The 10 beauty com­mand­ments

BEAUTY TRENDS AND PROD­UCTS COME AND GO, AND A LIT­TLE EX­PER­I­MEN­TA­TION IS NO BAD THING. HOW­EVER, THERE ARE 10 RULES YOU SHOULD AL­WAYS ABIDE BY SO YOU CAN PUT YOUR BEST FACE FOR­WARD

Good Health (Australia) - - Contents -

1 THOU SHALT NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP

We’ve all been there – you get home late and bed is call­ing your name so you skip wash­ing your face and hit the hay. You can deal with the rem­nants of mas­cara and foun­da­tion in the morn­ing… no harm done right? Wrong. It turns out not wash­ing your face could be what’s stand­ing in the way of a glow­ing com­plex­ion. Day-old makeup is a mag­net for sweat, oil, pol­lu­tion and dirt, which all nat­u­rally ac­cu­mu­late through­out the day. Dur­ing the day, your skin is in de­fen­sive mode, do­ing its best to shield against ag­gres­sors, but at night it starts to re­pair it­self, turn­ing over skin cells and re­plen­ish­ing col­la­gen lev­els. Makeup clogs pores, mak­ing it harder for skin to re­gen­er­ate it­self. If it’s just one of those nights where you can’t muster the en­ergy, keep a pack of makeup wipes handy; it’s bet­ter than noth­ing! And to en­sure your skin can truly work its magic, don’t for­get the im­por­tance of that sec­ond cleanse!

2 THOU SHALT WASH YOUR BRUSHES REG­U­LARLY

It’s been ham­mered home time and again but still, it’s of­ten only done with your an­nual spring clean. Dirty brushes are a breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria, which can trig­ger acne and skin in­fec­tions. Wash your makeup tools at least once a fort­night to limit the chance of break­outs and ex­tend the life of your brushes. Or take them in the shower with you and cleanse with baby sham­poo or spe­cial brush cleaner.

Wash brushes in the shower with baby sham­poo

3 THOU SHALT WASH YOUR FACE WITH LUKE­WARM WATER ONLY

There are many mixed mes­sages sur­round­ing water tem­per­a­ture and face wash­ing. Hot water is a def­i­nite no as it dam­ages skin’s pro­tec­tive bar­rier, but did you know cold water isn’t ad­vis­able ei­ther? It may be a great way to wake up, but ex­pos­ing your­self to dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ture ex­tremes can ir­ri­tate skin, par­tic­u­larly if it’s sen­si­tive. Find a tem­per­a­ture that sits in the mid­dle, and if you pre­fer to wash your face in the shower, make sure to turn the dial down.»

4 THOU SHALT KNOW WHEN TO SEE A PRO

Some­times beauty woes are be­yond your knowl­edge, and delv­ing into search en­gine ter­ri­tory is a dan­ger­ous game. That’s when you need to see a pro­fes­sional. Whether it’s a stub­born spot, red­ness, pig­men­ta­tion or scar­ring, a specialist can di­ag­nose and treat the prob­lem ac­cord­ingly.

5 THOU SHALT AL­WAYS WEAR SPF

A drop in tem­per­a­ture means a switch from light­weight lo­tions to thicker creams that com­bat dry, flaky skin. But think twice be­fore low­er­ing your SPF pro­tec­tion, even on over­cast days; up to 80 per cent of the sun’s rays can pen­e­trate through clouds. If not for your health’s sake, use SPF in the name of van­ity as ra­di­a­tion breaks down col­la­gen, leading to pre­ma­ture age­ing. And don’t for­get your neck and hands; they’re the first place to show age.

6 THOU SHALT HY­DRATE IN­SIDE AND OUT

We’re of­ten so busy slather­ing on lo­tions that we for­get to hy­drate on the in­side too. While an ex­pen­sive cream sure has its perks, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the power of H2O. Water helps to flush out tox­ins more ef­fi­ciently, leav­ing skin fresh and lu­mi­nous. It can also strengthen nails and pro­mote growth as well as main­tain skin elas­tic­ity, keep­ing it sup­ple and youth­ful. The amount needed varies ac­cord­ing to age, size, weather and how ac­tive you are. As a guide, adults should aim for 1.5 to two litres of fluid each day. If you’re not a fan of plain water, add cu­cum­ber or or­ange for nat­u­ral flavour. Caf­feine-free and sweet­ener-free teas are like­wise a great op­tion and there are some with calm­ing and beau­ti­fy­ing herbs to sup­port healthy skin and re­lieve ten­sion.

