This month is a back-to-basics guide to personal care with the goal of finding simple little tricks and products that will help keep you looking your best. For example, what can help you find and eliminate your chin hairs before your best friend sidles up next to you and begins to braid them? What can help you get rid of acne and hopefully end perpetual puberty? The solutions may seem simple, even basic, but they work.
Chin hairs: The enemy of every well-groomed woman. They are always invisible and seem to grow overnight. By the time you notice them they are so long you can either play ‘em like a fiddle or pluck ‘em like a banjo. All you need is someone blowing on a gallon jug next to you and you’ve got yourself a hoedown. What can you do to find and remove your nasty chin hairs before they inspire a square dance?
- Invest in a good set of tweezers. Ditch the drug store pair that allows the hair to slip through or break before you can pluck it completely. Whatever money you spend will be worth it. Quality = Value. I recommend Tweezerman tweezers. Their tips are hand-filed so you always get the best grip, and they come with a lifetime warranty. I’ve had mine for 13 years now and still love them.
- Invest in a good mirror. Have you noticed that chin hairs seem to suddenly appear when you’re outside? That’s because light bounces off all the natural highlights in your hair, whether on top of your head or on your face. You need good lighting to see all those fine little hairs. So I recommend investing in a good mirror–one with a magnifier and a light.
- Wash your face. Basic? Yes. Since our skin is a natural bacteria factory and most acne infections are bacterial in nature, washing your face can keep breakouts at bay. That being said, a word of caution: anti-bacterial face washes or hand soaps can cause additional problems, such as extreme drying and flaking, which can perpetuate your breakouts. So it’s much better to wash with a gentle, creamy cleanser. Young Living has a wonderful skin care line called ART that I highly recommend. It’s gentle, non-drying, and all natural.
- Use an astringent. I recommend Young Living’s Art Refreshing toner. It is gentle, soothing, and refreshing. But if you prefer to make your own, use either distilled water or Witch Hazel as a base, add two drops of vitamin E, and five drops of an essential oil that is calming—such as lavender, geranium, or German chamomile. If the infections continue, try adding Purification or Tea Tree oil to your toner. These will not only cleanse your skin, but also refresh it. You can also try apple cider vinegar to balance your ph levels or hydrogen peroxide as a cleansing toner. If you use the latter, you can benefit from my experience—use peroxide sparingly, unless you want your eyebrows to be dyed a lovely bottle-blonde.
- Moisturize. If left unchecked, dry skin and inflammation can actually cause more acne. So moisturize your face at least once a day even if you’re in the middle of a breakout. Look for a moisturizer that is non-clogging or non-comedogenic. Young Living’s Art Light or Intensive moisturizer is non-greasy, all-natural, and paraben-free.
It doesn’t take expensive beauty products or a lot of time to keep you looking your best. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a natural or better quality product into your beauty regimen. I hope these suggestions help you to avoid a chin hair hoedown and keep your awkward adult acne at bay. To learn more beauty tips and tricks, visit us every Friday during nestpretty’s spa month.
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