5 beauty habits your future self will thank you for
The best anti-ageing secrets
In an attempt to streamline everyday beauty routines, we’re revisiting the basics and replacing quick pick-me-ups with long-term habits. Follow these rules and as early as next month, you’ll see that skin and hair can get better with age.
1. Train your hair strong
85 percent of women dream of having long, free-flowing hair and almost half of the women who have long hair want it even longer. However, the leading factor holding women back from achieving their long hair goals is having dry, damaged ends that need to be cut off*.
Add a deeply-nourishing shampoo and conditioner like Pantene Pro-Vitamin Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner to your arsenal. The new SMART formula hunts out the weak spots in your hair, depositing the perfect amount of conditioner and making it strong in all the right places. When hair is strong from root to tip it’s less likely to break so you can skip the next trim.
“Nourishing your hair from root to tip with the right conditioner is the best way to repair damage,” says Pantene Hair Ambassador and celebrity hair stylist, Remington Schulz.
2. Eat yourself pretty
Clear skin and glossy hair are, first and foremost, a product of your lifestyle. A balanced, macro-nutrient diet not only speeds up skin cell turnover, it accelerates hair growth and makes for healthy gums (read: great teeth), too. Here, some lesser-known ingredients bursting with beauty benefits:
Maca powder: The Peruvian root vegetable (classed as a superfood) is best known for its ability to boost energy levels and correct hormone imbalances.
Raisins: Not only great for curbing sugar cravings — did you know refined sugar makes your hair go greyer faster? — they’re high in silica, the mineral your hair thrives on.
Pumpkin seeds: Yes they’re salty, but they’re also rich in zinc which protects your scalp from flakiness.
3. Don’t skimp on skin protection
You know SPF 50+ is the main thing standing between you and flawless skin in 10 years, but have you ever spared a thought for the part of your body that sees the most sun? Hint: your hair.
On average, women’s hair is three times more exposed to the sun than skin which can lead to brittle ends, colour-fade and frizzy hair.
To protect against damaging UV rays, use Pantene’s 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. The ultra-hydrating formula locks in moisture and fills hair with antioxidants, to help resist UV damage.
4. Remember your ABCs
Do you know your As from your Bs, and never forget your Cs? Vitamin beauty boosters can be confusing so here’s a refresher:
Vitamin A: This skin resurfacer improves the skin’s barrier function, and is successful at treating acne and rosacea, as well as providing an all-round anti-ageing hit. In terms of hair, it’s also known for regulating sebum production.
Vitamin B: This hair hero is vital for maintaining glossy lengths and improving fullness — so consider taking a Bioten (vitamin B7 or vitamin H) supplement. In terms of skincare, vitamin B3 or niacinamide is the key ingredient to look for in serums — it helps reduce redness and pore size.
Vitamin C: This powerful antioxidant builds the collagen that strengthens your hair. Applied topically, it also helps exfoliate and brighten your skin, making it a miracle worker on pigmentation. Word to the wise: It isn’t a super stable molecule, so use your serum within a year of opening.
5. Boost your brows, then let them be
Lash and brow-boosting serums are one of the few gimmicky-sounding beauty buys that actually work. The proteins in the serums help to restore thickness to over-plucked brows and slow down hair loss. Apply one of these tried-and-tested buys every night to see an improvement as early as next week.
*Insights provided by Pantene
From: ELLE AUSTRALIA