BACK TO BASICS
Don't use soap to wash your face: it's not pH-balanced in a way that's good for the skin on your face. Instead, opt for a cleanser that suits your skin type: oily, dry, combination, sensitive or normal.
Wet your face, squeeze a small dollop of cleanser onto your fingertips and rub to work up a lather. Gently massage cleanser all over your face using circular motions, and then rinse off. Avoid washing your face with hot water, as it can really dry you out.
Toner restores your skin's pH levels, removes excess oil, shrinks your pores, and preps your skin for moisturising. Some toners need to be applied with a cotton ball or pad, and some should just be patted onto your face with your palms. Either way, be gentle.
Moisturiser is a must, no matter what the weather or your skin type - you just need to find one that works for you.
Don't think you don't need to moisturise if you have oily skin. One reason it's oily is that it's actually dehydrated, and is over-producing oils to compensate and to moisturise itself. Give your skin enough hydration, and you should notice an improvement.
Whatever your skin type, rub a pea-sized blob between your fingers, then gently massage onto your face.
AND remember to get enough sleep! They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing.
Not being able to wear make-up or paint your nails at school doesn't mean you need to leave your make-up bag at home. Here are some basics to keep you looking fresh throughout the day. It's okay … we won't tell.
Sunscreen can protect your skin from harmful rays and prevent wrinkles when you're older. We'd recommend SPF 30 or higher for everyday use.
For a little extra coverage, go for a BB/CC cream (most already have SPF); if you're worried about it looking too heavy for school, mix with moisturiser.
A tiny case of sheets is all you need to keep your face shine-free during the day. In a pinch, a tissue or a receipt will do the trick.
If you prefer powder, go for powdered blotting sheets instead of a compact of translucent powder -they do the same job, but are far less hassle to apply and carry around.
Nail buffer block
Use a nail buffer block and gently file your nails to smooth out ridges. Buff your nails slowly for a high-gloss shine without actually using polish. For extra moisture, use cuticle oil - it can prevent hangnails.
A lip balm can provide a subtle natural sheen that won't break any rules. For a sheer hint of colour, try a tinted one; just steer clear of anything with glitter.
Hand cream and hand sanitiser
Massaging a cream into your hands keeps them soft and looking great, and may even help you destress.
And remember, if you're going to touch your face, you need clean hands - mucky fingers can cause breakouts or irritation. If there isn't a washroom nearby, hand sanitiser will come in handy.
Pamper your skin before you start the new school year with a mask made from items you can find in your kitchen. For some ideas, visit the new Beauty section of our new website!
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