Every queen needs a beauty routine
Beauty routines have been present for years on end. From the queens of ancient Egypt to the First Ladies of the United States, women have followed beauty practices that helped retain their healthy, glowing skin.
The great secret is to find out what is healthy for you and do it as a routine. Some on this list involve a little bit more time, but others are just as effortless as drinking water throughout your day.
Make this a priority right now so you begin looking your absolute best! It’s never too late to start taking healthy care of yourself. Jump into these 7 easy beauty points today.
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1. Rub On That Sunscreen
Take pleasure in your sun-filled days with sunscreen. Your skin will be protected from the damaging UV rays while preserving a healthy skin. Dabbing on sunscreen helps slow down premature aging, decreases skin cancer development, and prevents skin discolorations.
Some creams on the market also include sunscreen, a definite win-win. It will moisturize and protect your delicate skin. Additionally, it protects collagen and keratin – skin proteins – which is a little healthy bonus. Sunscreen will be your go-to buddy for a long while.
2. Healthy Food=Healthy Skin
You are what you eat. Heard that before, right? Although it may be somewhat true, it is a fact that your eating habits will impact your body. Therefore, healthy nutrition equals to healthy skin. Vegetable and fruits are high in essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants are also key in a healthy skin. They're found in strawberries, blackberries, raisins, prunes and cherries. You can also find them in greens like spinach, arugula and romaine lettuce. Add these greens to your eating habit by eating salads, they are delicious! An apple a day keeps a doctor away...and an apple a day keeps wrinkles away! Apple peels are rich in fiber and contain high levels of antioxidants!
3. Mo’ … H 2 O
Glowing skin essentially needs hydration. So, shoot for 8 glasses of water throughout the day (about 64oz). Water helps fill in your skin’s pores and wrinkles and it can lead to fewer breakouts by reducing the oil concentrations in the skin. Apply topical to also help your skin stay hydrated. About 2 minutes after taking a bath, apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin because the pores are still open and your skin is able to fully absorb it.
4. Make up be gone!
Never break this one golden rule: Remove all makeup before you sleep. No matter how your day went, what your schedule was, who you had to meet, how tired you are…wake up that makeup OFF. Always remove your makeup before going to bed because while sleeping, your face repairs itself from that day’s damage like pollution or stress.
However, with makeup on, your skin won’t be able to breath and repair itself, which could lead to clogged pores, wrinkles, breakouts or dryness.
Try to prioritize some cleansing before bedtime. As a convenience, you may want to use facial cleansing wipes, which are quick and efficient. Your skin will appreciate it. And, to help you achieve this, check out this beauty boutique!
5. Less is best
One of the many pieces of advice my mother has shared with me is to barely wear makeup. Her skin was gorgeous! She hardly ever applied makeup on, so there were no chemicals on her face that would damage it.
Less makeup is healthier. Makeup can dry the natural oils, vitamins and minerals of your skin. And without its natural moisture, wrinkles and dryness may appear!
I know, I know, some people just can’t leave the house without makeup. But I encourage you to try to give your face a break once in a while. Or you may try healthier options instead of a heavy foundation. Try lightweight makeup products, if you absolutely can’t live without makeup. Use products that keep your skin moisturized and have SPF, if only to cover momentary blemishes.
6. A queen’s bath
You deserve to have a Cleopatra-inspired-spa day. The powerful Egyptian leader, Cleopatra, if you weren't aware, maintained soft, beautiful, radiant skin by taking milk and honey baths. Lactic acids -which are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)- present in the milk energize your skin by exfoliating it and regenerating healthy cells. The honey will help soften and moisturize your skin.
You deserve your luxury bath, just like Cleopatra! To do this, just warm some milk with a few tablespoons of honey. Then, pour it into the bath water. Gently rub your skin to remove the dead skin cells. Rinse your body once you’re done to intensify the milk effects.
7. Mask of royalty
During her time, the queen of France, Marie Antoinette, followed many beauty rituals as well. One of the most popular beauty routines was her face mask composed of cognac, an egg white, a bit of powdered milk and lemon juice. Her mask is still used among French women and promises a glowing and clear skin.
Doesn't hurt to try, right? Mix the ingredients in a bowl and apply them to your face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water, then dry with a towel. Dab on a moisturizer to finish. And voila!
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Everyone's facial skin is different. Some people may have different reactions to the ingredients, so be careful. What is important is to give your skin its proper care, plus put a facial mask on once a week or what works best for YOU!