Tip #1: Don’t use body lotion as a face moisturizer and definitely, don’t skip moisturizing altogether.
- Skipping moisturizing altogether is never a good idea as all skin types need some form of moisture.
- When you use nothing, it creates a rebound effect where your skin becomes dry and needs more oil, which leaves you with an overabundance.
- And body lotions are not meant to moisturize the skin on our face, which is different than that of our bodies!
- Oil is NOT the enemy of your skin: it’s your friend!
Instead: Gel-based moisturizers are ideal for oilier skin types!
- Gel-based moisturizers are water-packed and have lighter structures than creams
- They also contain humectants to hold water to the skin, which means they provide hydration without a greasy finish
Try this Product: Olehenriksen C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
- This is a brightening, vitamin-C-rich gel-cream that hydrates for up to 24 hours.
- Has a peach tint that illuminates if you’re not wearing any makeup, and also works under makeup!
Tip #2: Don’t use your hair mask like a conditioner: don’t apply it to soak wet hair or rinse it out quickly, skipping a shower cap
- Using your hair mask like you would a conditioner is never the ideal way to get the most out of it.
- Slapping it on soaking wet hair in the shower for a minute and rinsing doesn’t allow it to do its magic.
- You can technically do this, but I’m suggesting you go the extra mile.
Instead: Shower caps and steamers are your best tricks!
- Apply to damp, towel-dried hair, comb through and either pop a shower cap on to trap in some heat OR you can use steam from the shower or a facial steamer without the cap on to help the mask better penetrate your hair.
Try this product: Shea Moisture Silicone Free Miracle Masque
- Lightweight hair mask that has sugar cane extract, meadowfoam seed oil and, of course, their signature fair trade shea butter.
- Going to leave you with weightless smooth, soft hair.
- No animal testing, no mineral oil, no petrolatum for your beauty checklist.
Tip #3: Don’t do multiple passes with your flat iron or use it on the highest setting
- Too many passes in one spot will cause unnecessary damage and create pockets of damage.
- Cranking up to the highest heat setting for a faster job is a terrible idea, fine hair can’t take this, fragile, dry, curly hair will likely split from the damage.
Instead: Opt for a flat iron with steam options and proper temperature controls
- Use a lower heat setting and go over each section slower for less damaging, better way results.
- When you’re looking to buy one, don’t buy one with only one temperature option: it might not be for your hair type!
- Straighteners with steam can infuse moisture back into the hair, which also results in shine!
Try this product: L’Oreal Professional Steampod 3.0 Limited Edition Barbie collaboration
- 78% less damage than a regular straightener.
- Choose the temperature according to your hair type.
- Super cute, limited edition Barbie X Steampod collab, adds a touch of glam to your hair tool arsenal.
Tip #4: Don’t use a heavy, glittery bronzer all over your face
- We’re all guilty of these: applying too much, forgetting your neck so you have two different skin tones or the heavier handed application with glittery formulas,
- Bronzing is also about an overall, sun-kissed glow and not a contoured makeup application, which is a complete other technique.
Instead: Opt for a bronzing gel instead of a powder.
- I find gel formulas to have a much more natural, healthier look in their finish.
- Gel products can be mixed with another medium (moisturizer, serum, foundation) to give a more natural look vs. the sculpted bronze look.
Try this product: Indeed Labs Nanobronze Bronzing Gel
- Lightweight combo of bronzing, blurring, and hydrating formula w/ hyaluronic acid.
- Customizable colour: can apply directly to the skin or mix 1 – 2 drops in your moisturizer/serum/foundation.
Tip #5: Don’t use expired sunscreen or forget to reapply during the day
- Not checking your expiry dates means two things: if it’s expired, it won’t do its job properly AND if it’s expired before you’ve used it, you’re not wearing it enough!
- Also applying once a day because you’re unsure of how to reapply over makeup.
Instead: Check the expiry date before you purchase and use a damp beauty sponge to gently press sunscreen into the skin vs. rubbing it all over.
Try this product: Monat Sun Veil Broad-spectrum SPF 30
- Mineral-based sunscreen that contains Zinc Oxide
- It’s a lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion with hyaluronic acid (yay!)
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