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If you’re 20+ and you’ve got skin, read this

5 beauty tips you need in your life.

Plus DIY beauty products that work!

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Source: Elle Canada

“Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?” … fairytales aren’t the answer to errythang, but our top 5 beauty tips will change your life (and your erm, face). We’ve searched far and wide to find the most epic skincare advice, to give yourself the happiest, glowing face possible. You’re welcome.

5 beauty tips you need in your life

Slip, slop, slap yo face! 

Use SPF every. Single. Day. But actually do it! Harsh UV rays make skin more sensitive and increase the appearance of wrinkles. (Oh, and yes the sun can damage your skin when it’s cold out, we’re looking at you, Winter!). Don't forget to apply it to your face, neck and ears (yes, them too!) before you go outside - no matter what! 

Pro tip: apply your facial sunscreen with a sponge to help it penetrate. 

All Eyes On You

I scream, you scream we all scream for eye cream! As we get older it’s “Hello dark circles,” and “Really wrinkles?” #hardtruth. Because the eye area in our 20-somethings is so sensitive, it’s one of the first places to show signs of ageing. The best treatment is a miracle eye cream. 

Pro tip: remember to only apply a dot size to the bone around the eyes. 

It’s all about layers

Does your eye cream go on before your moisturiser? Bronzer before blush? Learning to layer like a pro will enhance the effect of your beauty products (and not make you look like you’ve just piled a cake on your face). This is the correct order of application - and yes, it’s confusing AF. 

O.O.A: Cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum/mineral treatment, moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlighter. 

Pro trip: into concealer “baking”? Add your translucent powder before your face powder. Check inspo here. We’ll wait. 

Hope in a Jar

Retinol Cream = your new BFF. If you haven’t heard of retinol then we’ll try not to imagine you living under a rock. This incredible anti-ageing ingredient contains vitamin A traits that have been proven to unclog pores, boost collagen and reduce fine lines. Until recently, you couldn’t find retinol is the land of OZ, but you can now purchase retinol beauty products without the huge pricetag. 

Pro tip: retinol can sting the surface. Make sure you read directions on the packet before applying. 

Dancing in the Sheets

We all know that spa treatments can cost as much as a month’s rent. Think: at-home alternatives that’ll save you the travelling - and the bucks! Sheet masks (the Korean beauty staple) - are a thin cloth of paper drenched in skin-boosting goodness. Yes, it might make you look like a serial killer while wearing it - but after 15 minutes it’ll leave your skin glowing, firmed and refreshed. 

Pro tip: snip the nose fold to the eye hole. This way it’ll make for a better fit and get closer to your under-eye area. 

6 DIY beauty products that actually work

Look no further than your own hood for some DIY beauty fixes (that don’t cost the Earth!). You’re welcome.

Sunscreen: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50.

Eye Cream: Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream.

Retinol Cream: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Ageing Night Moisturiser.

Sheet Mask: Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask Sheet.

Coconut Oil Body Moisturizer

Coconut oil is made up of saturated fats and fatty acids which help repair skin barrier, trap water to hydrate skin and reduce inflammation. So go cocoNUTS with it and slather it errywhere. 

Avocado Face Mask

The thought of slathering an avo on your face might seem slightly strange, but it’s a proven crowd pleaser. Packed with vitamin B and minerals like potassium, iron and copper, it’ll leave your skin hydrated and glowing. It’s not hard either!

By: Nicola Christoforos

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