If self-care isn’t already your 2021 focus, make it your focus starting today. We should all dedicate time to ourselves in order to improve our own mental and physical well-being, and committing to do so is the first step. Good self-care is also crucial when it comes to beauty, since makeup can take a toll on our skin if not handled carefully. However, it can be difficult to keep up our good intentions throughout the year, so here are a few affordable items everyone should be adding to their shopping cart in order to keep up the self-care.
Let 2021 be the year you finally commit to a solid skincare routine. This is especially important if you tend to wear full-coverage makeup, as a little extra effort to keep your pores clean can prevent breakouts and reduce the amount of makeup you need to achieve that smooth look.
The easiest way to stick to a routine is to keep it simple. According to Skincare.com, a basic skin care routine involves only three products: cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. An exfoliant can be used two to three times a week, but no more than that. If you live in a large city, consider making one of these products an antioxidant-packed one, as this can help fight the damage to your skin from pollution damage.
At-Home Face Masks
Sometimes you will need a little extra from your skincare routine. However, professional facials are expensive. For those days when your skin needs a boost (or you just need some pampering), nothing does the trick quite like a face mask. Skip the ultra-expensive branded stuff and reach for one of these excellent drugstore masks. Your face will thank you, and so will your wallet.
At-Home Dental Aligners
We all know that good oral care leads to better health, but how well you take care of your teeth is just as important as how often. Learning the proper ways to care for your teeth (proper brushing techniques, good flossing habits) will help your mouth tremendously. If you have trouble with misaligned teeth, you may struggle to keep the surfaces of your teeth properly cleaned. Fortunately, there are at-home options you can choose from that will keep you out of the dentist’s office. Byte, for example, offers at-home aligners that clock in at thousands less ($1,895) than other, similar aligner options like Invisalign (around $5,000). What’s more, HyperByte (the company’s vibration device) can deliver results in about 90 days. And once your teeth are in alignment, you’ll have less trouble properly cleaning them and more confidence when you flash a smile!
CBD is the stuff in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, and it’s everywhere right now. From face creams to body lotions to mascara, CBD is becoming a hot additive. Of course, people are also taking it by itself since it’s shown amazing results in reducing anxiety, relieving pain, and improving sleep. A small bottle can seem quite expensive, but a little goes a long way. Compare brands and prices before choosing one to try.
It’s time to choose a lip balm that truly has your back. Many commercial lip balms actually draw out moisture, which keeps you applying in a never-ending loop of chapped, dry lips. Betches offers some great recommendations for lip balms that actually do the job (including some cheap classics like Aquaphor and Vaseline), as well as some popular brands that can make things worse.
Makeup Brush Cleaner
Even if you are fully aware of the importance of brush hygiene for your skin’s health, it can be easy to let habits slip. Which is how you find yourself using a brush that hasn’t been cleaned in months to apply product to your eye. Which is, obviously, a recipe for disaster. Set aside 10 minutes on a Sunday (or whenever is convenient) to give your brushes a quick clean. This Reader’s Digest guide has in-depth reviews of 15 great products you can use, covering a wide range of budgets.
The hype is real, and you should buy into it. Essential oils have a multitude of uses: vaporize them in a diffuser to help you relax, pour them into your bath to elevate the experience, or apply directly to your skin to soothe, energize, or repair. To keep costs under control, invest in a small selection first and add to your collection slowly.
Of course, self-care is not all about buying stuff. In fact, it’s mostly about making small, healthy adjustments to your lifestyle for long-term well-being. For this reason, you should make sure that you are buying things because they are helpful, and not because the act of buying them makes you feel good for a short time. When it comes to beauty buys, the trick is to go for quality over brand or packaging. Do your research, look up reviews, and go for the cheaper, reliable, less glamorous choice over the one you saw in that Instagram-sponsored post – you’ll be glad you did.
Don’t forget to work on all other areas of your health as well! Whether you’re looking to lose weight or revamp your workout regimen, get in touch with LBX Fitness for a personalized plan.
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