A beauty trick doesn’t have to be sexy or expensive to have a big impact. Here are 5 examples of beauty habits I think are totally underrated—do you have any you’d add to this list?

1. Putting on hand lotion before bed.

It’s so hard to remember/muster the energy when you’re wiped out, but doing this makes SO much more of a difference when it gets to stay on there for a while, vs. being rinsed away the next time you wash your hands.

2. Using the cool button on the blowdryer.

A minute or two of cooler air really does set your blowout and cut down on frizziness. It’s amazing! I’d sooner skip frizz serum than this crucial (yet underrated!) step. I can’t believe some dryers don’t have cold buttons.

3. Filing your nails daily.

I don’t know about you, but I never bother unless a nail chips, catches on my clothing or is annoyingly uneven. But taking a few seconds to file the free edge of the nail each day is one of the best ways to prevent those chips and catches to begin with.

4. Braiding your hair at night.

Forget all the high-tech heat-styling tools in the summer; this old-fashioned method for creating waves gives you sexy texture with so much less work. Plus, braiding your hair before bed kind of makes you feel like you’re a character on Downton Abbey.

5. Mixing makeup and moisturizer.

Feeling pasty? Add a couple drops of liquid bronzer to your moisturizer. Want to make your own BB Cream? Add some mineral foundation. Can’t find tinted moisturizer in the right shade for you? Add liquid foundation to moisturizer. Somehow, anything looks better when it’s mixed with moisturizer!

What underrated beauty habit would you add to this list?

Photo: Mark Leibowitz

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