As 2017 begins with a big bang, here is our updated Beauty Calendar! Dedicated to all you beautiful people out there, we have made a beauty calendar that is REALISTIC because we ask you to do only one thing every month. These tips have been designed keeping the changing seasons in mind. Use these tips to keep your skin clear, hair styled and makeup game on point!
What? Oil Up!
It sounds uncool but it really isn’t. It’s one of the coldest months of the year and you can hardly stay away from hot water showers. But hot water can strip your body and your hair of natural oils. Use a nourishing body oil and massage it evenly on your body BEFORE you shower. You can also give yourself a scalp massage in colder seasons to avoid flakes and dry strands altogether. For more tips on the colder season, click here.
TIP: End a hair wash with lukewarm water to help avoid dandruff.
What? Go Au Naturel!
The weather is a little more forgiving plus its V-day month, so it’s ideal to indulge in a rejuvenating, hydrating mask. Indulge in an invigorating face pack or a sheet mask. Use hydrating ingredients like honey, olive oil, avocados or anti-ageing ingredients like rice water, CO-Q10.
TIP: Remove mask within the recommended time to avoid allergies.
What? Feed your Skin
Stick to skin-friendly habits this month. Start your day with a glass of water. You can add a dash of lemon and honey to lukewarm water too. Add turmeric to your meals to avoid inflammation. Remove every trace of makeup before you sleep.
TIP: Add berries to your cereal, it helps improve the elasticity of your skin.
What? Beauty with a Conscience
Let Earth Day (April 22) inspire you to find innovative ways to re-use, recycle and reduce. Slowly, more and more of us are becoming more conscious of our choices. Buy minimally packaged or multi-purpose products. Buy lesser products, or try brands that are natural, vegan or use organic ingredients. Make sure you clear out your dresser at intervals too.
TIP: Join the cause and promote beauty brands that contribute to charities, funds and non-profit organizations.
What? Say NO to Sun Damage!
Shield your skin against UV damage with a broad spectrum sunscreen. It protects against UVA rays, which cause premature aging and UVB rays that can lead to skin burn, irritation, and even skin cancer. Know the difference between physical sunscreens like zinc and titanium oxides and chemical sunscreens like Mexoryl XL.
Check out our Top 6 Sunscreens Of All Time!
TIP: Apply a sunscreen 20 minutes before you go for a swim. If you’re out on the beach or on the poolside, re-apply it within 90 minutes.
What? Hydrate Well
Guzzling caffeinated beverages and insufficient hydration in hot weather can lead to tired looking skin. Keep an intake of tea and coffee to 3 times a day. Alternate between juices, fresh fruits, infused water and coconut water too! Alternate between juices, fresh fruits, infused water and coconut water too! Keep a cooling mist with cucumber, mint, aloe vera or rose extracts.
TIP: Have a glass of coconut water. It’s good for your gut health, plus your skin and hair too.
What? Care for your Hair
The increase in heat and humidity causes increased sweating which breeds germs – especially yeast, other fungi and also bacteria. This can lead to an increase in dandruff, and scaly patches which may be itchy as well. Add to that, frizzy and unruly hair and you need to take care of your hair! Use a mild shampoo meant for frequent or daily use. Avoid oiling your hair—instead use a serum to keep it hydrated. Apply a light conditioner that doesn’t weigh your hair down and go for a hair spa every 6 weeks!
Try Schwarzkopf Bonacure Smooth Perfect Shampoo to tame unruly hair. You can read our review of Kerastase’s Discipline Hair Ritual and Fusio Dose Hair Spa to see what you like and the kind of time you have.
TIP: Use a light serum to tame monsoon hair or a sea-salt spray for a beach updo.
What? Pore Pitch
Perspiration and pollution can clog your pores in humidity. Use a charcoal based face wash once a day to keep your face squeaky clean. Keep your pores by using an alcohol-free toner. Go for a small granuled scrub and exfoliate your face and neck at least once a week. Use a primer that helps reduce the appearance of pores. You can even go old school and use an ice cube on your face before you apply makeup. If, like me, you’re not fond of going for a clean-up, better to opt for a facial once in every 45 days.
To clear congested areas, use pore strips from Biore, The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser, Rs 620 and Dermalogica Daily Microexfoliant.
TIP: “If you have sensitive skin, look for scrubs with fruit-derived enzymes.
What? Stock up on Beauty Buys
It’s the beginning of the festive season, so go shop for your favorite beauty brands. The average shelf life of most products is between four to nine months so clear out your makeup pouch. You can check out the expiration checklist here. September is a good time to see which brands are coming to town, the new colors of the season and indulge in new makes.
TIP: Try new products at your favorite beauty store, read reviews from your favorite bloggers and most importantly, see if it suits your needs!
What? Nail Art
A big part of your beauty regime is your tips and toes. Keep your nails healthy and making most of a cuticle cream and a nail oil. After all, cuticles form a barrier against those nasty infections. Autumn is a great time to apply darker hues but make sure you don’t skip a base coat before applying color. If you get gel nails done, make sure you go to a reputed nail salon and don’t over cure your nails. Anything more than 8 minutes may have implications. Frequent exposure to UV lamps can cause premature aging and scarier consequences like skin cancer ( each of us have a different susceptibility to it depending on our genes).
TIP: Opt for biotin supplements to avoid brittle nails.
When? Keep Hands Happy
Your hands are the most active parts of your body. A change in the weather can cause visible dryness and lead to flaking. What’s worse, even the hand sanitizer makes your hand drier! Look for products with shea butter, coconut and jojoba oil, and essential vitamins to keep them soft and supple.
Moisturise with The Face Shop Rosewater Cream, Boroline, or good old’ coconut oil (organic preferably).
TIP: Look for 5% urea in a cream or body butter for the best moisturizing effect.
What? Protect your Pout
We all go through this. We stop drinking water the minute it gets cold. Start by drinking enough water, one of the main reasons for chapped lips. Once you have that sorted, go for a 1-minute lip exfoliation. Take ½ teaspoon of sugar and crush it. Add a spoon of oil or rosewater to it. Now take the mixture onto an unused toothbrush and massage it onto your pout. Do this gently for about 60 seconds to exfoliate dry skin and say hello to beautiful lips.
TIP: If at home, use a few drops of clarified butter on your lips. It will instantly help your lips recover and make them supple.
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