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14Throw out ex­pired products

Old, for­got­ten, half-used products make per­fect breed­ing grounds for bac­te­ria that can cause break­outs and eye in­fec­tions. Toss fluid for­mu­las that have changed in colour or smell; and mas­caras and liq­uid eye­lin­ers are good for up to six months once opened. Pow­der-based products like blush, lip­sticks and gloss can last two to three years.

15Wash your face at the gym

A clear com­plex­ion be­gins with good hy­giene. Af­ter a sweaty work­out sesh, your hands and face will have picked up nasty germs from equip­ment or the mat. No mat­ter how tempt­ing it is to just pick up your bags and go, it pays to spend the ex­tra two min­utes at the sink. A handy mess-free cleanser pack in your gym bag: Sui­sai Beauty Clear Pow­der ($27 for a pack of 32, Wel­cia BHG), a gen­tle cleans­ing pow­der that comes in in­di­vid­ual cap­sules.

16Swim with wet hair

Wet your locks with tap wa­ter be­fore jumping into the pool. This way, it’ll be harder for hair to soak up dam­ag­ing chem­i­cals. And to pre­vent tresses from dry­ing out, sham­poo thor­oughly right af­ter your swim.

17Don’t skip mois­turiser

Even oily skin types need a good hy­dra­tor. Over time, dry parched skin will give way to early wrin­kles and blotch­i­ness. Good op­tions in­clude: Curel Ag­ing Care Gel-Cream ($46.80, Wat­sons), a ce­ramidespacked for­mula that spreads like a light­weight serum; and Ever­soft Sk­inz Hy­dra Mois­tur­is­ing Emul­sion ($43.90, per­sonal care stores), con­tain­ing a blend of nu­tri­ents­filled bam­boo ex­tract wa­ter from Korea, ar­gan oil and other plant in­gre­di­ents.

18Clean your makeup brushes

Not only do un­washed makeup brushes trans­fer germs to your skin, they be­come stiff and dif­fi­cult to use with prod­uct build-up. At least once a month, clean your brushes with baby sham­poo and warm wa­ter. Try to keep the metal base away from wa­ter or hair bris­tles may loosen and fall off.

19Rinse your hair in cold wa­ter

The lower tem­per­a­ture will seal off cu­ti­cles and give your hair a nat­u­ral shine, sans costly sa­lon treat­ments. Dou­ble up the ef­fect with a rich hair treat­ment like Bi­oliss Botan­i­cal Con­di­tioner (Ex­tra Dam­age Re­pair) ($16.90, Don Don Donki), which nour­ishes with cold­pressed nut oils and other es­sen­tial oils.

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