30 for 30: Things I’ve learned about Health and Beauty, Part 2!

Here’s part two!

16. Use decent shampoo/conditioner.

I used to always buy cheap shampoo or I bought it because it smelled nice.  Then, whoever was doing my hair would be like “why are you washing your hair with CRAP?!”  Basically, it was turning into straw.  Spend a few extra dollars on it and your hair will look better and you will spend less on deep conditioning treatments and all that other stuff that you wouldn’t need if you treated your hair better.

17. Protect your hair from heat damage.

So, I use a flatiron basically everyday.  I also turn it up to 375.  Clouds of steam usually leave my hair as I’m ironing it into submission.  This is bad.  But so is poodle hair.  Use a heat protecting spray that covers you up to 400 degrees.

18.  Hairspray after you curl your hair not before!

No one likes crunchy curls.

19. The wand curling iron will give you the curls of your dreams.

Seriously, before I tried the wand, my hair would hold a curl for 45 minutes.  The wand gives you the bounciest, sleekest curls ALL DAY.  Just try it.  Be careful though, it’s hard to not burn your fingers.  I gave myself a mean neck burn one time.  Totally worth it.

20. Find your perfect shades.

Every year, the beauty and fashion industry decide on the “hot colors”.  While it’s fun to try out new trends, it’s important to know what works on your OWN coloring and what doesn’t.  Every couple of years I feel the need to see if coral lipstick looks good on me yet.  Nope, still look like a clown.

21. Play up one feature.

If you decide to rock a smoky eye be sure to go with a natural or nude lip.  If you decide to go with a bold lip than go more natural with your eyes. (The same goes for outfits! If you are baring some cleavage cover up your legs and if you are showing off your gams than cover up the girls.)

22. Embrace what makes you unique.

What sets us apart is also what makes us beautiful!

23. Exfoliate.

This is especially important during the winter.  It’ll make your skin feel super smooth!  Don’t be afraid to exfoliate your face as well-just remember to moisturize!

24.  Find your perfect foundation.

Remember in high school when you had an orange line between your face and neck?  Yeah…don’t do that.  When you find your perfect shade and consistency it should look like you are not wearing ANYTHING.  It’s a magical feeling when you put on foundation that hides imperfections but still looks like you!

25.  Try to buy products that don’t test on animals.

This is a tricky one.  I am guilty of not always checking the label on the back to see if the product has been tested on animals.  Even if you switch one beauty product to a “non-testing” one, you are making a difference.  Just look for the bunny symbol on the back.  When in doubt, do a little internet searching or check out this list from PETA.  Trust me, you will feel better about what you are doing for this world and better about what you are putting on your body.

26.  Try to go meatless at least one day a week.

No, I’m not hear to preach about the horrors of the meat industry.  While this is reason enough to limit your meat intake it’s also great for your health.  Try meatless monday and see what it does for your digestive health!

27.  Get more sleep!

I know-SO obvious and EVERYONE says this.  But the older we get, the more obvious it is when we don’t get enough sleep.  So either invest in a eye cream or catch some more sleep!

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28.  Accept compliments.

  If someone compliments your hair or your lip gloss color say THANK YOU and SMILE.  The sooner you learn to do this, the better.  A confident girl is a pretty girl!

29.  Don’t be afraid to take risks.

I used to get nervous about wearing a bold lip color like bright red or hot pink.  But I really like the way it looks on me.  During these times I channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw.  Just go for it!

30.  Ignore the main stream media’s idea of beauty.

This may be the most important thing that any of us can learn.  It’s tough being a woman.  It’s even harder when we are constantly bombarded by the so-called “standards of beauty.”  Thankfully, the press is bringing more attention to photoshopping.  Beauty is not definable!

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30 for 30: Things I’ve Learned about Beauty and Health, Part 1

So, I’m turning 30.  Like, soon.

While I don’t claim to be an expert on anything, I feel like sharing the things I’ve learned in my twenties.  I’ll be dishing out my wisdom in various subjects.  You may take something from this, maybe not.    Hopefully, maybe one little nugget will stick in your brain.

