Sometimes less is really more where beauty. Here are five easy-to-embrace beauty habits that take a pared-back approach to achieve your beauty goals.
Embracing your natural hairÂ
If you’re struggling to get to the salon, it can be tempting to keep up appearances by reaching for those heated hair styling tools. But now is the perfect time to put them down and embrace your natural hair texture.
Your hair health will benefit from taking a break from styling tools. Experiment with slicked-back ponytails and updos. Still desperate to add some beachy waves to your hair? Try braiding your tresses before bed.Â Read more of our tips for caring for your hair without going to the salon right here.
Put down the tools and add a nourishing haircare mask into your routine to pamper tresses. Try: Drunk Elephant T.L.C Hippi Scalp Scrub ($64 from Mecca); KĂ©rastase Nutritive Masque Magistral ($70 from Adore Beauty); Sisley Paris Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask
Clear out your beauty cabinet
Using expired skincare and make-up on your skin is a recipe for disaster. Not only do active ingredients lose their potency â€“ you won’t get the results you’re after â€“ certain products can become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. You can read more about the problems associated with using old beauty products here.
If you want to get the most out our your skincare and keep your skin healthy, you should be routinely overhauling your beauty cabinet and getting rid of the expired product. â€śDepending on the products, Iâ€™d suggest every six months to a year,â€ť says Sheryll Puku. Start by throwing out products that you haven’t used for over a year and then check out Puku’s tips for cleaning up your beauty cabinet here. Not sure how long you should be keeping certain products for? You can use our quick guide to beauty expiry dates here.
Rethink your skincare routine
When pesky blemishes pop up out of nowhere it can be tempting to reach for the concealer and foundation to cover them up quickly. But a luminous, healthy complexion starts with the right skincare.
Now could be the perfect time to put away your foundation and concealer and focus on your skincare routine. Â Understanding how products interact with each, how they will address your skin concerns and how to apply them to get the best results possible is crucial in establishing an effective routine. After all, thereâ€™s no point in spending money on skincare products if youâ€™re not going to take the necessary steps to ensure the products are as effective as possible. Find out everything you need to know about creating the ideal skincare routine here.
Diet can also play a big role in the overall health of your skin, so it could also be a great time to reassess what impact your diet could be having on your complexion. Here are our nutritionist-approved tips for eating your way to better skin.
Clean your make-up brushes
Just like expired beauty products can harbour skin-harming bacteria, make-up brushes can too. And while those of us who regularly use brushes to apply make-up should be aiming to clean them once a week, life happens and most of us put this chore to the back of our minds.
Now is the perfect time to try and establish a habit of cleaning your brushes more frequently. Not sure where to start? Here’s our rundown of how to clean your brushes effectively while caring for them at the same time.
Stop over-plucking your eyebrows
If you’re guilty over overplucking your eyebrows, you’re not alone â€“ especially if you were a teen in the 90s. But rather than reaching for the tweezers or fretting about when your next brow appoint, why not give your brows some time to grow back?
Over lockdown, Aussie eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher agrees and took to Instagram to tell her fans that now is the perfect time to put the tweezers down. “How many of you have tried for years to grow your brows out, but keep on tweezing them because you just.cant.help.yourself???” she asked her followers.
“So many clients come to us who are addicted to the tweezer (itâ€™s a real thing) when I know full well they have the potential to have lovely full brows if theyâ€™d only let the hairs grow,” said the eyebrow queen in an Instagram post.
So do as Fisher says: put down the tweezers and let those brows do their thing.