10 CLEVER BEAUTY FIXES

Stream­line your rou­tine by sav­ing time and money with these smart tips and multi-task­ing prod­ucts

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY - bodyand­soul.com.au For more bath­room tips and tricks, visit bodyand­soul.com.au/beauty WITH DONNA DUG­GAN

1 HY­DRATE SKIN OVERNIGHT

A weekly face mask is great for treat­ing break­outs or dry­ness. If you’re short on time, choose a light­weight overnight mask that will help your skin re­pair while you sleep. TRY (1) Ori­gins Drink Up In­ten­sive Overnight Mask ($34, 1800 705 800); (2) Kiehl’s Ul­tra Fa­cial Overnight Hy­drat­ing Masque ($50, 1300 651 991).

2 EX­FO­LI­ATE WITH YO­GHURT

For an ef­fec­tive and cheap ex­fo­li­at­ing and bright­en­ing mask, mix a few ta­ble­spoons of Greek yo­ghurt with a tea­spoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice and ap­ply it to your face for about 20 min­utes. The lac­tic acid in the yo­ghurt acts as a gen­tle exfoliator, the honey helps clear break­outs and the lemon bright­ens the skin.

3 TAR­GET PROB­LEM AR­EAS

When your skin is look­ing a lit­tle tired, you need more than just your reg­u­lar rou­tine to get it back on track. You may be dili­gent with your cleanser, mois­turiser and sun­screen, but a serum will tar­get any spe­cific skin con­cerns. Used be­tween cleans­ing and mois­tur­is­ing, these con­tain ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to im­prove fine lines, un­even tone, dark spots and dull­ness.

4 RE­DUCE EYE PUFFI­NESS

To soothe eyes with a cold com­press, put two cot­ton pads in the freezer for five min­utes, then ap­ply to eyes. Then dab an eye cream with caf­feine un­der the eye. TRY (3) L’Oréal Paris Re­vi­talift Laser X3 Eye Cream ($44.95, 1300 659 359).

5 DOU­BLE UP PROD­UCTS

Eye creams are multi-use. As well as hy­drat­ing the del­i­cate eye area, they can also soften your cu­ti­cles and be used as a lip balm.

6 PRIME YOUR SKIN

Have a long day ahead of you? Ap­ply­ing a primer af­ter your mois­turiser and be­fore your foun­da­tion will smooth out pores and fine lines, and make foun­da­tion last.

TRY (4) Rim­mel Stay Matte Primer ($13.95, 1800 812 663).

7 BRIGHTEN NAILS

Reg­u­lar nail pol­ish use can leave nails an un­sightly shade of yel­low. Make a paste of equal parts bak­ing soda and wa­ter, ap­ply it to nails for 15 min­utes and rinse. Voila, your nails will re­turn to a healthy hue.

8 EX­FO­LI­ATE PRE-WAX

“Dead skin can cause in­grown hairs so ex­fo­li­ate a cou­ple of nights be­fore do­ing any hair re­moval, and dry body brush the night be­fore,” skin clin­i­cian Amy Er­bacher says. She ad­vises us­ing an exfoliator be­tween waxes – with sal­i­cylic acid for oily skin or lac­tic acid for nor­mal to dry skin – but no more than three times a week as these prod­ucts can cause skin sen­si­tiv­ity.

9 PRE­VENT DRY HAIR

“Leave-in treat­ments and masks are key to on­go­ing care for hair,” Sch­warzkopf’s na­tional tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tor Grant With­nell says. “Think of treat­ments as a pre­ven­ta­tive rather than a cure. Many women use them af­ter the dam­age is done, but treat­ments keep hair healthy, re­pair ex­ist­ing dam­age and help pre­vent fu­ture dam­age.

TRY (5) Sch­warzkopf Nor­mal Bal­ance Leave In Treat­ment ($6.29, 1800 022 219).

10 FIX A FLAKY SCALP

“Too much heat can ir­ri­tate the scalp,” With­nell says. “In win­ter, we like to take hot show­ers, but it’s best to keep them short and not too hot. In­stead of al­ways blow-dry­ing, let hair dry nat­u­rally, and give heat styling a break a few times a week.” He adds that a scalp mas­sage will boost blood flow and loosen dead skin cells for rins­ing. When sham­poo­ing, use a small amount as left­over prod­uct can dry and flake.

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