3 Beauty Crimes You Don’t Know You’re Committing | Clozette


Youthful skin is something that we all desire to have. In our quest to achieve that coveted glow and firmness of an ageless complexion, sometimes we think the more we do, the better it is for our skin. But in fact, some of the beauty practices we do may actually cause more damage than good. You may even be making your skin age faster without knowing it! Find out if you’re committing any of these three beauty crimes.

Collagen crazy




Aside from skincare products that contain collagen, supplements and drinks with collagen as a star ingredient are gaining popularity. While the thought of drinking your way to beauty and a youthful glow is enticing, did you know that overdoing it can actually be really bad for your skin?

Some collagen drinks have a high amount of sugar content because let’s be frank, collagen by itself does not taste good. And while sugary food and drinks are tasty, too much sugar wrecks havoc on the collagen and elastin in our skin, causing wrinkles and discolouration. So instead of fighting the signs of ageing, too much of these drinks can potentially cause your skin to age faster.


Mad for masks



Source, Source, Source, Source


Who doesn’t love masks? From clay masks and sheet masks to gel masks and more, there’s one for everyone. But sometimes your excitement in variety should be contained. While masks are generally good for the skin, over-masking — especially when using a specialised kind of mask — can be trouble.

Exposing your skin to potent ingredients may seem like a good idea in the short run, but excessive use can also clog pores, cause inflammation, and disrupt your skin’s natural process of retaining moisture. This, in turn, makes your skin age faster.




Senseless 'bout SPF



Source


Slathering on sunscreen is one of the most important skincare steps you just can’t miss when it comes to anti-ageing. We’re sure you know that already, but are you applying your sunscreen right? Slapping it on hastily is not enough. If you’re a makeup-wearer, make sure you’re still wearing sunscreen underneath your makeup. While makeup with SPF can work, you need a proper amount to let it reap its effects. Also, note: sunscreen is always the final step in your daytime skincare routine.

Let your sunscreen absorb and settle 15 to 30 minutes before you head out. Plus, sunscreen reapplication is also a must. Inappropriate use of sunscreen is just as bad for skin ageing as when you don’t use sunscreen at all.





Besides avoiding these beauty crimes, there are some ways you can ensure that you’re not sabotaging your anti-ageing efforts. Our recommendation? The Victoria Power-Lift Facial Therapy from the UK. A signature of Victoria Facelift, we’re happy to report that this non-invasive treatment is a great alternative to Botox for people who are scared of needles. In as fast as 90 minutes, its unique V-factor formulation will give you visibly lifted and wrinkle-reduced skin without the need for Botox or fillers.




The Victoria Power-Lift Facial Therapy uses powerful antioxidants and a special machine called power-lift machines, which work to tighten the skin instantly. The special treatment used for this procedure contains Oligopeptide-I, an antioxidant that’s great at repairing the epidermis. It also has Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed extract, which promotes the production of collagen in the skin. When coupled with the radiofrequency of the Power-Lift therapy, it will lift, firm, tighten, hydrate, stimulate collagen regeneration, and restore skin’s elasticity with no side-effect and downtime at all. Just what you need to combat the signs of skin ageing.

Ready to look years younger than your real age? We’ve got an exclusive trial price for our first 100 readers! Enjoy a 90-minute Victoria Power-Lift Facial and a 3piece V-Lift skincare set (total worth SGD486) at only SGD28 nett. Click here to sign up now.


READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC


 

Sunscreen is the best anti-ageing product out there. It’s true; protecting the skin from the harsh UV rays, sunscreen helps stop the formation of wrinkles and discolouration, and prevents skin damage and skin cancer. Needless to say, we’re particular about what we slather on our skin. There are a lot of qualities we look for beyond the sun protection factor. Here’s our checklist.


A comfortable texture


(Photo from: Hannahchia)


Nobody likes a sticky sunscreen. We’re all about a light texture that is easily absorbed by the skin. We use sunscreen to protect us from harmful UV rays, but we don’t exactly want to constantly be reminded that we have a product on our face.


Added skincare benefits


Of course, we use sunscreen for its main purpose, which is to protect us from the sun’s rays. But it doesn’t hurt if the sunscreen also has added benefits to the skin. Something that’s moisturising and can aid in keeping the skin well-hydrated is definitely a plus.


Dual purpose


(Photo from: ladies_journal)


Since we live in a humid place, layering on too many face products can prove to be not only tedious but also impractical in terms of budget. So a product that can serve two purposes at once is more than welcome. We also live such fast-paced lives, so cutting even just a couple of minutes from our daily routine can already be a big thing.


