7 simple ways to be kinder to your skin and hair (and they'll certainly thank you for it)

Glow girl.

12 Mar 2019
In partnership with Schwarzkopf Only Love

Barely there beauty is here to stay, and anyone who isn’t a friggin supermodel is wondering how to forgo foundation, highlighter, blush and the hair-styling step, without being asked if we’re unwell *fine actually thanks. Well, I was until you said that*.

The annoying thing is, we actually love a no-makeup day. Heading out on a long weekend walk with a freshly cleansed and moisturised face, and letting nature do it's breezy blowdry thang on just-washed hair is nothing short of heavenly. But going sans slap on a daily basis? In public? Let’s just say, we’re not quite there yet - especially when harsh weather, a rubbish diet and a general lack of self-care get involved.

But there may be a way to change this mentality. Of course we’re going to reach for the makeup and straighteners if the basics are in total disrepair, but covering up those issues is not the answer. Breakouts, dryness and breakage are our skin and hair’s way of saying something’s up, so let's listen. For healthy, glowing skin and hair that’s worth showing off, we need to seek out the root of the problem and show ourselves a little kindness.

Wondering where to start? We’ve rounded up seven common hair and skin concerns, plus the kind responses that actually get results. All it takes is a little patience and consideration. Maybe we will embrace that 'au natural' trend after all…

Skin concern: Blemishes
Kind response: Diet, hormones and unwashed makeup brushes are just a few factors that may have sparked your breakouts. To understand the 'why', look into face mapping - the art of connecting the region of your spots to the cause. With a bit of information and a few lifestyle changes, you may be able to prevent them entirely.

Hair concern: Breakage
Kind response: Strands are weakened when chemicals, alcohol and heat-styling tools come into play. To prevent damage, choose natural ingredients when you can, and remember to use a heat-protection spray when styling. Even better - avoid heat altogether, embrace the airdry and fall in love with your natural waves, curls and kinks.

Skin concern: Dryness
Kind response: Hydration is the key to combatting dryness, but not just from the outside (hyaluronic acid, always). Drinking plenty of water is essential for upping those moisture levels too, while gentle exfoliation with a muslin cloth and creamy cleanser will help to lift any dead skin cells from the surface.

Hair concern: Flaky scalp
Kind response: Healthy hair starts from the roots so keeping your scalp nourished will not only counteract dandruff, it could encourage strong and shiny hair growth too. For this reason, a weekly scalp massage with oil or serum is a must *oh, alright then*.

Skin concern: Sensitivity
Kind response: Flareups and irritation could be a reaction to your skincare choices. To undo the damage, knock back the steps and remove any products with unnecessary extras - we're talking fragrance, parabens and sulphates for a start. If in doubt, natural nourishers such as chamomile and lavender oils should help calm the situation.

Hair concern: Greasy roots
Kind response: Washing your hair every day may seem like a necessity when battling grease, but this frequent habit could actually be encouraging that excess oil. To train hair in lasting longer, temporarily embrace that second-day shine and let your strands get used to the new schedule.

Skin concern: Oily t-zone
Kind response: Strange as it may sound, your oily skin may actually be craving moisture. Oil production is your skin's way of telling you what's lacking, so treat it to some extra hydration to bring back balance. In the meantime, yarrow is nature's solution to shine.