Autumn, or fall as it’s called across the pond, beckons transition, structure and goals. I call it the ‘back to school’ mentality. You’ve been given a new time table and a fresh set of rules, and this goes for your beauty routine too. So here are five simple beauty tips to help you update your every day and weekly routine for the better. All of which can be done in 5 or less minutes – so there’s really no excuse not to!
Ok, a show of hands here. Who else has bought a face mask, used it once, then left it on the bathroom shelf because it’s considered too much of a ‘faff’? I know I’m guilty, and the reason is that I don’t want to spend 20 minutes waiting for a mask to work – a girl has things to do, you know.
The beauty of the Nuxe Insta-Masque Detoxifying and Glow Mask is that you get instant results in just 2 minutes – and no, that isn’t a typo. In the time it takes to make a cup of coffee, you’re done. I like to use mine every Sunday morning, and it’s become a weekly ritual. The detoxifying and glow formula helps with congested skin to purify and reduce dullness. It uses active charcoal and rose floral water to reboot the complexion and reduce sensitivity. Plus, it’s easily rinsed off, thanks to its gel texture that transforms into a lotion on contact with water.
Find out a little more about these 2-minute wonder masks in Ceryn’s Insta-Masque review.
#2 Deep Condition Your Hair Weekly
I know what you’re thinking, I barely have time to wash my hair, let alone treat it to a hair mask once a week. But hear me out here. I used to think that too until I realised just how quick and simple this step could be.
A hair mask takes about half a minute to apply, and the beauty of it is that you can get on with other things while it gets to work, it’s multitasking at its best! The Vichy Nutri-Protein Restorative Mask works in just 5 minutes (although I do like to leave mine in a little longer!). For me, it’s a Sunday ritual. I work the thick creamy formula into the lengths of my hair and secure it in a bun before I eat my breakfast. By the time I’m finished, I’m ready to jump in the shower and rinse it off.
If you use any type of your heat on your hair regularly, a hair mask can help to maintain the condition of your hair. It will keep it soft, shiny and healthy-looking, and if you get into the habit of a weekly mask, believe me, your hair will thank you. I’ve tried quite a few, but I love this one from Vichy in particular because it offers instant results and has an incredible minty-sweet smell. Its silicone-free, paraben-free and nutrient-packed formula helps to decrease the appearance of split ends and prevent future breakages, so your hair will always look fabulous.
#3 Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean
How many times have you heard that you should be washing your makeup brushes regularly? And how many times have you ignored that advice? Yes, I’m guilty, too. Which is why this autumn I’m going to get into the habit of making this a weekly occurrence – face brushes once a week and eye brushes once every two weeks. You have my word!
It may seem like a weekly chore (and let’s face it, it is) however the benefits alone should be enough to make you stick to this routine. Makeup brushes, especially foundation and concealer brushes can harbour bacteria, dead skin cells and oil; this can lead to clogged pores, blemishes, spots and rashes – even if your skincare routine is faultless. A dirty brush will also hinder the performance of even the best makeup products, instead of providing an even finish, it can appear streaky and patchy. So keeping your brushes clean ultimately means a clearer complexion and a better makeup application.
The bareMinerals Brush Conditioning Shampoo not only thoroughly cleanses away dirt, debris and excess makeup, its gentle, yet conditioning formula cares for and prolongs the life of your brushes, so you get a perfect application every time.
#4 Moisturise All Over Daily
So strictly speaking this isn’t a new step for me, I’ve been an avid body lotion fan for many years, and I honestly believe that if you look after your skin all over, it will look after you. So now I’m here to convert you, too! It’s a step that a lot of people skip in their routine. Yet it takes just a minute to do and makes such a difference to the condition of your skin. So if you’re not already regularly applying body cream or lotion (and once a week doesn’t count I’m afraid!), I’d encourage you to get into the habit and slather some on after your daily shower or bath.
Using a moisturiser will help to replace any lost moisture caused by air conditioning, heating or extreme weather conditions – making it the perfect habit for autumn! It will also help to keep the skin looking smooth, radiant and healthy, so you’re always proud to show it off. I love the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps All-Over Body Moisturiser because it has a rich, luxurious consistency yet it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel at all greasy on the skin. It’s easy to see why it’s one of Kiehl’s best-selling products.
#5 Add A Serum Into Your Skincare Routine
Serums are one of the simplest and most effective skincare steps, but so many people get confused on what to use and shy away from using them, which was me until a few years ago. So for those of you who haven’t enjoyed the benefits of adding a skin-transforming serum to your routine yet, let this be the season.
Applied morning and night (after cleansing and before any moisturisers or creams), you’ll start seeing the difference in your skin almost immediately when adding a serum to your routine. If there’s one brand that knows a lot about serums, it’s Lancome. Their Genifique Youth Activating Serum has iconic status in the beauty world, and its high-tech formulation now includes prebiotic and probiotic fractions that help to strengthen the skin’s barrier and help with signs of ageing. What makes this a best-seller is that it appeals to all skin types and ages, and its glow-giving and anti-ageing formula transforms lacklustre skin.
Learn more about Lancome Genifique in our Genifique edit.