1. Give Yourself an Ice Cube Facial
As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, after years of cystic acne I finally cleared my skin. This required a lot of changes to my routine, but one was to ice my face for 2 minutes every morning and evening. By doing so you’re not only promoting blood circulation and reducing redness and puffiness, but also fighting the appearance of wrinkles and healing blemishes.
Basically, you’re doing dark magic.
So if you can, try incorporating ice facials into your regular routine. After cleansing your skin and before any product, just grab an ice cube with clean hands and rub in circular motions around your face. Try to keep the ice cube moving the entire time, not holding it in one spot for too long.
2. Don’t Brush Your Teeth After You Eat
I remember the day my mind was blown on this subject. I was in my dorm room in France, had just eaten lunch and was coming up to brush my ole pearly whites. Then came the scolding.
My friend who witnessed the murder of my enamel informed me just how bad it is to brush your teeth right after you’ve eaten. The abrasive action of said brushing basically causes the acid from your food to ATTACK your enamel.
Fortunately, there is a solution, it’s ideal to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth. But if that’s just not possible and you’re in a hurry, it’s best to at least swish cool water around in your mouth before taking a brush to them.
3. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing likely won’t be the craziest thing you’ve read all day (I know you had to make it past the homepage to get here). But what it is is taking a thick dry brush and rubbing it all over your entire body. It’s a wee bit uncomfortable at first, but is amazing for exfoliating, removing dead skin cells, and promoting new cell renewal.
You can buy a dry brush for not much money online, and I recommend using it anytime before you’re about to hop into the shower. It does take an extra minute, but after consistent use I swear you’ll notice a significant difference in your skin’s health.
4. Use Olive Oil to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
This is another nugget of wisdom that was bestowed upon me in my youth by an older Italian woman. She told me her entire life she used olive oil for everything. Cooking, cleaning, beauty, you name it. If your skin doesn’t usually break out from much, it’s amazing as a makeup remover. But for those of you who tend to break out easy (heyyyo), I’d stick with just the brushes.
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is *clap emoji* so *clap emoji* important! *clapemojiclapemojiclapemoji*
Dirty brushes are basically cesspools of makeup and bacteria you’re rubbing all over your face. So to avoid such a thing, I begin cleaning my brushes by dipping them in just a bit of olive oil. This will break down so much more makeup than if you just cleaned them with normal soap. Also, it’s great for keeping the bristles soft! Once all the makeup is out, I will then clean them with Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap.
If you’d like a little tutorial there is one available in the depths of my old videos here.
5. Close the toilet before you flush
Okay this may be common knowledge to you and I- but it obviously is not to my partner so as to not single anyone out let’s have a little discussion.
It may not seem like a big deal to do your business, flushy flush, wash your hands and go about your business. But have you ever thought about physics? Cause while you’re calmly washing your hands TOILET WATER IS SWIRLING AWAY BEHIND YOU GETTING ERRRRYWHERE.
Alright maybe it’s not that dramatic depending on the intensity of your plumbing, but it is an overall good idea to just close the thing. Bacteria does end up flying out while the flushing process is occurring, which can easily get on your toothbrush, your makeup, your door handle, etc.
If your significant other needs convincing, feel free to give me a call I’ve gotten very good at yelling about this.
6. Use a T-Shirt to dry your hair
Alright, this is another thing that is arguably “unusual”. Depending on your hair type and texture, this may be something you’ve done since the day you left the womb. But for others, it may be surprising so hey here we are.
Using a t-shirt helps hair (especially curly hair) protected from dryness that using a regular towel often brings. A towel’s job is to soak up water and moisture and all that- but can often absorb too much moisture on your hair which can cause extra frizz and dry up your ends. Also, I’ve heard it helps a lot with curl pattern.
I would suggest picking a large old clean shirt and designating that your hair towel, and just dry as normal. Really as long as it’s 100% cotton it doesn’t need to get fancier than that. Once on a trip, my friend forgot to bring hers and ended up using the shirt I slept in the night before cause that’s what true friends do.
7. Limit Your Damn Social Media
Alright you could argue this one too I suppose, but hey I thought it was important to sneak in at the end. I know it’s easy (and sort of the whole point) to mindlessly go through your phone’s apps looking very selected, highlights of people’s lives.
But this is so awful for your mental health.
Social media often leads to feeling isolated and even increase your risk of depression. And it makes sense! Whether you immediately feel it or not, being submerged into all these people’s expensive apartments, beautiful vacations and perfect relationships can honestly feel like a big “okay well fooook me then.”
I’m not trying to say light your phone on fire and never download an app again (I gotta eat too people) but try and limit your time spent. Next time you get an urge to mindlessly scroll, try doing something productive with those 10 minutes you’d otherwise have wasted comparing yourself. Talk to someone in real life, go for a walk, stretch, do something that actually matters and you’d be amazed at how much less you care about what other people think.
Do you have any “weird” beauty tips or tricks? LEMME KNOW HOE!