Resourced from Mind Body Green
“One of the best things about beauty and personal care is that it unites people. Entire websites have been built on discussions of product recommendations, beauty regimens, and new launches.
We’re all always looking to tweak, improve, add, subtract, and upgrade—so we asked real women the best advice they’d ever heard or experienced. Here’s a compilation of the tips, tricks, and shifts that actually changed their lives:
1. Upgrade your diet.
“I have never been vegetarian or dairy-free. Well into my 30s I developed cystic acne. I was told it was most likely hormonal, went on a prescription with no results, and tried countless topical routines. After cutting out most meat and dairy (I still consume nonhomogenized) and occasional hard cheeses), all of my acne has completely cleared. I’m a food lover and cook every day, but after these results, it has been easy to stay away from food I thought I’d never imagine giving up.” —Kimi
2. Don’t overlook the details.
“The best beauty advice I’ve ever received was to start getting my lashes and brows tinted!” —Rachel
3. Consider hair color, eye color, and skin undertones.
“The best advice I’ve ever received was from a friend’s mom in high school who told me that I should be wearing makeup that complimented my coloring and undertones (fair skin, super-red hair), not just what everyone else was using. At the time I was a little offended…but I was using a ton of black eyeliner and had no idea what I was doing, and now when I see photos, I cringe. I always think of what she said when I buy products, and it’s how I came to my simple everyday makeup look of brown mascara, a little white eye shadow, and cool pink blush.” —Melissa
shadow, and cool pink blush.” —Melissa
4. Consistency matters.
“I was told by a skin care expert that it matters to have a routine that you do consistently. Many products offer similar benefits, and sometimes we drive ourselves crazy asking if we should get this moisturizer or that, so I find comfort in knowing that if I wash my face, apply some type of serum, and moisturize it, I’m doing OK.” —Liz
5. Bare your fresh face.
“My mom has always said that your skin will always look better without foundation.” —Emma
6. Listen to your body.
“The best beauty advice I’ve received was ‘Listen to your body.’ Whenever I am experiencing an outbreak externally, I check in with the internal: What have I been eating or drinking too much of (and too little of), and I try to regain some balance.” —Jeré
7. Stress less.
“My grandma, who just turned 80 and is in phenomenal shape, swears by long walks, hats for sun protection, and minimal stress.” —Krysten
8. Protect your skin.
“My mom taught me one of the simplest, but most important, beauty rules: Wear sunscreen and reapply often! This has kept me from many painful burns and has kept my super-fair skin looking good!” —Melissa