YOUR Bad habit-busting beauty kit
The virtuous path: When it comes to getting the shape right, this is a job best left to the professionals. If you have been overzealous with the tweezers, however, then include Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced into your regime for regrowth, and fill in any gaps with Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D.
Not trimming split ends
You have been growing your hair for months, but while you’ve been avoiding the salon, your hair is decreasing in health. And not only do split ends make hair look dull, they restrict further growth, too.
The virtuous path: “Keeping hair in great condition is the best way to prevent split ends,” says Adam Reed, hair stylist at Percy & Reed. “Use an oil at least once a week.” Wella Professionals SP Luxe Oil protects against damage.
Wearing too much bronzer
If you have missed out on your usual summer jaunt and are
jealously eyeing up your friend’s sun-kissed glow, don’t assume a liberal dusting of bronzer will have the same effect. While a little well-placed color can enhance, too much looks flat and unnatural.
The virtuous path: Choose a semi-sheer bronzer that allows you to build up color in layers without looking muddy and sweep only where the sun would naturally hit you face. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil will help you achieve this flawless look.
Not removing your makeup at night
After a long day, removing your makeup might be the last thing you feel like doing, but it is probably the most important. When you sleep in makeup, skin isn’t given a chance to regenerate and recover from the daily stresses it faces (including free radicals from pollution and UV radiation). Over time, these free radicals produce enzymes that cause collagen to breakdown, which leads to fine lines and premature aging.
The virtuous path: Keep a stash of hard-working cleansing pads on your bedside table. This Works In Transit No Traces may have been designed for travel, but works brilliantly as a standby to remove all makeup and impurities fast, leaving skin feeling fresher.
Picking your blemishes
Squeezing an angry spot might seem harmless but can actually worsen the problem by pushing bacteria deeper into the skin and spreading infection. Worse still, it can lead to prolonged inflammation. “If you actually damage the skin down to the dermis, you can create a permanent scar,” says Dr Bunting.
The virtuous path: Look out for treatment products that contain benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria, and salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory with powerful exfoliating properties that helps to unclog dirty pores. Origins Super Spot Remover will instantly kick-start the healing process towards flawless skin.
MAC Eye Shadow
Bioderma Sébium Hydra Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D
SP Luxe Oil
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil
This Works In Transit
Origins Super Spot Remover