Does your skin seem to have a split personality – dry one week, oily the next? Breakouts and rashes you just can’t explain driving you crazy? Chances are your very best beauty intentions are being derailed by one or all of these very common mistakes. But the great news is these faux pas are easy to reverse. Freshly glowing complexion, coming soon…
Common beauty mistakes
Faux pas: Not toning after you cleanse
Does that great toner at the back of your beauty cupboard rarely see the light of day? Turns out, toners are actually one of the most under-rated skincare solutions. They work to restore skin to its ideal pH level, remove cleansing residue and purify pores, meaning clearer, more glowing skin.
We love: Dr Spiller Cucumber Cleanser, $65
Faux pas: Skipping the primer stage
They’re probably one of the most underrated weapons available for our beauty arsenals. A good primer can literally turn your beauty world upside down, minimise the appearance of pores, keep your make up fresh and give an illuminating glow. That extra 15 seconds to slot it into your routine is time very well spent.
We love: Laura Mercier Secret Finish Primer, $45
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Faux pas: Just cleansing once
Cleansers these days are so good they should work first scrub around, right? Sorry, but not. If you’re dreaming of a crystal clear complexion, cleansing twice is imperative. Blame smog, makeup, oil and sweat, not your cleanser. The first hit washes away basic impurities and makeup; the second gets down to the next level so pores are left squeaky clean. Use a gentle organic cleanser that doesn’t leave your face too dry.
We love: Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser, $45
Faux pas: Not exfoliating before you tan
No girl wants to end up looking like a patchy tangerine, so for that natural-looking bronzed babe look we all love, it’s imperative you exfoliate before your spray tan to remove dead skin cells. Then your tan will glide or spray smoothly on – and stay there longer.
We love: Grown Alchemist Ylang Ylang Body Exfoliant, $33.95
Faux pas: Neglecting your underarms
Underarms are one of the most neglected body parts. It’s easy to forget our armpits are skin and deprive them of the love we’d give skin on the rest of our bodies. Chances are you’ll be as shocked as we were to learn research shows 36 per cent of what you remove when you shave under your arms is skin*. Ouch! The surprisingly good news though is that there are deodorants that will soothe rather than sting afterward, such as Dove Original Deodorant, which uniquely has 1/4 moisturising cream to help nourish skin and ease irritation. (As well as warding off odour and perspiration for up to 48 hours). Because who doesn’t want smoother, softer, sweat-free underarms?
We love: Dove Original Roll-On Deodorant 50ml, $3.89
Faux pas: Not cleansing your makeup brushes
Brushes caked in makeup look ugly, but worse than that, they are hotbeds of hellish bacteria, which cause havoc when brushed back onto your skin. It’s worth getting into the habit of cleansing your brushes at least once a week – just make it something you do every Sunday evening at the same time as a facemask. Easy!
We love: Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner, $42
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