10 Beauty Rules to Throw Out the Window
Upgrade Your Look
Out with the old, in with the new. It's the winning phrase this New Year—your beauty routine included. We've given the most common hair, skin, and makeup vows an upgrade, so you can step into 2016 more gorgeous than ever. (And for more feel-good resolutions, find out why you should be more body positive this year.)
Old Rule: Don't Shampoo Every Time You Shower
New rule: Use a pre-shampoo treatment every time you suds up
By now, you know that harsh surfactants from your shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils—especially if you use one every time you shower. But you'll never have to limit your cleansing routine again (your post-sprint scalp can thank us later). These pre-treatments act like a rain bonnet for your hair, protecting the cuticle from whatever you throw at (or on) it. One to try: Kerastase Gommage Chronologiste Rinse Out Pre-Shampoo ($44, kerastase-usa.com).
Old Rule: Slather On Suncreen Daily
New rule: Choose the application method that works for you
Daily sun protection is the most effective way to prevent wrinkles and age spots, period. That doesn't make the extra step any more fun. Now, new ways to stay protected are changing the game with primers (to apply under makeup), sprays (to apply over makeup), and brush-ons (for midday touchups). See for yourself with these 20 sun protects to help protect your skin.
Old Rule: Scrub Your Face Clean
New rule: Adopt a gentle, double cleansing routine to get off the grime
If you wash your face too much, too hard, or with a harsh soap, you're disrupting your skin barrier (in other words: making it dry and inflamed). Instead, you want to use two super gentle cleansers—one to take off the first layer of makeup, dirt, and oil; the second to wash away those teensy, microscopic particles that the initial sweep missed—so your face feels spick and span, sans the irritation.
Old Rule: Use a Yellow-Based Concealer
New rule: Grab a color corrector to neutralize your complexion concerns
Don't limit yourself to yellow. Green offsets redness or irritation, orange counters dark under-eye circles, and purple brightens sallowness.
Old Rule: Match Your Foundation to Your Hand
New rule: For the closest match, use your chest as a guide
You want the shade of your foundation to look similar to your body, and your chest is the only body spot exposed to the sunlight as much as your face. For more ways to up your makeup game, check out how to apply makeup, according to a makeup artist.
Old Rule: Avoid Glitter
New rule: Use it strategically to brighten your eyes
It's true that too much glitter can look garish. But a small dab in the inner corners of your eyes will make 'em look brighter. You can also apply it to the center of your eyelid for the same effect (just don't do both at the same time).
Old Rule: Don't Shower Every Day
New rule: Limit your daily showers to five minutes
Standing under a stream of H2O sounds uber-hydrating for your skin, but it's actually quite the opposite. Water—especially at scalding temps—has a drying effect on your epidermis. Fighting the flakes is easy; just make sure to turn down the heat, keep your showers as short as possible, and apply body lotion to damp skin immediately after to lock in moisture. (Pro tip: Bring in a shower radio and make it a point to hop out after the second song.)
Old Rule: Exfoliate Your Skin Once a Week
New rule: Exfoliate your skin
your scalp once a week
The latter is an oft forgotten area, but sloughing away any excess oils or dead skin on your scalp frees up your hair follicles so strands can grow longer and stronger.
Old Rule: Try the Nude Lip Trend
New rule: Try brown lipstick instead
It's a pumped up version of nude, but feels a lot less boring. Check out our story Brown Lipstick Is the New Neutral Lip Color to make it work for your skin tone.