5 beauty habits to break – right now
5 beauty habits to break
YOU APPLY FOUNDATION TO YOUR FOREHEAD Why it’s not good: Foreheads flex, which means anything other than a very fine covering of foundation can crease and settle into lines. How to stop: A little well-blended foundation on your forehead is okay but if you can actually notice its texture, it’s too much. Try dabbing the product on your cheeks, chin and nose and then spreading out towards the hairline. A liquid foundation such as Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation ($95) is easy to use and has the added bonus of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and coenzyme Q10.
YOU LIKE A LATE-NIGHT SNACK Why it’s not good: Nocturnal snacking could disrupt your biological clock and weaken the potency of an enzyme that blocks harmful UVs, researchers have found, meaning your skin is likely to sustain more sun damage when exposed to light the next day. Tests, by scientists in Texas, have only been done on mice but they have raised the need for more research into when we eat and its effects on our cells’ biological clocks. How to stop: If you are one of those who thinks a midnight snack is one of life’s true pleasures, never forget your sunscreen.
YOU SPRITZ FRAGRANCE OVER YOUR HAIR Why it’s not good: Spraying perfume, which usually contains alcohol, in a scented cloud over your head is problematic: you not only waste the fragrance but also dry out your hair. How to stop: Return to traditional ways – dabbing perfume onto pulse points. But if you choose your wrist, avoid rubbing together. You won’t crush the fragrance molecules (not possible) but the friction can increase the interaction between the scent and your skin’s natural oils, distorting the scent ever so slightly. If you are in the market for a new fragrance, pop into a Mecca Maxima store and check out the new-to-counter 100 Bon (pronounced scent bomb) collection. Made in Grasse from all-natural ingredients, the scents range from spicy to woody, floral to sweet, musk to citrus and are priced between $27 and $106.
YOU USE A LOOFAH
Why it’s not good: The dead skin cells that a good scrub will remove can get stuck in the fibres of a loofah, resulting in a build-up of bacteria. A facecloth can be the same.
How to stop: If your loofah is made from plastic or synthetic mesh, stick it in the washing machine after using. Clean natural loofahs in a baking soda/water solution every day and allow to dry thoroughly.
YOU RELY ON THE SUNSCREEN IN YOUR FOUNDATION Why it’s not good: You need a thick-ish covering of sunscreen to get good SPF protection. And a thick-ish covering of foundation is never a good look. How to stop: Wear broad-spectrum 30-plus every day under your foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Apply it generously and wait for it to absorb before applying makeup. Coola’s White Tea Classic Sunscreen ($55) is a top-seller and, unless your skin is particularly parched, you won’t need additional moisturiser. Tracey Strange