If you’ve watched TV, been online or even stepped into a store in the past five hours, I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of advertisements about “that one lotion guaranteed to give you soft skin,” or the “one toothpaste that will give you the whitest teeth ever.” Whatever it may be – I’ve tried them all. I am a beauty groupie who will try anything once and I’m here to tell what works and what doesn’t.
1. Moisture then oil:
We all know how dry the winter season can be, especially when your building tenant insists on smoking you out with constant 90-degree heat.
Fact: Lotion alone does not work for my skin. Instead I like to lather on a layer of Aveeno, then top it off with a nice oil. Capriclear makes my favorite coconut oil in a light spray bottle, but really any oil will do the trick.
2. Sally Hansen is queen, especially when it comes to nail care:
I have really long natural nails and the only reason it’s possible is because Sally has blessed me with the gift of her Hard As Nails topcoat. Every week I like to change my nail color because I’m super indecisive and give my nails a 20-30 minutes break from nail polish. In between these polishings I use at least two coats, then one coat again during the week. Please and thank you — it’s the best.
3. More tea please:
So I have the opposite problem a lot of folks have where my hair flourishes in the cold dry winter and is pretty much screwed during the summer. Recently, I lost about four inches of hair due to excessive shedding, and turned into Inspector Gadget trying to figure out how to save myself from having to sport a mushroom cut.
Enter black tea. I’ve heard several times that the caffeine in black tea wakes up your hair cells actually holds onto your hair instead of falling out. Just boil some water, seep the tea, bottle it, and save it for a rainy day! And by rainy day I mean, rinse your hair with the tea, put on your conditioner, let it sit for 10-30 minutes then rinse out.
4. Take on “Lindsey’s 5-Step Skin Care Routine”:
A long, long time ago when I was just a little girl, I had perfect skin. Then when I turned 11 I hit puberty and nothing has ever been the same.
Since the 6th grade I have been facing a constant struggle with my skin and until recently I had been losing. Enter the Korean 10-step skin care routine. Like most people, I don’t have the time or energy to do 10 steps every night, so I’ve modified it to “Lindsey’s Five-Step Routine.” These include:
- Removing any makeup that you are wearing.
- Cleansing your skin — I like to use a Clarisonic Mia (seriously you all should have one), or I’ll exfoliate if I’m feeling extra filthy.
- Washing your face with a gentle scrub (Neutrogena or Kiehl’s both have great ones)
- Using serum.
- Moisturizing with a touch of oil.
5. A little Vaseline goes a long way.
Sometime around 2013 I noticed I was getting darker circles under my eyes. I thought to myself, could it be the late nights I spent partying? The excessive alcohol I’ve been drinking? Old age setting in? Whatever it was, I was not having it and began researching.
Results I found: Apparently Beyonce and Rihanna both use a little Vaseline under their eyes.
If it’s good enough for Riri, then it’s definitely meant for me. I will say that this definitely works, as pointed out by my mother, who said I looked fresh since day one. Since I’m also trying to treat my body with more kindness than usual, I switched to Alba Botanica Un-petroleum, an organic solution to Vaseline!