My Beauty Maintenance Schedule
I’m sure we all have the basics of a daily beauty routine down. Wash your face, protect your skin, etc. But I thought I’d go a little more in-depth about what I do to always feel my best. Over time I’ve figured out what works best for me, and sticking to my beauty maintenance schedule has greatly improved my skin, my hair and through that my confidence. Having clearer skin means I wear a lot less makeup and I always feel put together. No more worrying about last-minute plans that I don’t feel ready for!
Beauty Maintenance Schedule
I try and always keep to my minimum of 3 liters a day. If there’s one thing that I can say makes a huge difference in my skin health, and the way the rest of my body feels as well, it would be drinking a lot of water. Just accept frequent bathroom visits as a way of life. Although annoying, you’ll eventually get used to it.
Shave Legs And Exfoliate
I lasered everything years ago, so only have light hair growth now. It only takes a few minutes to shave every morning and I think it’s totally worth it to always have silky legs and never have to worry about what I’m going to wear. After shaving, I follow that up by quickly exfoliating my whole body with a hand mitt. Not only does this keep you extra soft, but the removal of any dead skin cells will help avoid any bumps or ingrown hairs.
Right after I step out of the shower I slather on lotion or body oil to seal in moisture and to keep dry skin at bay. I try and always use body products that are on the more natural side. Right now I’m really liking the Milk & Honey body lotion from Burt’s Bees. As I’m sure you guessed from the name, it’s not plant-based. But it is paraben-free which is something I look for. Especially when it comes to products that will be soaking into my skin. It also smells amazing! As a beauty brand, Burt’s Bees isn’t perfect but I feel like they’re doing a good job of being eco-friendly.
This is a small microcurrent device that helps lift and tone your face. I added this to my daily routine a few months ago. It takes about 5 minutes and I try and do it as soon as I’m out of the shower every morning. But if I find myself running short on time I’ll do it at night instead. Being consistent with this thing is definitely key.
Aveda Scalp Brush
Every night before bed I brush out my hair with my regular brush, then use this exfoliating scalp brush by Aveda. It’s basically dry brushing your scalp. Besides feeling amazing, it helps to remove buildup and increase microcirculation. Both are important for healthy hair growth.
The last step of my bedtime skin routine is my lashes. For about 2 years I was using Revita Lash along my top lashes, and I was happy with the way my lashes looked. But about 6 months ago I switched to NeuLASH Enhancing Serum and wow! It made a huge difference. My lashes got even longer and way fuller. If you’re looking to improve your natural lashes, I 100% recommend this serum. I then use either with a disposable spoolie or the tip of my finger and lightly coat my lashes with cold-pressed castor oil.
I had lash extensions for almost 10 years and truly loved them. But last year when I took off the extension my own natural lashes were in pretty bad shape. It took a good year of nightly care to get them to where they are now. Today they’re super long and full and I won’t even consider lash extensions again.
Once a week I do either an oil treatment before washing my hair or a deep conditioning hair mask after washing it. For my oil treatments, I use 100% pure natural oils like coconut or jojoba oil. I try and leave it on for at least 20 minutes but if I have more time, I’ll keep the oil in my hair longer. Just use hot water to wash out the oil and warm water with the hair mask.
Wash And Style Hair
I can usually go a full week between washes. If I have the time, I’ll let my hair air dry and then either straighten it or curl it. If I need to get my hair done quickly I’ll blow dry it using the Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush from Drybar. At some point, when I’m able to find one in the store, I’ll see if the Dyson Airwrap Styler is better. This tool has changed my life as far as being able to do a decent blowout on my own hair. After my hair is curled it will usually stay until I wash it again, as long as I don’t sweat it out. If I do need to refresh it, it only takes a few minutes to go over it again with a curling iron.
Definitely a big part of my skincare routine! Depending on how my skin is feeling, I’ll either do an exfoliating face mask like this one from Ren or if I’m breaking out, then a sulfur clay mask. Finding the right mask for your skin type is an easy way to make a positive impact on your own beauty routine.
Every Other Week
Mani And Pedi
I’d have to say that getting my nails done is the # 1 item in my beauty routine that I dislike the most. I don’t know why, I guess how long it takes, sitting there unable to use my hands, and it’s usually a little painful. The only thing I dislike more is having my nails not done. I skip the nail polish and instead do dip powder or Gel X extensions on my fingers and gel polish on my toes. This way there’s no worrying about chipping or peeling paint. If for some reason I have to, I can go three weeks between appointments, but I generally try and keep it to two weeks.
Once A Month
Things have been a little different with Covid, but facials have been something that I’ve been religious about for my entire adult life! I really don’t enjoy most beauty maintenance. But I keep up with it all because I like things to be a certain way. The one exception to this is my facials. They’re peaceful, relaxing and I always fall asleep and wake up glowing. What’s not to love!
I try and make it to my local Korean Day Spa once a month. I’ll either get a massage or do a body scrub. That plus relaxing in the sauna and steam room really helps me to decompress and reset. It’s a great way to spend the first half of the day with some girlfriends followed by a late lunch. Or if I’m by myself, I’ll bring a book and go enjoy some quiet time for a few hours.
Hair Cut And Colored
I try and stick to getting my hair trimmed every 3 months. If I’m keeping my hair light, I’ll get it highlighted every six months. And when it’s dark, which it is right now, I’ll color it every 3 months. My roots grow in so much lighter than the rest of my hair which I think looks funny. So even though the dark color is less damaging for my hair, it actually ends up being more upkeep.
I was a serious victim of over-tweezing in my teens. Why didn’t anyone hide my tweezers from me?! Sadly my brows never fully recovered from that stage. I first micro bladed my brows 5 years ago to help with evening out my shape and fill in any gaps. Besides looking much better, it saves me a lot of time every day now that I don’t have to constantly be filling my eyebrows in. Touch up’s every 12-18 months keeps them looking their best and only take about 90 minutes.
I don’t have the best eyesight and I squint and frown a lot. That plus age, have started giving me some 11’s that I’m definitely not ok with. So whenever I see them starting to move I go freeze them again. That usually ends up being about every 6 months. It’s not something I worry about right now, but I’m sure at some point if I start to see other wrinkles forming I’ll start freezing those too.
After writing this all down, it looks like a lot. But by breaking it all up into days, weeks, and months, it’s all pretty manageable. I’m curious about what you guys do! Let me know if there’s anything you’re doing that’s been life-changing and that I need to add to my beauty maintenance schedule ASAP!