3 Beauty Rules You Need to Follow Right Now

Looking to up your beauty game? These three beauty rules will help you achieve your skin goals.

Each day handfuls of new serums, lotions and creams promising to make time stand still launch around the world. But with the overwhelming choice of skincare products to pick from and the rise of social media – anyone with a smartphone can be a beauty expert these days – it has become harder to separate fact from fiction.

“People are becoming savvier with their use of skincare products and active ingredients are more readily available,” says Katy Bacon, education manager for Murad Australasia Pacific. And while we are more educated about the skincare options available to us, instead of consulting professionals for advice on skin problems, many people are turning to Doctor Google. “People are often self-diagnosing and combining multiple active ingredients, as a result damaging their skin,” says Bacon.

Stop Over-Treating Skin

Surprisingly, there definitely can be too much of a good thing when it comes to skincare, particularly where exfoliation is concerned, says Bacon. “I am seeing a lot of over-processed skin from people over exfoliating,” she says. “It causes dryness, irritation and sensitivity.”

Bacons says rather than self-diagnose your skin, get the right advice when it comes to incorporating potent active ingredients into your routine. “I can’t urge people enough to seek proper skin care advice from an experienced skincare professional before purchasing multiple forms of exfoliators, retinol, AHAs and at home peels.” At the end of the day, if you want to see real results, less can most definitely be more with skincare, says Bacon.

Wearing Sunscreen Every Day is Non-Negotiable 

For many of us sunscreen only makes an appearance once warmer weather arrives bringing with it the sun’s harmful UV rays. But global educator for Elizabeth Arden Professional and Priori, Tracy May-Harriott, explains that it’s one step we should be including in our routine no matter what the weather.

“Even on cloudy days we have a lot of UV hitting the earth and our skin. We get negative effects too from infra-red and blue wavelengths too so sunscreen is becoming increasingly essential as the science starts to consistently back-up the findings of harmful rays,” she explains. If you make one thing top of your beauty rules for 2019, May-Harriott says make it the application of sunscreen. “It starts with prevention, remember.”

You Are What You Eat

While the odd piece of chocolate or indulgent meal won’t cause acne or significant skin problems, Bacon says we are ultimately what we eat. “As scientists learn more about diet and the body, it’s increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the health and ageing of your skin,” she says.

“Poor diet choices can trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation in the body, both of which encourage acne,” she explains. “At Murad we recommend the 80/20 rule, a diet balanced in water rich foods such as vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Think of your diet as a way to internally nourish your skin!”

The STYLE List: The Kiwi Fashion We’re Currently Coveting

We’re rounded up a few Kiwi fashion pieces that we’re currently coveting. 

We took Karen Walker’s incredibly cuddly Orestes jacket (above left) all the way to the snow-capped mountains of Austria to shoot for our winter issue of STYLE and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

These glitzy – and aptly named – Sparkle earrings by Kiwi jewellery designer Jasmin Sparrow remind me of days spent rummaging through my mum’s jewellery box as a child. They’re a little bit retro-glam which I love.

I’m a summer girl through and through but Kowtow’s ethically made jumpers have me excited about knitwear for the first time in my life. The Henri roll-neck jumper (above right) looks particularly cosy – perfect for icy winter mornings.

Nicole Saunders, editor

After weeks of embracing my natural hair in all its hideously frizzy glory, it’s highly likely I’ve forgotten how to tame it. So I’ll be needing a hat for bad hair days, and I am loving the ‘West‘ hat from moochi.

I’ve been in a bubble with my parents during lockdown, and this is solely because they have Amazon Prime Video. On Prime Video you will find The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – research shows that after watching this show, there is a 100% chance you will want to overhaul your wardrobe to become that of a wealthy, late-50s New York housewife. The Odyssey coat from twenty-seven names will help me achieve this goal.

Did I mention I’ve been watching The Marvelous Mrs Maisel? The Deadly Ponies Mr Mini Verne Croc fits rather nicely with that sartorial theme.

Ashley Wallace, staff writer

I love everything from Velvet Heartbeat but this faux-suede bag is my favourite. All their products are vegan and made right here in New Zealand making them even more desirable!

The right pop of colour for these rainy days, the Charlton trench coat from Penny Sage seems like the perfect winter staple. I love the steel blue colour and the pleated detail on the back.

Simple, delicate with a bit of regal charm, I’m dreaming of wearing the August necklace Meadowlark necklace on a fancy dinner or night out.

Kathryn Chung, staff writer