Take Care of Yourself. / Mainly Marta :: A Motherhood + Lifestyle Blog



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Take Care of Yourself.

I was roaming around the internet the other day, and I came across a few posts that talked about taking care of yourself and I thought, "hey, I should write a post about this.." So, here are some things that I have found useful over the years.
*List is exclusively for the ladies (sorry gentlemen).. feminine care is my field of expertise*

Body Care Tips

  • Exfoliate at least once, preferably three times a week.
  • Change your pad/tampon at least twice a day.
  • Use coconut oil -- for hair, face, and in your diet!
  • Body Butters and lotions when you get out of a shower are a must -- moisturize! especially in the winter.
  • Use tea tree oil for pimples and fungus on toe nails.
  • Vitamin E Oil is great for moisturizing the skin on your face and eyelash growth.
  • Don’t squeeze/pick at pimples -- the bacteria on your hands will only make them worse and will create more redness.
  • Always use moisturizer before applying makeup.
  • Diet is extremely important -- eat lots of fruits and veggies (especially the green, red and purple ones)

Tips for your Hair

  • Wash your hair every 2 times a week days -- washing hair every day will strip your hair of natural oils.
  • If you must wash more than twice, try dry shampoos instead.
  • Brush your curls with your fingers to create a more tousled look.
  • Before blow drying your hair, use volumizing spray or gel on your roots for more definition in your hair.
  • If you're going to use a blow dryer, curler/straightener, always use heat protectant spray or mousse first -- this will result in less damage in the long run.
  • Use shampoos that are sulfate free since sulfates dry and damage your hair.
  • If your hair is greasy avoid conditioning the roots, just the ends.
  • Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to keep hair looking healthy and no damaged ends.
  • Use avacado oil on your hair in the winter to stop your hair from drying out.
  • Dry shampoo is also very good for volumizing your hair.
  • The best way to get rid of ingrown hair is to exfoliate.
  • Use conditioner instead of shaving cream -- you will get a smoother result anywhere you shave.
  • Argan oil is great for hair growth and shine!

Tips for Makeup

  • Clean your makeup brushes, regularly along with any other makeup appliances (beauty blenders, makeup pads) in a mix of warm water and a little bit of soap.
  • Wearing white eyeliner counteracts the redness in your eyes.
  • To make your cheekbones appear higher, use bronzer under the cheekbone and highlighter on the actual cheekbone.
  • To avoid caking yourself with foundation use tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
  • Always wash your makeup off before going to bed.
  • Always make sure you blend your foundation so your neck isn’t a different colour to your face.
  • Aztec Clay Masks are a beauty routine staple -- it draws out impurities from your skin, preventing further breakouts!
  • Clean your makeup bag out every once in a while and get rid of any products you don’t use.
  • Tape is great for a perfect winged eyeliner.
  • Q-tips are great for cleaning and tidying up those hard to reach areas.
  • Concealer works great for a base for your eye makeup as the makeup will stick to it.
  • Using highlighter and illuminators on your cheekbones, browbone and cupid’s bow for a “dewy look”
  • When using cream products like eyeshadow or blush, use translucent powder to set it in place.
  • Replace mascara and eyeliners every 3 months or so.
  • Don’t share makeup/appliances for your eyes, it may cause infections like conjunctivitis and maybe a sty.
  • Blot your lips after applying lipstick to avoid getting lipstick teeth.

General Tips:

  • Change your bra every 5-11 days.
  • Always make sure your feet are dry before putting on socks and shoes to prevent fungal infections.
  • Green tea, lemon and cinnamon help with weight loss.
  • Wash blood stained clothes in cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt.
  • If you peel/lick your lips it will damage them, so don’t do that.
  • Applying eye cream on the cuticles of your nails will make them stronger and healthier.
  • Drink at least 8 cups water each day -- it will improve your overall health.
  • Always carry tampons/pads even when you’re not on your period because you never know when someone else might need them.
  • Clean out your purse every two months.
  • Bio-oil and Shea butter are good for stretch marks.
  • Underwear/lingerie should be 100% cotton - otherwise you can get a yeast infection.
  • Before exercising, stretch first.
  • Apply a damp tissue to blotchy, red skin after crying, it will make you look as if you haven’t been crying at all.
  • Oil Stains? dab dish soap on satin before placing it in the wash.
  • Use a paperclip to clip the back of your bra straps together to create a racerback bra.
  • Wash your pillow case every 1-2 weeks to help prevent acne.
  • Cucumbers are good for dark circles and puffy eyes just place a slice over your eyes and leave for about 15 minutes
  • Use honey instead of sugar when possible.
  • Try to drink your tea unsweetened and coffee black -- helps with weight loss!

Hope you guys find these tips useful and practical. Let me know what works and doesn't work for you!

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