they used to. Sigh. Why did we take those 19 year old bodies for granted? The days of housing an entire pizza in one sitting are long gone, and alas, we are left with these pesky little divots in our once svelte thighs.
No matter how much exercise and time you spend at the gym (though it does help), those icky dimples just don’t seem to wanna budge. Outside of spending our entire summers wrapped in a sarong, what’s a girl to do? There are no proven cures for that tacky orange peel skin, but here are a few things that may aid in the appearance of cottage cheese:
- Vigorous Massage- It is thought that massaging the skin will increase blood flow, release toxins, and reduce fluids. Endermologie (or lipomassage) is one of the most popular treatments. You can do something like this at home with the Elemis body brush and achieve similar results.
- Creams- Probably one of the most common methods used. These may help to temporarily diminish the appearance of “hail damage” but the effects are not long term. Can’t hurt to slather a bit on before the beach though! Mamma Mio Shrink to Fit is on of Ms. Aguilera’s favorites.
- Diet- A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber and low in fat, carbohydrates, and salt will certainly help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Fresh pineapple and dandelion root tea are said to be very helpful in keeping your silhouette smooth.
While there is no fool proof cure for cellulite, rest assured knowing that eight out of ten women are affected with this dimply disorder. You are not alone in the fight, my pretty princesses. So try these little tips, but in the mean time, own that bikini gurrrl! Nothing is sexier than a little bit of confidence.
As I’ve found a new found love for the gym (it’s an elevator ride away, plus… I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands these days), I’ve also discovered a little something that will aid in your fight against cellulite. It’s not a magical potion or cream- it’s been proven that the best way to rid yourself of cottage cheese is good old fashioned exercise.
Remember Fit Flops? Well, Reebok has come up with a sneaker that uses the same type of technology, which means that while you’re working out, you’re doing double duty (for your booty)! The Reebok Easy Tone uses little “pods” built into the bottom of the shoe to create “instability” which forces your body to be working even when you aren’t working it. It targets three areas (the areas that all of us worry about) your glutes, your hamstrings, and your calves. Bonus- they’re cute too!