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Article Category: Beauty and Well-being

Five Easy-to-Make Changes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Why is it that we feel healthy and gorgeous during those long, lazy days on the beach, but pale and peaky now that it’s back to the grindstone? Making some simple changes to your daily beauty regime can be revitalising; so if you’re up for looking and feeling fabulous, here are five beauty resolutions you should get busy with right away…

Beauty Resolution 1: Throw out old cosmetics

Why should I discard old makeup? Most women have a drawer full of cosmetics that have been partially used, says US dermatologist Dr Angela Bowers. But beware: dirty make-up bags with old cosmetics are a breeding ground for bacteria! This can cause skin and eye infections, warns Dr Bowers.

When should I throw out old cosmetics? Cosmetic products have life spans; most are designed to last a year, at the most. Creams, cleansers and moisturisers should be used up within six months, while foundations can last a year, provided that the bottle doesn’t become contaminated (to prevent contamination, use a sponge to apply, rather than your fingers). Mascaras should be tossed after three months and eye shadows, blushers or bronzers should be disposed of when they start to break up. While eye pencils last longer, sharpen your eye pencils often to keep them clean. And don’t forget to wash your dirty makeup brushes and wipe out your cosmetic case regularly.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes: Makeup brushes accumulate all sorts of nasty stuff – from dead skin cells and body oils to old cosmetic products. You should clean your brushes regularly to keep them free from bacteria. Here’s how…

  • After use, swipe your brushes with a baby wipe
  • Once weekly, fill your sink or a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of shampoo and tea tree oil. Pop your brushes in the water and wash gently.
  • Pat brushes dry and then leave them to air dry completely before packing them into a freshly cleaned makeup bag.

Beauty Resolution 2: Remove makeup before bed

Why shouldn’t I sleep with makeup on? Leaving makeup on through the night can cause clogged pores which can lead to skin problems.

How to remove makeup: To keep skin healthy and youthful, always cleanse, tone and moisturise your face before bed. Use eye makeup remover to remove mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow from around the delicate eye area, and a general makeup remover to get rid of foundation and lip colour, before washing the face with a gentle facial wash. Use a toner to finish off the cleansing process and close your pores before massaging in a good quality moisturiser to prevent your skin from drying.

Now, watch this: How to Remove Makeup Video

Beauty Resolution 3: Experiment with your look

Stuck in a beauty rut? If you’re still sporting the same hairdo or wearing the same eye, lip and nail colours you did two years ago, you’re in a beauty rut.

Get a makeover: A change is as good as a rest! Nothing refreshes your look more than a new hairdo – go to the best hair stylist you can afford and try a new hair colour and style. Then, change your makeup look. Have your eyebrows professionally plucked at a wellness spa or beauty salon. Don’t be afraid to try new colours, products or techniques – consult a makeup artist, or have your makeup done by a consultant at the makeup counter of a department store.

Now, try this: Virtual Makeover Tool

Beauty Resolution Four: Drink More Water

Is water good for you? Our bodies are 60-70% water, and we need it to keep our systems functioning at their peak. Water helps with oxygen supply, flushes out toxins, transports nutrients and protects joints and organs. Besides thirst, signs of dehydration include pain in the joints and muscles, headaches, constipation and bright orange urine. Your skin suffers, too, becoming thinner, drier and lined. To prevent redness, dryness and premature ageing, make hydration a part of your skin care regime.

How much water to drink a day? There’s no definitive answer to this one – how much water you should drink a day depends on your activity levels, the climate in which you live and your health. Generally, healthy adults living in temperate climates need approximately eight glasses of water a day. This water quota may need to be increased if you live in a hot, dry climate – like the Western Cape during summer – or hot, humid climates – like South Africa’s East Coast.

Now, try this: How Much Water to Drink Calculator

Beauty Resolution Five: Get a Spa Treatment

Why go to a spa? Spas are all about promoting health, rest and relaxation – and we need that now more than ever. According to a study conducted by the US Families and Work Institute, 54% of workers feel overworked. Overwork takes its toll on our health – leaving us looking tired, old and haggard.

Benefits of spas: A little pampering can go a long way towards revitalising worn-out bodies, minds and souls. Says New York University Professor, Virginia Sadock, going to a spa creates a sense of wellbeing which can we carry away with us and which helps us better cope with stress. Particularly good for stress relief are treatments which involve being touched. Another study, carried out by Florida State and George Mason Universities in the USA concluded that regular spa therapy reduced absenteeism from work and hospitalisations.

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