Top beauty pros weighed in on a few small tweaks that can make a big difference this year.
- SET YOUR SKIN: After applying your base (concealer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer), lightly press clean fingertips into your skin. Doing so lifts away excess product so that your makeup looks less thick and lasts longer. Pay attention to crease-prone areas where makeup gathers throughout the day, including around the eyes, nose, and mouth. If your skin tends to get oily, press a little powder on those spots with a brush.
- STOP OVERCLEANING: Wash your face at night and after exercising; simply rinse with water in the morning to avoid stripping the skin. PAT with a towel, don’t rub.
- USE LIP LINER: When used correctly, liner creates the effect of fuller lips and cna reshape any asymmetrical unevenness. Plus the wax and oil work as a stencil ensuring that lip color lasts.
- USE A HUMIDIFIER: It’s good for your skin and great for your hair too – preventing breakage, making it easier to detangle and style, less staticy, dull, and flat.
- DRY HAIR SMARTER: Using a cotton t-shirt instead of a terry cloth towel will preserve moisture and reduce frizz.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCALP: Using a scalp serum will help strengthen the hair fiber starting at the roots so that you can achieve healthy hair. To help speed up hair growth, take Biotin or a Vitamin B complex with biotin. Also using a satin pillowcase will save hair from scrunching.
- STOP USING NON SUNSCREEN MOISTURIZER UNDER OR OVER YOUR SUNSCREEN. Doing this may interfere with the effectiveness of your sun protection by diluting your sunscreen. As the last step in your skin care routine, apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
- MAKE TIME FOR AN EYE DOCTOR APPOINTMENT. Under-eye lines and wrinkles are typically the first signs of aging. To keep your skin healthy avoid squinting, which is often caused by blurry vision or exposure to sun and glare without wearing quality sunglasses. Squinting can also weaken the elastin fibers around the eyes. Book Eye Exam
- WEAR FOUNDATION: During daylight hours, makeup can help protect your skin from ultraviolet light and environmental damage. Most forms of liquid or powder foundation contain ingredients like titanium dioxide that can act as natural sun protectants. Even if your makeup doesn’t indicate that it has SPF, it is still helping to guard your skin against the sun’s damaging rays. Of course, you still need o wear and reapply sunscreen daily, but this is a bonus. The #1 cause of premature wrinkles is not from age, genetics, or even smoking, it’s from incidental UV exposure.