7 THOU SHALT NOT OVER PLUCK

Gone are the days of su­per-skinny, vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent brows. Now it’s all about em­brac­ing your nat­u­ral arches. If you were a chronic over­tweezer, brow re­growth may take some years. And avoid pluck­ing un­til you have more to work with. “When it comes to grow­ing your brows back and shap­ing, the safest place to start is seek­ing out a pro­fes­sional. It’s im­por­tant to find a brow artist who will take qual­ity time as­sess­ing your brows and face shape,” says Sarah Ta­iapa-bell, na­tional brow artist for Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics. “It’s also worth in­vest­ing in a brow con­di­tioner to stim­u­late growth,” she adds. If the dam­age is al­ready done, you can mimic the real deal with a brow fi­bre gel. Or talk to a mi­crob­lad­ing tech­ni­cian if you want more per­ma­nent re­sults.

8 THOU SHALT LEAVE SPOTS ALONE!

As tempt­ing as it may be, noth­ing good ever comes from pick­ing or pop­ping. More of­ten than not you’ll make the prob­lem worse by push­ing bac­te­ria deeper into the skin and spread­ing the in­fec­tion or caus­ing a trauma, which re­sults in a scar. In­stead, ap­ply a quick-heal so­lu­tion with an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties, like sal­i­cylic acid or tea tree oil.

Try: Mario Bade­scu Dry­ing Lo­tion, $24; or The Body Shop Tea Tree Blem­ish Gel, $13.

9 THOU SHALT USE SERUMS

Af­ter the age of 25 ev­ery­one should start to use a serum. Serums de­liver con­cen­trated ac­tive ingredients di­rectly into skin, pen­e­trat­ing far deeper than mois­turis­ers. Creams and cleansers gen­er­ally con­tain be­tween five and 10 per cent ac­tive ingredients, while serums can con­tain up to 70 per cent. With con­tin­ual use, you can ex­pect firmer, smoother, more re­fined skin. They’re more ex­pen­sive, but their high po­tency means you only need to use a small amount. Ap­ply af­ter cleans­ing and be­fore mois­tur­is­ing.

Try: Lancôme Ad­vanced Génifique, $99; or El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Ad­vanced Ceramide Cap­sules Daily Youth Restor­ing Serum, $140.

10 THOU SHALT TAKE A BREAK FROM MAKEUP

Few of us are blessed with per­fect skin, but sadly the more makeup you wear, the more prob­lems you’ll have. Tak­ing at least one day off a week lets pores re­cover from be­ing clogged with foun­da­tion, blush and con­cealer. And clearer skin en­sures a smoother can­vas in fu­ture. On the make­upfree note, it’s im­por­tant to love your­self just as you are! When you do wear makeup it should be fun, not used to hide your fea­tures. And now a new wave of ‘sec­ond skin’ foun­da­tions of­fer a weight­less, nat­u­ral fin­ish.

Try: Shi­seido Syn­chro Skin Last­ing Foun­da­tion, $72; Estée Lauder Dou­ble Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 25, $58; and MAC Stu­dio Water­weight SPF30 Foun­da­tion, $54.

Try: Mani­care Artiste Brush Cleaner, $15.99; or Revlon Brush and Sponge Daily Cleanser, $14.95.

Try: MAC Wipes, $18; or Swisspers Cleans­ing Fa­cial Wipes with Mi­cel­lar and Co­conut, $6.49.

Try: Lib­er­tine Blends Run­away Rose Tea, $14.80; or Love Tea Skin Glow Pyra­mids, $11.

Try: Nivea Daily Es­sen­tials Light Mois­tur­is­ing Day Cream SPF 30+, $12.99; or Ul­traceu­ti­cals Ul­tra UV Pro­tec­tive Daily Mois­turiser SPF 30 Hy­drat­ing, $69.

Try: Ben­e­fit Gimme Brow gel,

$39; or Ben­e­fit BROWVO! Con­di­tion­ing Primer, $49.

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