6 Beauty Products You Need To Get Rid Of In Your 20s
Most of my teenage years were spent bumbling around trying to figure out my beauty, skin and hair care regime. While I don’t look back at that time of my life in complete horror, I’m glad I managed to sail through without committing any major faux pas. Having said that, while your make-up and hair mistakes can certainly be overlooked in your teens, as you grow older and wiser your beauty regime should reflect that new maturity. Now is as good a time as any to ditch those college favourites and usher in your best years with some refined choices. Here are six beauty products you should leave behind and what you should replace them with.
1. Fruity body mists
There comes a time in every tween’s life when she is crazy obsessed with overly sweet, fruity fragrances. It’s almost like a rite of passage, I think. However, you definitely don’t want to smell like a fruit platter in your 20s.
Try This Instead: A more modern fragrance befitting your age.
SHOP NOW: Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise Perfume (Rs 6,050)
2. Travel-size blow dryer
The secret to great-looking hair is not only investing in the right products but also the right styling tools. That cheap blow dryer with no temperature settings is not going to cut it anymore. And honestly, it isn’t doing your hair any favours.
Try This Instead: Invest in a good quality, professional blow dryer that has both cold and hot air settings.
SHOP NOW: BBLUNT iR Professional Hair Dryer (Rs 4,550)
3. Moisturiser Without SPF
No matter how often you step into the sun, you must wear both moisturiser and sunscreen. As you grow older, exposure to the sun will not only make your skin age faster but will also lead to damage caused my harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Try This Instead: If you can’t bring yourself to put on two different products every morning, invest in a moisturiser that contains SPF. That’s not so hard, is it?
SHOP NOW: Dermalogica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer (Rs 1,902)
4. Shampoo + Conditioner
It seemed like a good idea to skip conditioner when you had no patience to wash your hair twice over, and 2-in-1 products like a shampoo+conditioner were a blessing in disguise. It’s time to bust that sham though. Shampoo is meant to cleanse your hair, while conditioner — as the name suggests — softens it and makes it more manageable. They are two different products with very different uses, so it’s best not to confuse them into one supposedly magical product.
Try This Instead: Pick a cleaning shampoo according to your scalp type, and a nourishing conditioner according to your hair type.
SHOP NOW: Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturising Shampoo (Rs 460)
5. Foaming cleansers
A lot of women have a mental block that unless a cleanser doesn’t go crazy foaming up, it’s not doing its job well. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. If a cleanser makes your skin feel dry and stretched post wash, it’s probably not good for you. Avoid using harsh cleansers.
Try This Instead: Switch to a more gentle face wash that cleans without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
SHOP NOW: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (Rs 1,785)
Giving up glitter make-up isn’t the end of the world, girls. You can still have a lot of fun experimenting with make-up in your 20s. Let’s just leave it for the stage or costume parties, shall we?
Try This Instead: Try shimmery eyeshadows and highlighters instead. They are far more flattering.
SHOP NOW: Benefit Cosmetics High Beam (Rs 2,990)