A beau­ti­ful mind (and skin)

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

My mother has al­ways given me great ad­vice and some of it has been life-chang­ing: never smoke, marry a rich man and al­ways ap­ply mois­turiser twice a day. I was seven when she first im­parted those words of wis­dom and I (even­tu­ally) lis­tened. That’s why I can now boast an almost line-free face even though I’m a lit­tle bit older than I like to ad­mit.

But she didn’t give me one in­valu­able les­son: al­ways re­move your make-up, and so as a stu­dent I thought it was a clever and time-sav­ing way to get ready in the morn­ing. All I had to do was clean my teeth, reap­ply lip­stick and a bit more mas­cara along with some pow­der and I was ready. Of course, I didn’t re­alise then what a beauty regime no-no this was un­til break­outs, open pores and dull skin plagued me.

I soon learned to cleanse twice a day and tone, but I didn’t know that if you warm mois­turiser in your hands be­fore ap­ply­ing, it ac­ti­vates all the in­gre­di­ents and makes it work harder. Same for overnight creams to erad­i­cate dark cir­cles un­der your eyes, age spots and blem­ishes – why not lit­er­ally get your beauty sleep by ap­ply­ing th­ese be­fore you hit the pil­low? It’s all sage ad­vice given in our fea­ture on page 50 on how to make your beauty rou­tine work harder for you. It’s so good I’m go­ing to share it with my mother! But the best se­cret of all is mine – smile. It makes you feel and look bet­ter.

En­joy the is­sue!

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