I had a facial last week.
No biggie, you say? Well, yes … and no.
See, the thing is I actually do believe that I deserve a bit of regular pampering (budget permitting). And my skin is not getting any younger.
Yes, I’m generally happy with how it looks and I am Miss Good Two Shoes when it comes to cleansing and moisturising every morning and night but nothing does beat a little professional boost. Particularly if you can do that on a regular basis.
So, my 2014 beauty resolution is to book in for a facial every month.
Not only do I find the whole massage your face thing extremely stress reducing but I know (from times in the past that I’ve been consistent) that my skin really does look a whole lot better. It’s the cumulative effect of this consistency that does it.
This little resolution of mine got me to thinking. How else could I shake up my beauty routine?
Perhaps you might be looking for a little jolt in the direction of your beauty cabinet too?
1. Book in for a facial. Yes you might be “sold” into buying products at the end of it but think of the experience as a treat for your skin. Don’t buy when you’re still in that blissful post-facial stage. Instead ask for samples to take home. If you like the samples and the cost fits your beauty budget then swap them out when you run out of what you’re already using. For the record, I had a HydroPeptide facial at Endota Rosalie. It’s designed to really pump up the moisture levels of dry skin. It did just that.
2. Change your skincare products. When was the last time you bought something different for your skin? If it was 10 years ago then chances are your skin needs a little something different. Ask friends what they use, talk to experts when you are having a facial or ask for advice in store. Get samples where you can before making a wholesale switch. You know what I’ve had success with for a while now? Avon‘s Anew Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with A-F33. Yes, Avon.
3. Get consistent. If you’re not already, that is. Do you cleanse and moisturise morning and night? Create the habit and you’ll feel not quite right going to bed with a face of makeup on. Think how much cleaner your pillow case will be too? Keep a pack of cleansing wipes and moisturiser beside your bed for *those* nights when you may fall into bed utterly exhausted and possibly tired and emotional. Make sunscreen a daily part of our morning routine. Make a serum a daily part of your evening routine. Keep it simple and create a routine that you can be consistent with. For a supermarket buy, I cannot go past NIVEA Pure and Natural cleansing wipes and I also like new kids on the facial wipes block: Kosmea facial cleansing wipes and Dermalogica pre-cleanse wipes.
4. Create time. I’m guilty of really looking after my face but completely letting any body scrubbing and moisturising slide. If you have a bath, make a weekly appointment with it and create a home spa that’s conducive to you making regular body pampering a vague reality. In between, stock your shower with products that may allow for a short pampering every day. Anything that can be done or used in the shower gets a tick in my book. That’s why you’ll always find NIVEA in-shower body lotion in my shower. When I’m a little less lazy, I reach for a Sodashi body oil and swear my skin sings along to Pharell Williams’ Happy (sorry if that’s now in your head too).
5. Buy a new lippie. You know my thoughts here. This is the most simple way to give your makeup look a freshen up. Instant mood changer. Cargo is new to Mecca Cosmetica and I’m in love with the Essential Lip in Punta Cana (bright fuchsia).
6. Get your foundation colour-matched. Or maybe it’s time to look at a new foundation that better suits your skin for where it’s at now? The colour thing is the most important though as our skin can change colour slightly between seasons. You don’t want it to look like you have foundation on. Your skin should look normal, just an enhanced version of normal.
7. Try a new eye colour combination. I know that I am guilty of reaching for the same grouping of neutral eye colours … every time. You can still stay neutral but why not swap your taupes for coppers? I have worked Maybelline NY’s Big Eyes in Luminous Brown into my mix and it makes my blue eyes pop.
8. Consider a new hair style or colour. This is a big one and not one to be taken lightly but one to be considered I think. It’s amazing the difference even a slight change can make. Work with your hairdresser though and book in for an extra consultation time to really discuss options or ideas you might have in mind.
9. Change hair care products. Not sure if it’s a scientific fact but at the SY Institute, I’ve found that my hair can get a bit clued up to the fact that I’m using the same products on it every time I wash my hair. Switching out with a different shampoo and conditioner usually brings it back into line. Maybe that’s just me? In any case, I always have two types on the go to keep my hair on its game.
10. Teach yourself a new way to style your hair. I’m so, so guilty of styling my hair one of three ways – straightened with irons, flicked out with irons or scraped back into a pony tail. Are you guilty as charged too? Wrap your hair around Christina Butcher’s (AKA Hair Romance) book, Braids, Buns and Twists, and you’ll be mixing it up in no time.
11. Seek out a new signature scent. I play favourites too but every so often I’ll stumble across a new scent I’d like to call my own. That happened recently on a visit to Libertine Parfumerie and I now have my olfactory set on a fragrance that was inspired by the scent of cognac.
How’s your beauty routine looking? Anything you’d like to shake up?