4 Daily Skincare Basics You’re Probably Doing All Wrong!

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As a stylist, I’ve heard about many daily skincare basics that aren’t working out …  “I make a mess with mascara – I give up!”  or  “My bobby pins don’t hold my hair – what am I doing wrong?”  or  “My hair is always so flat no matter what I do.”  I’ve heard it all and I hope to clear up some myths so you can look your best in the quickest time possible.

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Daily Skincare Blunders

Do you think you can pass the beauty faux pas test?  See how many of the following beauty routine mistakes you are making that keep you from the results you crave:


1.  Not Preparing Your Skin Properly

Before you start each day you have got to take the first step of daily skincare – preparing your skin first?  I’m not just talking about your face. Your entire body needs an exfoliator at least once a week.  Remember, your skin cells have a lifespan and new ones are created as the old ones die off.  If you don’t scrub the old ones out of the way, the more youthful, smooth ones can’t show through.

Don’t forget to exfoliate your face, lips, and body with a mild exfoliator all at once.  I try to do this every Saturday so I can be my best every Sunday.  My faves are J.R. Watkins Natural Sugar & Shea Body Scrub,  DIY sugar scrubs for the face and body, and Mary Kay’s microdermabrasion for the face only.


2.  Using the Wrong Products For Your Skin & Hair Type

You are excited to use a popular styling product but afterward, your hair looks worse than it ever looked before.  What gives?  You probably used a product that was great for someone else’s hair type but not your own.  Here’s the deal:  You’ve probably had a hairdresser tell you that your hair is coarse, fine, or somewhere in the middle.  Thickness isn’t as important when it comes to styling aids-it’s all about the diameter of each hair and what its texture is.  Use only hair products for fine, coarse, curly, etc according to which of these suits your type.

The same goes for your face:  you must figure out what your skin type is in order to use skincare and makeup made just for you.  If you aren’t sure which skin category you are in, there is a simple explanation of each HERE.


3.  Skipping the Moisture

The reasons gals give me for skipping out on lotions and moisturizers is because they say their daily skincare routine results in already oily skin, or it’s hot weather, or they are just plain lazy.  What’s the big deal anyway?  As long as you use the correct one for your skin type, moisturizers give the skin a drink of water, so to speak.  Just like we wouldn’t skip drinking water daily, moisturizing daily is a must also.  Not only does it make your skin look healthier immediately, the hydration allows skin to repair itself properly and wrinkle at a slower rate.

Moisturize daily.  Again, I say use a moisturizer on your entire body daily.  I save time by keeping my lotion right by the shower and applying it as soon as I step out of the shower.  My faves right now are Coconut OilWatkins Body Oil Mist, and Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.  Be sure to use the moisturizer that matches your skin type.  *Very Important:  Allow moisturizer to dry completely before beginning any makeup routine.


4.  Not Using Tools Correctly

Contrary to how you may feel at the moment, daily skincare and haircare tools are created to help you – not be a thorn in your side.  Certain brands work better than others, and it may take a couple tries before you get your groove.  Why be so hard on yourself if a beauty tool doesn’t work right the first time!

Some bobby pins are better than others and they can be your best friend.  Be sure to have the squiggly line of the bobby pin against your scalp when placing into your hairstyle (so the image shown below is upside down, in other words).  This placement helps create a texture and grip that your hair needs to hold on, especially if your hair is super soft and fine.  The Diane 2″ Bobby Pins are my fave because they are professional-grade and stay where you put them.

When you choose the correct mascara according to what your lashes are like and the results you want, you can be pleasantly surprised with how quick and easy the application can be.  I know, I know, it seems so complicated with 1500 different kinds but the mascara itself is all very similar except for color.  What sets them apart from one another is the type of brush they have.

If you have short lashes, you want to find a brush that is short.  If it’s thickening you want, look for that claim on the box.  If you already have thick lashes, then go for a long thin brush that lengthens.  If you need to thicken those babies up, look for a short fat wand whose bristles are close together.  The last option is what I look for most and right now, I am loving Rimmel’s RetroGlam Scandal Eyes.  Yes, I seriously bought it because it said “retro” and it’s my fave so far.

Remember to apply mascara to the bottom lashes first and then the top lashes to avoid smudges.  Maximize your blow-dryer as a tool by throwing your head upside down to dry the roots only for two minutes and let the ends dry naturally.  Once hair is dry, Redken Thermal Setting Mist
can be a tremendously helpful tool because it has hold and thermal protection.

How did you do?  Did you pass the test with flying colors or do you need to do some beauty routine tweaking?  Hey, don’t feel bad, you don’t know what you don’t know!

That’s why I’m here to help.

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Comment below how well you passed the daily skincare test!


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  1. April 27, 2016 / 7:07 am

    These are great, practical tips for beauty situations we all find ourselves in. I’ve chosen this as one of my featured faves from last week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I will be featuring your post on my Thursday post.


    • Shan
      April 27, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Shellie! I’m honored to be a part of that. 😉


  2. April 29, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Love these tips. I’m a former cosmetologist, so I can relate to every single one of these. I moisturize my skin daily and use SPF. The one thing I’m not great about is exfoliating. I think I could get some real benefit by adding that to my weekly routine. I do use a loofah in the shower, but I need to do some gentle exfoliation on my face. Pinning this! Happy Friday!

  3. May 23, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Great advice! I need to change some of my (non)routines! Thanks for sharing at #lifeislovely linkup!

  4. July 9, 2016 / 5:09 am

    Useful advice, I think I have to change the way I was doing in the past! Thank God, I found this article all on a sudden 🙂

  5. August 5, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tips!

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