5 Beauty Hacks To Instantly Improve Your Skin


Zinhlezonke Zikalala |

Photograph by Jonathan Taylor

It’s about time you started thinking of your beauty products like soccer players (rugby lovers – one side): even the best players are benched in season.

Consider ditching your heavy hitters (creams, hair masks) with these smart swaps that will effortlessly revitalise your looks.

Ditch this: Bar soaps and lightweight body lotions

For this: Skin hydrating body products

READ MORE: 6 Things That’ll Happen To Your Skin If You Don’t Moisturise

What’s in it for you?
The peak of dry skin season may be over (hooray!), but that’s no reason to kick your moisturisers to the kerb along with your scarves and boots – especially if your skin is naturally dry to begin with. Experts say dehydrated skin looks older than hydrated skin, so staying lubed up is key. “Just the act of cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils. Using a body wash with hydrating ingredients – like glycerine and amino acids – can prevent skin acids from drying out in the shower,” says dermatologist Whitney Bowe. Switch out your basic body lotion for something a little more luxe too. “Body oils are more moisturising than water-based lotions, so they’re best for very dry skin,” says Bowe.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Oil

TRY Clinique Deep Comfort Body Oil, R315

Ditch this: De-puffing eye gel

For this: De-puffing roller ball

What’s in it for you?
Whether they’re caused by allergies, a salty snack, or a good cry, bloated under-eyes benefit most from a two-pronged approach: a cooling ingredient like cucumber calms, while a permanently chilled metal applicator manually reduces puff (spoons in the fridge is so old-school). Cold is a vasoconstrictor, so it tightens blood vessels and reduces swelling, says Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the US.

READ MORE: Which Face Oil Is Right For Your Skin Type?

Gosh Prime ’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll On

TRY Gosh Prime ’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll On, R145

Ditch this: Tinted moisturiser

For this: CC (colour and correct) cream

What’s in it for you?
Consider this coverage with added benefits. “CC cream has anti-ageing ingredients, conceals redness and contains more hydrators,” says Bowe.

Neutrogena CC Cream

TRY Neutrogena CC Cream, R100

Ditch this: Sunscreen

For this: SPF Plus Antioxidants

What’s in it for you?
SPF isn’t all you need to avoid looking like a leather wallet by your 40th birthday. “Antioxidants help ward off the oxidative stress and free radicals that contribute to wrinkling,” says Bowe. Your best bet: “Look for a one-stop-shop face lotion with sun protection, antioxidants vitamins C and E, and alpha hydroxyl acid, an exfoliator that enhances the absorption of those antioxidants,” says Fusco.

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Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

TRY Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, R825

Ditch this: Hydrating eye cream

For this: Eye cream with hyaluronic acid

What’s in it for you?
A rich eye cream is great for treating dry skin, but some women reach for it in the hopes of getting rid of crow’s feet. While retinol is the gold standard of doing so, it “may be irritating in those who are sensitive, especially since the under-eye area is already so thin,” says Bowe. Hyaluronic is not a dermatological filler but it will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and re-plump the under-eye hollow tear area.

L’Oréal Paris Filler Precision Eye Cream

TRY L’Oréal Paris Filler Precision Eye Cream, R245

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