Clean and Clear

28 Jul 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Whether you are heading to a barbecue or a summer soiree, a healthy, glowing complexion is the best accessory this summer. Everyone knows the drill about proper skin cleansing and moisturising regimes. However, many women are interfering with their skin health by failing to take the same care when it comes to their beauty products.

“Keeping skin looking radiant is no small feat,” says Stacey Ramstedt, a senior director of marketing at Paris Presents, a global leader in beauty products and personal care accessories. “Women are careful about the make-up and products they use on their skin but overlook the importance of maintaining those products for optimal use and skin health.”

Clean and Clear

Mistake 1: Never washing make-up brushes

A whopping 43 per cent of make-up brush users have said they never wash their make-up brushes, according to a 2014 online survey of 212 make-up brush users. Brushes not only collect make-up residue but also hold dirt, oil and other impurities. A regular maintenance routine ensures brushes are clean when they touch your skin plus it boosts brush performance so they last longer.

Cleaning make-up brushes does not have to be a time-consuming chore. For daily cleaning and quick colour changes, try EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths. They help keep your brushes fresh and conditioned. For a weekly, deeper clean, use EcoTools Makeup Brush Shampoo to get your brushes back to new. Both are made from plant-based ingredients and are dermatologist-tested so they are safe for sensitive skin.

Mistake 2: Using expired make-up

Similar to the kale salad you had for lunch, your make-up comes with an expiry date. While it may not give a specific “use by” date, the general rule is to replace mascara and eyeliners every three months, liquid foundation every six months and powder eye shadow every two years. We all struggle with letting go, with 89 per cent of women hanging on to make-up just in case they need it later, according to a Stowaway Cosmetics survey. This means, at best, that make-up will perform poorly and at worst, it could bring bacteria to the skin and eyes, causing irritation.

Keep in mind, the more often you use the product, especially with your fingers, the more often you should replace it.

Mistake 3: Relying on products to include your sun protection

It is no secret that sunscreen helps to maintain skin health. By blocking dangerous ultraviolet rays, sunscreen is a key tool to protect the skin against cancer and premature aging. Recognising the benefits, most face lotions and products on the market today include a sunscreen ingredient. But be cautious, similar to the products in your make-up bag, sunscreens do not last forever and should be replenished.

While sunscreens are designed to endure at their original strength for up to three years, according to the Mayo Clinic, the sunscreen ingredients in your favorite face products may not last as long. In fact, facial moisturisers and serums should be tossed after six months to a year. Be on the lookout for PAO (Period After Opening) notations on new products or look for a number followed by an M to tell you how many months after opening the product should be tossed. To be safe, be sure to use an oil-free high SPF face sunscreen after your moisturiser to provide any extra level of protection all summer long.  – BPT

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