We all want to take good care of our skin and hair – and we’re typically pretty good about the daily maintenance – but what could we be doing on a weekly and monthly basis to make sure we’re keeping our hair and skin healthy?
Here are some considerations for what to try daily, weekly and beyond.
First of all, and perhaps most importantly, know that not every day is going to be your best beauty day. We all have bad hair days, sudden blemishes and unexpected emergencies, but remember: they happen to the best of us. Don’t let these days get you down!
You, of course, need to wash your face every day. Use a gentle cleanser each night before you go to bed, and then in the morning, splash your face with some cool water to help reduce puffiness around the eyes.
For your body, if your skin is easily irritated or prone to flakiness, most soaps will probably dry out your skin and should be avoided. Try Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter for a superior hydration that will last and save you time in the morning.
Put on sunscreen. This is for your long-term health. Even on days when you can’t see the sun, use a daily moisturizer with an SPF to ensure that your skin is protected. Try Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while protecting your skin from the sun.
For your hair, while you don’t need to wash every day (second-day hair anyone?) be sure to brush it out. And on those off-wash days, use dry shampoo to soak up any oil and a little dab of conditioner to tame any flyaways.
Regular exfoliation is one of the easiest yet most effective paths to beautiful skin. Exfoliating once or twice a week may help to clear and smooth your skin, and takes only seconds – no expensive and lengthy aesthetician visit required.
Here are three ways to work exfoliation into your routine, for your face and your whole body:
1. Use a Washcloth
That beloved cleanser you swear by and have been using since seventh grade? No need to switch it out – simply towel it off your wet skin with a damp cloth using a circular motion and a firm but gentle hand. This manual exfoliating action will help reveal newer skin underneath. No need to scrub – easy does it!
2. Indulge in a Mask
Whether once a week or twice a month, it’s key to use a regular deep-cleaning mask to unclog your pores and remove the deeper gunk. Exfoliators like lactic acid nibble away at dead cells.
Olay ProX Glycolic Peel, for instance, renews skin's surface layer by layer for professional results at home in just 5 nights.
3. Choose a Scrub
If your skin isn't overly sensitive, a granular scrub with beads, crystals or grains might be just the ticket. Once a week, after you've cleaned your face, work a nickel-sized amount of your favorite scrub into your hands and then massage into your face in circular motions. Gentle buffing is key. Rinse off the scrub and you're good to go.
Be sure not to exfoliate too much, especially if you have sensitive skin. Once or twice a week will do the trick. Regardless of your method, don't forget the sunscreen: Exfoliated skin is fresh and very sensitive to sunlight, so it always requires extra protection, even in the winter months.
For your hair, a weekly hydrating hair mask – like Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist – is a great option. Also, giving yourself a 10-minute scalp massage can help both your skin and your hair.
Monthly or Quarterly
Splurge on a professional facial once in a while. It’s not only relaxing, it will leave your skin feeling great.
Also, your skin needs change with the seasons, so it’s essential to adapt your skin-care routine accordingly. In the winter, it’s important to find the right moisturizer for your skin and protect it from cooler weather. In the summer, sunscreen is key.
Get your hair trimmed. Cutting off any split ends doesn’t actually help your hair grow faster (that’s an old myth), but it does make it seem like your hair grows faster since the ends aren’t breaking off.
Once a quarter or so is also a good time to wash your makeup brushes, or try some new makeup shades altogether.
What are the big parts of your beauty routine? Let us know in the comments below!