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8 things mums should teach their daughters about beauty
If you are mum to a daughter, then you’re well and truly aware of the onslaught of beauty ideals coming in from all angles – and also just how impressionable she can be. To ingrain into your little girl only the best tricks of the trade, it’s important to step in at the right time and teach her about beauty in a positive way. The end goal? For her to feel happy, healthy and confident in her appearance – so she can get on with other, more important stuff…
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#1 General maintenance is a must
While you don’t want her to become obsessed with her beauty look, (there’s plenty of time for that later on), it’s important for little girls and boys to learn about basic grooming. Brushing her teeth and hair, scrubbing the vegemite off her face and washing her hair every three days are all jobs she should learn to do herself. No buts!
#2 Always wear SPF
My mother used to absolutely slather me in sunscreen, so I’m a bit biased when it comes to SPF. In all seriousness though, this is probably the most important beauty lesson your daughter has to learn. Not only will it protect her from harmful UV rays, it’ll also help keep her skin in tip top condition as she ages.
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#3 Haircuts have to happen
As your daughter’s hair grows longer, you’ll find yourself having more and more troubles with her tangles. This won’t be fun for either of you, so make sure she’s used to having her hair cut from a relatively early age. As well as keeping her strands healthy and strong, a visit to the salon is a fun way for her to change up her look. Alternatively, you can always cut it yourself – if you dare!
#4 Less is more
Eventually, your daughter’s beauty look will be entirely up to her, but the less-is-more approach is preferable when she’s just starting out. To prevent her piling on the products, buy her one or two subtle-but-still-fun ones for her birthday. Just make sure they fit the school dress code!
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#5 Encourage experimenting…
As she gets older, your daughter will probably want to experiment a bit more with her beauty look. You may instinctively want to stop her in her tracks, but remember: You probably also played with sparkly eyeshadow when you were her age. Try to support her beauty endeavours – it’s a form of creativity, after all.
#6 …But moisturiser is mandatory
The first skin care product I ever owned was a daily moisturiser – predominantly to counteract the skin dryness that came with swimming lessons. If she’s worried about pimples, help her choose one that’s oil-free and/or formulated for acne-prone skin. Bonus points if it has SPF!
#7 Mascara is magnificent
Her favourite make-up product may change as she gets older, but mascara is an excellent one to begin with. Show her how you apply yours, (after all, you’ve been doing it since way back when), and make sure she knows no more than a couple of coats is needed to make her beautiful peepers pop. It may not be needed in the beginning, but she’ll definitely appreciate the tip later on!
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#8 You are beautiful just as you are
You know your daughter is beautiful regardless of her size, skin tone or hair colour, but it’s very important that she knows this too. Show her these beautiful beauty flaws, so she knows she’s unique and special because of that birthmark, not in spite of it. And don’t forget the most important beauty lesson of all – that she is even more gorgeous on the inside.
Did your mother teach you any beauty lessons?