5 Beauty Habits to Take up Right Now

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 hair 

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.  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 – you won’t get the results you’re after – 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. “Depending on the products, I’d suggest every six months to a year,” 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.  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, there’s no point in spending money on skincare products if you’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 – 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” she asked her followers.

“So many clients come to us who are addicted to the tweezer (it’s a real thing) when I know full well they have the potential to have lovely full brows if they’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.

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Essential Skincare Tips For Gorgeous, Glowing Skin

For most ordinary folk getting our morning routines are tricky enough, without having to remember a complicated skincare routine. Unlike celebrities, most of us don’t have a dermatologist on speed dial or a daily facial locked into our diaries, so it’s important to work with what we have. Luckily, we have the scoop on the best things you can do to ensure your skin is healthy and radiant.

Remove Your Makeup

If clogged pores are what you’re looking for, by all means, don’t wash off your makeup. But if you’re wanting beautiful, radiant skin, one of the best things you can do for it is to cleanse your face of makeup before hitting the hay.

Wash Your Face

While the jury is still out on how often to wash your face, the fact remains that cleansing is still an important part of any skincare routine. Because over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture, a common-sense approach is better than any hard rule: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and in both the am and pm. 

Exfoliate Weekly

A little skin scrub doesn’t go amiss, in fact, according to dermatologists, you should be exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week to rid yourself of dead skin and usher in healthy, glowing skin.

Sleep and Water Are Key

The rule is eight to eight: eight glasses of water and eight hours of sleep. If you want your skin to be hydrated, drinking plenty of water is a key ingredient. Water keeps skin cells hydrated, so if you’re not drinking enough, this can lead to dry and dull-looking skin. When you’re sleeping your body and skin is in repair mode, rejuvenating and regenerating. Getting in eight hours of sleep does wonders for giving skin a healthy glow. Another helpful tip is to use a silk pillowcase to relieve the pressure from your face, reducing the risk of creasing.

Order is Important

Make sure you use your skincare products in the right order! If you apply them in the wrong sequence you won’t get the full benefits and your effort will be in vain. The magic order is: makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliator or toner, treatments i.e. acne spot treatments, serums or mists, eye cream, moisturiser, oil, SPF. Another important tip is not to use a makeup remover as your cleanser, or vice versa, you must use both. Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose, so a two-pronged approach is very necessary.

Here’s how to create the perfect skincare routine according to beauty experts.