Brightening Your Hair and Skin

Brightening Your Hair and Skin

So you’re walking down the street in your plain t-shirt and jeans. You did your hair and makeup. You’re feeling pretty cute for a weekend of mild shopping. As you round the corner, you see a woman in similar dress as you: jeans and a t-shirt. Her hair is down and curled like yours. Her makeup is basic and similar to yours. But there’s one difference: Her hair looks so much better than yours, and it has nothing to do with the styling.

So why did she pull off the same look you did but look better than you? The odds are it’s your hair and skin products.

A Better Hair Product

You may not know it, but your hair products make or break your hair’s appearance. They really do. You may not believe me because you think good products are a waste of money, but it’s probably that little extra that girl had but you didn’t. Even the most basic professional products are 20 times better for your hair and its appearance than anything you can buy at the drugstore. Why?

Professional products actually clean your hair. They also protect it and help it find its natural shine. Don’t believe me? Purchase a sample bottle of professional shampoo and conditioner. Try it for a week. See how your hair behaves. Then throw out your cheap products. Good shampoo and conditioner are some of the best investments you can make if you want a fresh, clean appearance.

Those cheap products are full of oils your hair cannot absorb and heavy waxes. Yes, I said wax. All the cheap brands are full of wax that “makes your hair shine” but weigh it down and can ruin your style. You won’t regret your decision for better products—I cross my heart.

Brighter, More Moisturized Skin

Brighter skin doesn’t have to involve expensive microdermabrasion and chemical peels. For the everyday woman, a little exfoliating and moisturizing can make all the difference in your skin’s natural glow. It’s not even hard. Just a few steps each day for a few minutes can give you the healthy skin you desire.

Step 1: Exfoliate

Now we’re talking about exfoliating your entire body. Let’s start with your face. You don’t need to exfoliate every day or every other day. Shoot for around three times a week. Wash your face of any makeup, and gently use an exfoliating scrub. Choose a scrub with small grains instead of the cheapest exfoliator you can get. The bigger grains can tear up your skin. Start by rubbing in gentle circles from your hairline to your chin. Repeat and rinse.

Combine two parts granulated sugar to one part vegetable oil—with a touch of vanilla extract if you like—for a simple body exfoliator. After you wash in the shower, rub the combination all over in circles. As you shave your legs, shave “off” the granules. You’ll see a big difference in your skin’s smoothness as you do. Now rinse.

Step 2: Facial Moisturizer

Once you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, apply a light moisturizer to your face. You don’t need anything too heavy if you have moderate skin. You may want to apply it at night rather than the morning. Try both or either to see which your skin reacts to best.

Step 3: Body Hydration

When you get out of the shower, towel off. While your skin is still warm, apply lotion everywhere before you dress. The lotion will lock in your natural moisture following your shower. After several days, you’ll see a big difference your skin’s taunt and touch.