10 Beauty Products You’ve Been Using Incorrectly + Learn How To Use Them!
1. Cleansing Brush
Cleansing brushes are all the rage these days, however, these tools must be used correctly in order to yield the best results. A cleansing brush works best when it just barely grazes your skin, and you allow the vibration to move the bristles gently across your face to lift and remove debris. The problem is, most people apply too much pressure, and this can cause broken capillaries and damage skin tissue.
2. Exfoliating Scrub
Exfoliating is an important part of your skincare regimen; however, it’s not something you want to do every day. In this case, less is more! You should aim to exfoliate your face once per week. Any more than that will provoke dry skin, redness & irritation.
Serum is the most incorrectly used skincare product of all! It is supposed to be applied before your moisturizer. A serum is a concentrated product meant to target troublesome areas such as your under eye.
Your serum needs to go on first to ensure all the active ingredients penetrate deeply into your pores and can start repairing and restoring your skin. Allow your serum to absorb completely before applying your moisturizer.
4. Eye Cream
Eye cream is meant to be applied around your eyes – not on your eyes. Use your ring finger to delicately apply the product along the orbital bone surrounding your eyes. Your ring finger is naturally the weakest out of all your fingers, so you can be confident that you are using the slightest pressure.
It’s great and all that you’ve remembered to apply sunscreen, but did you know that you need to reapply every 2 hours to maintain optimal sun protection? Most people apply it just once, and assume it’s enough to last all day.
6. Makeup Sponge
If you’re using a makeup sponge to apply your foundation, this tip is important! Stop wasting so much product! Start with a wet sponge so that it absorbs less of your expensive foundation.
Bonus: Your foundation will glide on more smoothly!
7. Makeup Brushes
So you’ve made an investment and purchased amazing tools to apply your cosmetic products, but your beauty routine does not end here! If you’ve been experiencing more skin breakouts than usual, it’s likely you’ve overlooked cleansing your makeup brushes for quite some time. Your skin is only as clean as the brushes you’ve used to apply your makeup with.
Hot Tip: Clean your brushes at least once per month!
8. Eyelash Curler
How often have you curled your lashes after you’ve applied your mascara? If that’s what you normally do, stop that now! Curl your lashes before you apply mascara. You’ll save yourself the headache later – promise! Curling your lashes before applying your mascara ensures you avoid any lash clumping.
Mascara seems like a straightforward sort of thing, right? Well, if you want to get the most dramatic look, listen up! Instead of stroking straight upwards with the brush, try a zig-zag or side-to-side movement while you stroke upwards to allow the product to coat your lashes fully and give you that VA-VA-VOOM dramatic effect!
Who else has a hard time drawing a straight line? If you’ve been applying eyeliner from the inside corner of your eye outwards, turns out you’ve been doing it all wrong! Instead, start from the middle, then draw short lines on either side, and finally, connect the dots! So simple, you’ll wish you would have thought of it sooner!