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15% of women use 15 beauty products each day.
We all know the beauty industry thrives on clever marketing and packaging. So which of these products thousands of people apply each day are essential beauty products?
Read on for our curated list of top 10 beauty must-haves.
Blush used to be used on the apples of the cheeks. Even men wore blush in the 1770s and again in the 70’s (David Bowie for example).
Nowadays, the trend is to use blush to contour and shape the face. Instead of pink, modern women lean towards shades of brown.
Blush is a fast, lightweight way to brighten and even the skin tone and give you a youthful look. Plus, blush looks good on everyone.
It’s one of those versatile essential beauty products that come in powder, mineral or cream – whatever you prefer. Another great thing about blush is that you can wear it alone for a touch of color or layer it over foundation.
2. Eye Cream
Women start to consider eye cream once they reach a certain age and signs of aging start to creep up. However, even in your 20s, a good preventive care regimen for your eyes is a good idea.
The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fluids (tears, water, sweat) under the eyes cause puffiness and dark circles.
Eye cream works to smooth out fine lines, reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes. It also brightens dull, shadowy skin making your whole face look much younger (and less tired).
As we age, the skin around our eyes gets thinner. This is one of the main signs of aging. To combat this, you need an eye cream with excellent hydration. Adding water to the skin around your eyes makes your skin look full and youthful.
The skin around the eyes is also one of the first areas claimed by gravity. A good eye cream helps to firm up the area to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Red Lipstick
Some ladies shy away from red shades claiming them to be too bold. We want to convince you otherwise.
Research shows that women wearing red lipstick are perceived to be more attractive. They are approached in bars more quickly than women wearing other colors or no lipstick at all.
Of course, red lipstick is not just about getting a date.
Red lipstick will make you feel more confident in the boardroom. According to color psychology, red is the color most associated with passion, action, and energy.
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So go ahead and dial up your confidence by smoothing on that red pout. Choose a shade that flatters your complexion and enjoy the high-fives on your bold beauty move.
4. BB Cream
Beauty Balm, also known as BB cream, is a multitasking extraordinaire and a beauty must-have.
It’s a sheer foundation, moisturizer, primer, SPF, and toner all in one. It hides blemishes, makes your skin radiant and is light enough that you don’t even feel that you have anything on your face.
Talk about getting the most bang for your buck. This little tube does it all.
5. Dry Shampoo
Here’s one of those beauty must-haves that is not for your face.
Dry shampoo is the busy girl’s best friend. The powder in the spray can absorb excess oil, dirt, product buildup, and smell.
We all hate the way our hair feels when we’ve gone one day over our usual hair wash routine. It’s lanky, greasy, smelly and flat.
If you don’t have time for a wash and dry, a few squirts of dry shampoo will buy you an extra day. In under two minutes, you have fresh-looking (and smelling) hair.
6. Deep Conditioner
Here comes another hair item you need to have on your beauty products list.
Deep conditioner is a dose of TLC for your locks. Whether your hair is colored, permed, short, long, curly or straight, it could always use extra moisturizing.
Treat your tresses once or twice a month to an intensive, restorative deep-conditioning session that’ll nourish, fortify, and moisturize your mane.
See top five hair treatments for dry or damaged hair.
7. Facial Mist
If you haven’t tried a hydrating mist yet, girl you just haven’t lived!
Used by makeup gurus on every celeb, a facial spray is a lightning-fast way to revive dehydrated skin.
This rejuvenating mist helps to soothe and re-energize skin in just one press. You will love the feel of the gentle mist rain on your skin, especially in summer.
Most facial sprays are infused with herbal and botanical extracts such as aloe vera, rose, and thyme. What’s not to love?
Interested in adding essential oils to your skincare routine? Check out the best essential oils for skincare.
8. Sunscreen for Your Face
A lot of the problems we have on our face are the result of sun damage.
Sunspots, dry patches, discoloration, peeling and so on are are from the harmful rays of the sun. In summer especially, a sunscreen with a high SPF rating is essential.
We recommend at least SPF 30 in summer (45 or 60 is recommended if you suffer from sunspots).
Remember, sunscreen for the face is made differently than sunscreen for the body. Don’t apply body sunscreen on the delicate skin on your face.
Look for protection that is water-resistant for days at the beach or pool. Also make sure it is right for your skin type (oily, dry, combination etc).
Check out SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+ which is good for the face and body.
9. Exfoliating Scrub
Whether you wear makeup every day or not, your face gets clogged with air pollution, oil, and sweat.
For a delicious deep clean, get an exfoliating scrub. It will slough off dead skin, clear out clogged pores (especially those pesky ones on the nose) and make your skin glow.
Wet your fingertips and add a dollop of scrub, work in small circles as you massage your face with it. It’s like a spa service at home! You will feel gloriously fresh and baby-faced once you’re done.
10. Makeup Remover Wipes
Wearing your makeup to bed is so bad for your skin.
We’ve all been there–you come home late and you’re exhausted. The last thing you want to do is a 5-minute make-up removal procedure.
So before you jump under those covers, at least give your face a quick pass with a makeup remover wipe.
Shop for one that has antibacterial and cleansing properties. Store a pack in your nightstand drawer to make it as easy as possible on those late nights.
Your skin will reward you for your effort. Just wash your face properly when you wake up the next day.
Bonus: these are also excellent for traveling.
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With so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide on what you really need. It helps to have a leg up.
Remember that taking care of your skin is an investment you make today for healthy skin for years to come.
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