If the thought of going out without a scrap of makeup fills you with dread, you’re not alone. The average woman is thought to spend £140,000 on hair and cosmetics during her lifetime. It’s clear that we love makeup. It can help us to feel more confident and can enhance and disguise areas we love and loathe. Similarly, it’s become easier than even to change our hair color and zap any fat. But has this left us feeling that our natural appearance isn’t good enough? If you want to have the confidence to go au naturale take a look at these suggestions. From boosting your body confidence to sorting out your skincare routine, this guide’s got you covered…

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Hair

Lots of us complain that our natural hair color is too dull, our hair is too dry, and the texture just isn’t right. Instead of reaching for the oil and serums it can be easier to dye and style our hair instead. All this does is damage hair further and exacerbate the existing problem. Hair can become damaged for a huge number of reasons. Colouring hair is one of the most common reasons hair becomes dehydrated and lacklustre. The process of colouring sucks a lot of moisture out of hair, which leads to the dry damaged look. You may find that your hair breaks and splits easier than before too.

There are a few ways to look after your hair so that you’re confident to leave it au natural. Firstly, stop colouring your hair. If you absolutely must (really?) then make sure you’re at least conditioning and using hair masks. Secondly, go for regular haircuts. Even if you don’t want to change your hairstyle a haircut is important for removing split ends. If they are left unchecked split ends can start to cause problems for your healthy hair. Lastly, try not to use heat on your hair too often, this will strip hair of its natural nutrients. These nutrients are needed to keep hair strong and looking shiny.

Teeth

Our smile has the ability to affect our self-confidence massively. We often become preoccupied about the look of our smile and how white are teeth are. Our smiles are often our best accessories when we’re going au naturale so it makes sense to look after them. Of course, regular brushing, twice a day, is the first step. Sometimes this isn’t enough to reverse staining and it certainly won’t help align our teeth. Porcelain dental veneers are a good solution. These thin ‘shells’ are bonded to our teeth to give the appearance of whiter and evener teeth. Porcelain veneers are a little more expensive but they are durable and more difficult to stain.

Skin

Your skin is the foundation for any makeup look, and if you’re going out sans makeup it’s important that your skin fills you with confidence. Go back to basics and take a long hard look at your skincare routine. Cleansing, toning, and moisturising are a must. Be sure that you also treat your skin for any specific problems. This could be a treatment for acne, serum for dryness, or cooling cream for redness. Stick to your routine religiously and start to take notice of the ingredients in your skincare. Work out which are helping and which are harming your skin, this will help you to update your routine.

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