Backstage at Prabal Gurung at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York Fall 2012

Backstage at Prabal Gurung at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York Fall 2012

The start of a new year is the perfect time to spring clean your beauty loot and reevaluate your makeup and skincare habits. Here are a few easy changes you can make to your routine today for healthier-looking skin and hair.

 1. Play with colour. 2012 may have been the year of the coral lip, but the focus for 2013 has shifted to the eye area with cool tones like cobalt blue, turquoise and emerald green dubbed the hues to watch. Start by applying a wash of a gem-toned liner across the bottom lash line before teaming it with a slick of clear lip balm and a hint of brown pencil.

 2. Coming clean. Double cleansing at night is essential to remove product build-up and oil, plus it also paves the way for the rest of your skincare to sink in more effectively. For a through cleanse, stick with a gentle, non-foaming lotion such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, from $8.99 at Priceline, priceline.com.au, that you can use generously without it leaving the skin feeling dry or irritated.

Hot tip: it’s not uncommon to experience more breakouts in the warmer months as perspiration and heat can expand the pores, causing oil and bacteria to become trapped. If post summer holiday congestion is a concern, make the switch to a cleanser that contains salicylic acid which helps to slough away at dead skin cells to prevent pore blockages.

3. Wear a broad spectrum SPF. If you're looking to stave off fine lines and wrinkles, sunscreen is the ultimate anti-ageing tool. Broad-spectrum formulas are designed to protect the skin from both UVA (the rays responsible for skin cancer and premature ageing) as well as UVB (the rays responsible for burning). If you’re tight on time in the morning, the best way to ensure you’re covered is to make the switch to a lightweight sunblock such as Hamilton Everyday Face Invisible Shield SPF 30+, $12.95, that you can use in place of your regular face and body lotion.  

 4. Get happier hair. Just like our nails and skin, our hair is a reflection of our overall health. Whether you’re trying to grow out a short cut or tired of coarse-looking ends, the best thing you can do for your hair (aside from using heat-protecting products) is to commit to regular miniature trims every six to eight weeks.  Although snipping away at split ends wont speed up the rate at which the hair grows, it will keep the hair looking fuller and healthier.  

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