A beauty scientist has shared the five ‘beauty red flags’ everyone is guilty of, but she would never do.
Hannah English, from Sydney, said there are countless bad things she sees women do with their beauty regimes, including using loofahs which are ‘full of dirt’, spraying perfume on your neck and chest and mixing your sunscreen with makeup.
‘These are the five things I would never do as a scientist in beauty,’ Hannah said in a recent video.
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A beauty scientist has shared the five ‘beauty red flags’ everyone is guilty of, but she would never do (Hannah English pictured)
The first thing the scientist said she never does is use a loofah, which are dirty and probably filled ‘with mold’ (stock image)
1. Use a loofah
The first thing the scientist said she never does is use a loofah, which are dirty and probably filled ‘with mould’.
‘They are disgusting, no one ever washes them and they probably definitely have mold in them,’ Hannah said.
If you’re getting rashes on your body, she said it’s probably because of your dirty loofah.
You’re far better off throwing yours out and using your hands to wash your body instead.
Hannah said she never sprays perfume on her neck or chest as perfumes have compounds in them that make your skin ‘more photo-sensitive’
2. Spray perfume on the neck and chest area
Secondly, Hannah said she never sprays any perfume on the neck or chest area.
The reason being is because they have ‘compounds in them that aren’t necessarily bad for you, but they do make your skin more photo-sensitive’.
Instead, she said she sprays her perfume on the back of her neck underneath her hair.
Not only does it give off an amazing smell, but the scent lasts longer.
The scientist urged followers not to be mixing their SPF with their makeup, as you need the coverage to be even rather than patchy and products de-stabilise SPF when mixed
3. Mix sunscreen with other products
When it comes to sunscreen, many women mix a little with their foundation in order to get a dewy but UVA and UVB-protected glow.
But Hannah said you shouldn’t be mixing products.
‘By all means, put your moisturizer on, let that dry, then put your sunscreen on and let that dry and then go in with any makeup,’ she said.
But please do not mix any tint, any bronzer or any foundation with your sunscreen.
‘The reason for that is because it needs to form an even film on your skin and this could make it patchy and de-stabilise the whole thing.’
4. Think preservative-free is a good thing
While many people might look at a product and think if it markets itself as ‘preservative-free’ that is a good thing, Hannah said the opposite is true.
‘Preservatives are put in products to stop mold from getting in,’ she said.
If a water-based product has no preservatives in it, then it will definitely get moldy, and this will lead to rashes on your skin.
Finally, Hannah said you can’t rely on the SPF in makeup, as you need so much more sun protection than you do makeup
5. Rely on the sun protection in makeup
Finally, Hannah said you can’t rely on the SPF in makeup.
Your foundation might say it’s SPF30+ or SPF50+, but the correct amount of sun protection you need to apply is 1/4 of a teaspoon or roughly 1mL – which is far more SPF than you would ever apply foundation.
‘If you’ve ever measured out 1mL of foundation, you’ll know that no one ever wears that much foundation,’ she said.
Instead, apply your SPF and then put your foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturizer on top.