10 CLEVER BEAUTY FIXES
Streamline your routine by saving time and money with these smart tips and multi-tasking products
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.