How often do you feel like you’re at the centre of an information overload regarding the best skincare tips, make-up dos and don’ts and the latest beauty buys? It can be a minefield navigating through pages and pages of endless desirable images of fresh-faced models who claim to be the finished result of the hottest new fake tan lotion, among other things.
So in order to simplify things a little bit, we are providing you with a little beauty guide that pinpoints what you shouldn’t be doing, rather than what you should. Because what you should be doing is revelling in the wide variety of innovative beauty products that bring creativity and colour into our lives every year.
1) DON’T over-exfoliate
A good exfoliating facial scrub is a girl’s best friend thanks to its skin rejuvenating qualities – clearing out deep impurities and spot-producing bacteria. However over-exfoliating is a big no no, as it can exacerbate oil production and breakouts.
All you need to do is stick to using a gentle scrub once a week. We love Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream (£25) which is great for dull skin.
2) DON’T overload your skin
Many of us have combination skin – patches of dryness dotted around an oily T-zone. Therefore it seems the obvious thing to do is use a combination of products to tackle these two problem areas. However this can cause sensitivity and spots.
Make sure you are choosing products with ingredients that complement each other and do not cause such reactions. Look out for retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide. When you’re applying different products, allow each to thoroughly sink in before applying the next.
3) DON’T go to extremes with the fake tan
We all desire that subtle holiday glow, but there is a fine line between a light, healthy-looking tan and looking like we’ve rolled around in bronzer. The latter can be incredibly ageing and will actually highlight flaws rather than conceal them. We recommend using an overnight tanner that is simple to use. Why not try James Read Sleep Mask Tan (£25) for an even all-over glow?
4) DON’T wear make-up in bed
As tempting as it is to roll into bed after a long day without taking off your make-up, this is a huge beauty sin. Make-up blocks pores, which makes it difficult for the skin to absorb nourishing nutrients. This can lead to dullness and skin breakouts. Always cleanse and moisturise before bed. Try a soothing, natural cleanser such as Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Cleanser (£25).
5) DON’T jump into anti-ageing skin care too early
Using anti-ageing creams before your skin’s ready can have no effect or a detrimental one – especially as many products will contain retinoids, which are used to combat thinness and wrinkles. If these are applied to healthy young skin in a high concentration and before they are needed, it can cause peeling which will lead to thinness and fragility.
6) DON’T forget eye cream
There is a reason a number of beauty sites and magazines advertise eye creams. The skin around the eyes is sensitive, thin and very delicate, therefore it tends to age faster than the rest of the face. Using an eye cream will keep it moisturised and supple, and may slow down the ageing process. We love this natural, triple action Daily Eye Repair (£14.75) from Liz Earle.
To find out more about looking after your skin, please see our Dermatology page where you’ll find out how professional treatments can keep your skin healthy and radiant.
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