Answers to some of the most common beauty questions.
How often should you cut your hair?
Regular haircuts – every six weeks for shorter styles, and seven to eight weeks for longer lengths – are a must for good hair days. The more you stay in routine and be punctual with your haircut, the better it performs.
How often should you wash your make-up brushes?
Think about make-up brushes like you would your hair – if they don’t get washed they can quickly become dirty and matted. A weekly clean with a quick-drying brush cleanser is the way to healthier brushes and be sure to dry them with the bristles over-hanging a bench or table: they’ll dry more quickly and the water won’t settle into the wooden stem.
Do lash extensions compromise the health of your natural lashes?
Yes – if done incorrectly. To prevent lash loss see a qualified lash technician who can ensure appropriate length and weight of the lash extension and the correct amount of glue. Post-extension, always keep the lash line clean.
Do beauty products have a ‘best before’ date?
Yes even your beauty products have a used by date that should be adhered to. Mascara, sunscreen and eyeliner have the shortest lifespan of three to six months, and generally skincare should be switched out annually.
Should you avoid brushing wet hair?
For many, a post-shower comb through is commonplace, but this may be doing more harm than good. Your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet, so essentially if you brush it at this time you will cause damage to the delicate shaft and severely split and break the hair. If you do need do brush when wet use a wide toothed comb or the amazing Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash shower brush.
Should you be using a toner?
In short, toner is not a necessity. Toners are generally designed to remove excess oil and the last traces of grime, make-up or residue left by cleansers, so if you have dry skin or cleanse thoroughly toner is not a necessity.
Do you really need to exfoliate?
Exfoliation should be a core factor of any good skincare regimen as it lifts dry, dull skin and allows products to penetrate and work more effectively. The general rule of thumb is to always do it with steam (such as in the shower) as it warms the skin and adds hydration.
Does sleeping in make-up actually affect your skin?
While clogged pores and irritation are expected when you don’t cleanse at the end of the day, make up can also produce free radicals, which actually speed up the ageing process.