It’s great to keep a well-stocked cosmetics collection, but the beauty industry often relies on our gullibility to sell products that are not, shall we say … entirely necessary.
Well, never fear; these 10 beauty secrets will arm you with the knowledge you need to decide exactly what to buy and use and what you can afford to leave behind! Sensible number two might take you by surprise, and quirky number 10 is our absolute favorite. Read on.
1. Clean everything that touches your face
How often do you talk on the phone? We bet the screen touches your face when you do, doesn’t it? We often forget about germs on commonly used surfaces because we can’t see them, but phone screens, pillows, window frames, lampposts (well, we don’t know what you lean on!) are all covered in germs that could promote acne.
Clean those surfaces regularly! And perhaps avoid leaning on lampposts altogether.
2. Avoid scrubs and sponges if you’re prone to acne
Contrary to popular belief, scrubbing with a sponge or an exfoliant will only aggravate the skin. Irritation and inflammation spells trouble for acne-prone peeps.
Healthline suggests an occasional face mask made from crushed aspirin tablets instead. Mix the tablet powder with a single tablespoon of warm water to create a paste. Enjoy the mask for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash away with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
3. Never underestimate the power of sunscreen
Sunscreen is the very best primer; we can’t emphasize that enough. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Beauty experts swear by the stuff, as it’s anti-ageing and guards against skin cancer.
Look for sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30. Apply under makeup for daily protection or apply twice daily if you’re going makeup free (good for you!).
4. Don’t dry out inflamed skin
Anti-blemish creams often contain benzoyl peroxide, which can seriously over-dry your skin. Clay-rich cleansing masks, however, can do a wonderful job of alleviating inflammation without drying out the skin.
If you want to avoid chemicals and harness the formidable power of Mother Nature alone, then Mind Body Green advises sticking to pimple treatments using tea tree oil or a homemade green tea face wash. Yum!
5. Pamper your neck
It is a little known fact that the skin on our necks is just as delicate as our faces. So why do we often forget to cleanse and moisturize this wonderful, supple part of the body?
A regular gentle neck massage with light moisturizing cream will rejuvenate this often-neglected part of the body and will help prevent wrinkles, too.
6. Ice is nice
In the same way as taking a cold shower can help you to wake up, rubbing an ice cube gently onto your face can suffuse your complexion with a healthy glow. It even helps with better blood circulation (so that’s why we get rosy cheeks in the winter!).
7. Store your products like a pro
You’ve done your research, you’ve been to the store, and you’ve bought (or made) all the good stuff. But did you realize that’s only half the battle?
The warmth and humidity in our bathroom cabinets can actually harm some beauty products; they can deteriorate in the heat and no longer work as well as they should. Face creams usually belong in the fridge, and always check expiration dates.
8. Hands have feelings, too!
Just like necks, the skin on your hands is thin and delicate, not to mention worthy of a little love; think about how much work they do!
Three top tips for hands: wear rubber gloves while washing up so that you don’t dry out the skin, moisturize your hands whenever you indulge your face and neck with the same lovely treatment, and remember to sunscreen your hands, too!
9. Take off your makeup at bedtime
Perhaps you could get away with it as a teenager, but keeping your makeup on while you sleep could seriously clog your pores. It will make acne-prone skin break out and could even promote blemishes on normally healthy skin.
Gently remove makeup with a cotton ball or cleansing wipe, and moisturize before bedtime for long-term happy and healthy skin.
10. 30-second massage helps lighten the circles under your eyes
If you’re stressed or have been suffering from lack of sleep, it tends to show up under your eyes. However, these may be just one of the reasons dark circles tend to show under your eyes.
As per Healthline, this 30-second beauty routine can come in handy.
Use gentle tapping motions with your index finger and middle finger and tap out a circle around your eyes. It is also recommended to go outward toward your eyebrows and the area top of your cheekbones toward the bridge of your nose. Circle your eyes three times.
In addition make sure to press firmly with your middle fingers toward the pressure points under your eyebrows,and the side of the nose. Finally, massage your temples with your index and middle fingers to complete.