Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty Budget Special Layer Up -

Your skin is the largest or­gan in your body, so don’t ne­glect it by skip­ping mois­tur­is­ing or cleans­ing. Fol­low these rules to mak­ing bet­ter choices and in­cor­po­rat­ing good habits.

1 Don’t be drawn in by gim­micky prod­ucts

“Be wary of us­ing prod­ucts that claim to in­stantly re­move bags un­der your eyes and wrin­kles,” says Dr Alek Nikolic, aes­thetic ex­pert and co-founder of skin­ Most skin-treat­ment prod­ucts take three weeks be­fore you see re­sults, so give yours a chance to work ef­fec­tively.

2Put a lid on it

“The best way to ex­tend the life of your prod­ucts is to put the lids on tightly af­ter each use. Liq­uids and creams dry out when ex­posed to air, and can spoil from bac­te­ria or lose their ef­fec­tive­ness,” ex­plains Lisa Charl­ton, na­tional ed­u­ca­tion man­ager for Matis. “Store them out of di­rect sun­light and ex­treme heat,” rec­om­mends Dr Nikolic.

3 Use the ex­cess

Took too much? “Ap­ply what’s left to your hands and el­bows, as these ar­eas are of­ten dry,” sug­gests Lisa.

4 In­vest in pro treat­ments

“Cheaper treat­ments are never bet­ter. The best and most ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors, skin ther­a­pists and plas­tic sur­geons don’t of­fer dis­counts,” re­minds Dr Nikolic. Don’t skimp in this area – you’ll end up pay­ing for it later if you do.

5 Buy clev­erly

“Spread your beauty-prod­uct spend­ing over a few months. Buy a cleanser, sun­screen and day cream in one month, a night cream and your serum the next month, and a tar­geted treat­ment the third month,” ad­vises Dr Nikolic.

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