Even the savviest women make beauty blunders like forgetting to wash our hands before we cleanse our face. The 6 we are looking at are as easy to make as they are to avoid. I think you’re going to want to add them all to your routine because they’re so simple and the benefits so noticeable.
1. Using sunscreen only on your face
It’s not just our faces that get creepy looking from the sun. Apply sunscreen to hands, neck, and chest too. Two sunscreens we like are Eminence Organics Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 and Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15.
2. Using conditioner all over your hair
Because hair that is 0.5″ to 1″ from the root is undamaged healthy new growth, conditioning it is not necessary. It weighs hair down making it fall flat sooner and look greasy. For fuller thicker hair and to hold your style longer, apply conditioner 0.5″ to 1″ away from your scalp and concentrate on the ends that need it most.
3. Not using toner
Steal one of the Korean woman’s best-kept beauty secrets and add toner to your skincare routine. Toners remove residues your cleanser left behind, will help you get that poreless look, is great for keeping oily skin in check, for balancing skin’s pH, and toner is a great pre-moisturizer for dry skin. Choose an alcohol-free formula like Thayers or Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner.
4. Applying foundation all over
Foundation on your entire face is unnecessary and can make your face shiny later in the day; especially during the summer.
THE FIX: For the most flawless look, apply dots of concealer or foundation only to those areas that need it. Blend really well and finish off with a mineral powder like Jane Iredale’s Loose Mineral Powder. In about 30 minutes the oils from your skin would have blended everything together to give you that, “I woke up like this” natural-looking flawless look.
5. Ignoring your brows
Groomed eyebrows open up your eyes, make your face look more symmetric and can take years off.
THE FIX: Every 10 – 14 days have yours done. Keep a pair of tweezers in your bag and another at home and check for strays daily. Well-maintained brows are so worth the extra time and attention!!
6. Not getting enough sleep
We’re freelancers and entrepreneurs and from time to time, we are guilty of this beauty blunder. No matter how well we manage our day, there are periods when there’s so much going on and sleep becomes the thing we skimp on.
THE FIX: During those periods when you can’t get your eight hours, carve out 10 minutes during the day to do Savasana (the yoga pose AKA “corpse pose” that’s done at the end of classes). Ten minutes can be like getting an hour’s nap.
Another important thing to do when your schedule is hectic is to stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime. That way, your short sleep won’t be monopolized by digestion.
Anne Matea is Vurb Magazine’s Beauty Editor and also a professional traveler. She is a Romanian native, currently living in Bucharest. Her vurbs include cooking and having friends over for long dinners and even longer conversations.