Beauty By Numbers

May 1, 2016

With the ever-changing beauty rules, it is extremely difficult to know which advice is correct. 

Read our Beauty by Numbers post and we will answer 12 of the most common beauty questions we get asked.

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Read on… some of the Beauty by Numbers answers will surprise you!

1. How long does it take for the nail polish to dry and become smudge proof after my manicure?

Answer: 20 minutes

A typical manicure usually consists of a base coat, two coats of colour and a clear top coat. For every coat you paint on your nails you need five minutes drying time under the nail dryer. 

If you don’t have a spare 20 minutes consider having a Shellac Manicure done as it is zero drying time.

2. How many times can you use dry shampoo in between washes?

Answer: 3 times. 

Dry shampoo is overused. Limit it to three times before washing your hair, otherwise the powder will become visible to the naked eye.

3. How often should I switch my foundation ?

Answer: Every 3 months 

By regularly swapping your foundation the shade and formula will always match your skin texture and colour perfectly. 

Our skin colour and texture changes constantly due to seasonal, environmental, hormonal and lifestyle factors. 

At a minimum ensure you have a summer and winter foundation as your skin colour and texture are very different with each of the two seasons.

4.  How long should it take before I see results from my new skin care products?

Answer: 90 days

You must take into account the severity of the skin condition you’re trying to fix. If you’re committed to a twice-daily skincare regime, you should feel some improvements after 45 days but actually see improvements within 90 days.

5. How often should I clean my makeup brushes? 

Answer: Once a week

Regular cleaning will remove trapped make-up residue and kill any bacteria.

Wash your makeup brushes in shampoo and rinse them well then place them out flat on a clean soft towel to dry overnight.

To find out the best makeup brushes for beginners click here 

6. How long should I wait for my sunscreen to adsorb before heading outside?

Answer: 20 minutes 

This allows the sunscreen absorb into your skin. Always use a sunscreen with a protection factor SPF30 (or higher) and reapply every 2 hours.

Always wear a sunscreen, as ultraviolet rays damage skin and contribute to skin problems.

7. How often should I exfoliate?

Answer: Every 3 days.

Regular exfoliation of your face and neck will not only clean up your pores but gentle buffing can also help to minimise fine lines and wrinkles.

Removing dead skin cells from your face and body allowing your serums, creams and moisturisers to do their job.

8. How often should I moisturise my face and neck?

Answer: Twice a day 

Once in the morning and once before bed. However, if you are finding that your skin is still thirsty, try using a hydrating serum in conjunction with your moisturiser to properly restore moisture to your skin. 

If that doesn’t improve your skin after 45 days, try using different brand of skincare to see if that improves it. 

9. How often should I have my eyebrows professionally groomed?

Answer: Every 4 weeks in summer and every 4-6 weeks in winter. 

Whether you are booking in for a complete brow tint, tidy and reshape or just a brow wax, you will not only feel more polished afterwards but your eye makeup application will be flawless.  

A professional henna brow session is the quickest way to improve your brow shape and colour not to mention flatter your eyes.

10. How often should I dry brush my body? 

Answer: Daily 

Dry brushing daily will help to increase your circulation, soften your skin and help to remove toxins. Always dry brush before your get into the shower starting at your feet and working upward strokes towards your heart. 

For a step by step guide to dry brushing click here

11. How often should I replace my mascara?

Answer: Every 3 months

The core ingredients in mascara only has a 3 month life span, so after 3 months they will start to dry out and not coat your lashes properly. Bacteria also breeds inside the tube so you want to discard it regularly.

For tips on how to apply your mascara click here

12. How long should I leave my serum to absorb into my skin before applying my moisturiser?

Answer: 2 minutes

It is essential to allow serum to properly absorb this way the active ingredients can penetrate the skin without interference. Wait until the serum is no longer felt on the skin before applying your moisturiser – this usually takes approximately 2 minutes (depending on skin type). 

After you have completed the rest of your skin care routine, wait approximately 5 minutes before you apply your foundation.

For tips on how to apply your foundation click here.

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