In a world full of beauty “rules” I’m here to remind you – you don’t have to follow all of them. Here are five beauty rules I rebel against – and you can too.
1. Sleeping positions to avoid wrinkles
As a woman who prioritizes sleep – I’m here to let you know – any good sleep is better than “beauty sleep”. If you cannot sleep on your back – don’t! A well rested lady will always look fresh, regardless of what sleeping position gets you that rest. And on that note – get more sleep. Sleep is how the body heals, so prioritize your hours instead of what position you spend them in. Bonus tip – invest in comfortable pajamas, sheets and a good book. You’ll be snoozing in no time.
2. Adding collagen into your diet for “youthful skin”
Ooh this one is going to really break some people’s hearts. Collagen is a great source of protein, but when it comes to the science – well, there isn’t any. Truly! I once had Vital Proteins send me PR and when I asked about the actual science behind ingesting collagen and my body absorbing it to help me make more of my own – well the conversation ended quickly. If you like the additional protein that collagen powder can add to your life – keep doin’ what you’re doin’. But if you’re only in it for the “benefits” – then I will happily save you money with this post.
3. Wearing foundation
Ok hear me out – but if I invest in tons of skincare, to then put a blanket of foundation over it to “even out my skin tone” to then go back in with bronzer, blush, highlighter, you name it – to bring back everything I just covered… seems like a scam to me. My take? A little concealer where you need it will go a much further. Let that skin shine! My preference is: ALWAYS wear sunscreen, spot conceal, mattify the t-zone where needed and blush it up. This routing allows my skincare to do the heavy lifting and lets my freckles shine through.
4. Exfoliating weekly for a “glow”
We’re finally getting there when it comes to discussing skin barrier in the mainstream beauty community – but this is something I have preached for a long long time. If you are exfoliating on a weekly (or god forbid) a daily basis – STOP. Your skin barrier is a little habitat and it needs balance. If you are constantly going through and removing the base layer of that habitat, the balance is off – and that’s where things get cranky. If you are exfoliating to achieve a “glow” try a stabilized vitamin C serum instead – always followed up by sunscreen. This will get you glowing in no time, and allow you to focus on repairing that skin barrier – which should be your primary focus in skincare. Whether you’re into chemical or physical exfoliants – take the mild approach with twice a week, or even once a month. Would you cut your hair every day?? No – keep the same approach for your exfoliant.
5. Washing your hair once a week
Ugh – can we please stop with the logic that an actual shampoo should only be done once a week? We’re all supplementing with scalp clogging dry shampoo to get us there anyway! My approach? Three days max. I believe in cleansing the scalp, and stimulating it every night before I go to bed – how do I do that? I brush it guys. Brush your hair before you go to bed to stimulate hair growth, break up grease and dry shampoo and distribute any oils down the hair shaft – this is what keeps hair shiny. Then, live your life and when it’s time to wash your hair – wash itttttt. I promise you there’s no badge that comes in the mail for making it until Friday to shampoo. Life is too short for a greasy hairstyle. Invest in a good clarifying shampoo, and some replenishing scalp oil, and take back your luscious locks. Oh and use a scrunch, those black hair ties cause breakage – that is true.