Fragrance-free


Some of use like sweet fragrances while others like it citrus-y. But sometimes, scents can be too cloying, which can contribute to the experience of using a product. We say, why not cater to everyone’s style and preference by using something that doesn’t contain any fragrance?




Stays on for a long time


We know how important it is to reapply sunscreen as the day progresses, but we truly wish we could forego the extra step by putting on something that stays on and protects us for a long time.


Easy to remove


We want something that not only applies like a dream but also is easy to get rid of. We want something that can be taken off without needing to use any special product, stat!


(Left) Senka Perfect UV Gel; (Right) Senka Perfect UV Milk


Now, we’ve found the sunscreens that have all of the qualities we are looking for: the Senka Perfect UV Gel and the Senka Perfect UV Milk. Women these days have different lifestyles and preferences, and Senka sunscreens are a great match for just about any type of life you live.




For those who love the outdoors


(Photo from: Hannahchia)


Women who often see themselves doing things outdoors — those who are often by the beach or are engaged in high adrenaline activities — the Senka Perfect UV Milk is the perfect match. Aside from its ability to keep skin protected with the help of SPF50+, UV Milk is easily absorbed and is waterproof and sweat-proof. It also has a milky texture that dries to a powdery finish, which is great for those who live an active lifestyle. The sunscreen is also fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested and proven safe for all skin types.


More than protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, the sunscreen also contains natural silk essence complex and double hyaluronic acids that penetrate the skin and leave it hydrated. Plus, since it’s smear-proof, it acts as a great base for makeup.


For city-dwelling go-getters


(Photo from: GlamMama)


Much like the UV Milk, the Senka UV Gel also offers maximum sun protection. It’s great for city dwellers because it has a lotion-like texture that dries to a comfortable, lightweight finish — none of the sticky feel that leaves you feeling icky after running errands in the city. It’s also dermatologist-tested to work great for all types of skin, and has no fragrance — a plus for people with sensitive noses. The UV Gel is also a great way to prep your face for makeup as it acts as a primer. One of the best things this sunscreen offers for those who lead busy lives in the city is its easiness to be removed. So if you came home from a long day at work, you wouldn’t need to worry about taking an extra step to get rid of the sunscreen you slathered on before you started your day. The UV Gel can easily be removed with just soap and water.


The Senka sunscreen range is perfect for anyone who’s a skincare junkie. So, really, what more can you ask for?




Experience the goodness of the Senka Perfect UV Gel and the Senka Perfect UV Milk. Grab a bottle at Watsons, Guardian, Aeon Wellness, Sasa, Giant, Aeon and Parkson in Malaysia.



READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC


 

Fashions shows do not just inspire fashion trends but also beauty looks. Although most makeup styles on the runway will look over the top outside the catwalk, you can still translate them into an everyday look by focusing on a few elements. Read on to find out how to take these LFW beauty trends to the streets.


Blue Eyeshadow



Looks like blue eyeshadow is making a big comeback right now. This electric blue eyeshadow may come off as very avant-garde in real life when you put it all over your lid. So make it more wearable by using it as an accent instead. 


One way to do it is by using a blue gel eyeliner to line your upper lashline. If you're feeling extra edgy, go ahead and add a little flick for that subtle cat eye. Another way is to incorporate it into your smoky eye look along with deep coals and shimmers. 


Lip Confetti



Copying this straight off the catwalk will earn you countless strange looks on the street. The confetti lips trend is really all about looking glam while using shimmers and glitters. Pull this off by wearing nude, peach or pink lip gloss with glitters and you will look just as fab as LFW models.


Bright Blushes



Bright blushes are tricky, to say the least. You have to achieve just the right balance in order for them to not look tacky. To do this, start by putting on a good, full coverage foundation to even out the skin tone.


When you've got the perfect canvas, apply the two strokes of bright blush on the cheeks. Afterwards, add an additional stroke on the outer part of your cheeks for that sculpted look. Work with powder instead of cream blush as creams tend to be more pigmented and the shade intensity is harder to calibrate. 


Bright, Multi-Coloured Eyeshadows



No doubt that this is an innovative eye makeup look. However, if you try to recreate it as it is, there's a good chance you'll end up making your eyes look like a five-year old's watercolour palette. So just take some inspiration and play with different, bright colours. 


The first step is to prime the lids and apply a neutral base colour. Since you're dealing with various bright colours, they have to stay in place or else you'll look like a hot mess. Next is to pick two bright yet contrasting colours like yellow and purple. Use the first colour for your lid, and the second for your outer corner. Pick a third colour, and use it to define your outer v and crease. Finally, for the browbone, just stick to neutrals.



(Cover photo from: @martajakubowski, @lucyjbridge)




Make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face after with a makeup remover that suits your skin type.

READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC