t’s never too late to look and feel good. One survey showed that 70% of adults feel that one small change in their appearance will boost their confidence. However, the beauty industry is filled with countless possibilities and trends that you can easily lose focus on what’s important. Unfortunately, many dream of out-of-reach and unrealistic beauty standards instead of focusing on what can make a difference. If you want to look and feel better about yourself this year, here are five simple beauty goals worth setting.
1. Enhance your makeup skills
If anyone can learn one type of art, it’s makeup art. Of course, you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist, but you can master the basic skills. This way, you won’t always have to look for a professional makeup artist for a special occasion. Moreover, you’ll save a lot of money if you can learn to master even the basics of makeup. Makeup can be a powerful tool for self-expression and self-confidence. So, this year, dedicate time to enhancing or, at least, polishing up your skills. You can also try new techniques, color palettes, and versatile looks for different occasions. That also means investing in quality makeup products and brushes. It also helps to sign-up for a quick makeup course, so keep this in mind.
2. Invest in clean beauty
While ‘clean beauty’ is largely unregulated, it connotes using beauty products without toxic ingredients. That means focusing on using products made with safe and sustainable ingredients. Indeed, eco-friendly and all-natural beauty products have recently gained significant popularity. More beauty brands are beginning to shift towards making clean products. So, it shouldn’t be difficult to transition to clean beauty products this year.
Aside from benefiting the environment, clean and all-natural beauty products will reduce exposure to harmful chemicals, protecting you from the long-term effects. Start investing more in brands that are open about their ingredients, how they source them, and production processes.
3. Nourish your hair
It’s not enough to indulge in the latest hair trends to look good. Your hair needs to be healthy. Haircare plays a vital role in our overall appearance. In most cases, soft and silky hair strongly indicates good health. Therefore, commit to nourishing your hair from within. Start by eating meals for this purpose. Foods like salmon, Greek yogurt, spinach, guava, lean poultry, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon can help restore some radiance to your hair. You might also want to avoid using hair products with harsh chemicals. You can also learn some hacks or tips for achieving soft and silky hair. But don’t end there; take better care of your scalp too. Be sure to exfoliate your scalp once every week and book for regular scalp massage (or you can do it yourself). You can also use nourishing products like coconut oil to moisturize your scalp and treat dandruff and dryness, so feel free to consider this.
4. Banish unwanted hair from other parts of your body
After caring for the hair on your head, shift your attention to hair you don’t want on other parts of your body. Few things are more frustrating than finding out you’ve got hair growing where you wish it didn’t. Instead of ignoring or trying to hide it all the time, find the right ways to eliminate it. Thankfully, the beauty industry has come a long way, and you’ll find several effective ways to remove unwanted hair permanently and prevent them from regrowing. Some treatment options you can try include electrolysis, laser hair removal, prescription creams, professional waxing, and chemical depilation.
5.Embrace your natural beauty
Regardless of how lowly you think of yourself, you have so much beauty in and about you worth embracing and even celebrating. Judging yourself by the high beauty standards you see in the media will leave you frustrated, stressed, and depressed. Of course, there’s a lot you can do to change how you look; for example, you can start working out to lose weight or fix your teeth with a cosmetic dental procedure. But there are some things about you worth loving just as they are - for instance, your height, complexion, or any unique body feature.
While makeup can hide a lot, embracing your natural beauty is best. If you can enhance your features, do so instead of masking them. But if you can do nothing about how you look, embrace your uniqueness. You’ll be surprised what that can do to your mental health and self-esteem, so keep this in mind.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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