Today I will be tackling health and beauty.  Also, if you have any great tips that you’ve picked up along the way, I would love to hear them!

In no particular order….

1.  Moisturize

My mom told me to do this at a very young age.  I try to get some sort of lotion on my face every night.  I’ve recently even switched to night cream.  Otherwise, my face would crackle and blow away in the wind.  But seriously, it will keep the wrinkles at bay.

2. Wear sunglasses

Speaking of wrinkles, I have some on my forehead.  I spent a lot of my early twenties squinting into the sunlight because I never had my sunglasses on me.

3.  Don’t overdo it in the sun

Everyone has heard this and there is always a lot of talk about SPF when summer rolls around.  I’m not here to tell you to wear a hat and use an umbrella and never show your face in the sun like a vampire.  That’s not realistic.  But use discretion.  I used tanning beds very heavily for many years and I know that it aged my skin.  If skin cancer isn’t enough to scare you into being careful in the sun than looking like that old chick from ‘There’s Something about Mary” should.  Gross.

4.  Beauty regimens need to be changed for the seasons

For me, summer=mineral powder and winter=liquid foundation

5.  Acne clearing products (usually) don’t work.

I get breakouts.  The intensity of them comes and goes.  In high school it got bad to the point that I went on accutane.  (That’s a story for another time)  I’ve tried EVERYTHING.  The majority will melt your face off.  If you put something on your face and it hurts really bad it’s probably not helping you.  Proactiv or anything with a ton of benzoyl peroxide is going to do damage to your skin.

6.  Wash your face with a wash cloth.

This seems so simple but it really makes a difference.

7.  Natural soap/lotion is better.

I’m going to sound like a hippie BUT natural beauty products are better.  Just look at the list of ingredients on the back of any lotion/soap that isn’t organic.  Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals.  Our skin is absorbing all this foreign crap every time we slather it on.

8.  Dr. Bronner’s is MAGICAL.

This has become my new soap in the past year.   It’s organic and has so many uses.  I swear it cured my hormonal acne.

9.  Oil is really good for your skin!

I was really nervous to try Dr. Bronner’s thinking that it would clog my pores.  Not the case.  Oil actually pushes the bad oil out of your pores!  Just remember to buy organic oil. Coconut oil is really a cure-all. Slather it everywhere, you can eat it too if you want to.

10.  Take a multivitamin.

So about every other year a group of scientists tell us that multivitamins aren’t doing anything for us and/or they are killing a certain age group or giving people heart attacks or making people grow a third arm or some giant pile of BS.  When I take vitamins, I feel better.  That’s really all the research I need.  Maybe it’s the placebo effect, but damnit they help!

11.  Fad diets are bullshit.

Seriously.  Just eat healthy.

12.  Eat the cookie.

Seriously.  Just do it.  If you deprive yourself for two weeks you will eat 10 cookies instead of one.

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13.  There’s  a happy medium when it comes to exercising.

Last year I started running and working out 3-4 days a week.  It was a great balance and it really started becoming a habit.  Then, I was like BRING IT ON, and I tried Insanity.  I was doing it everyday and really seeing results and feeling like a bad ass.  Then, the injuries kicked in.  I could barely walk without being in some sort of ankle pain.  So, I stopped Insanity.  I had to.  Moral of the story is that MOST bodies aren’t equipped to handle extreme workouts 6 days a week.  It’s also easy to let yourself take a longer break when you’ve overworked yourself for so long.

14.  Don’t wear your ponytail in the same spot whenever you pull your hair up.

The hair in that spot will get broken repeatedly and you’ll end up with flyaways and noticeable breakage.  Also, be careful with pulling your hair up really tight, it can thin the hair at your hairline.

15.  Leave your hair the color you were born with.

I started dying my hair when I was 17 because I hated my own boring brown hair.  Then, I did highlights for a long time.  Then, I decided to just let my hair be it’s natural color.  You know what happened?  My hair condition improved and it started growing a lot faster.  You know what else happened?  I noticed that I have a lot of grey fucking hairs.

I’ll have part 2 up in a few days!