What's your beauty sin

Beauty talk: What's your beauty sin?

When it comes to our beauty regimes, we all cut a few corners. A new study found that 55% of women hide a beauty sin from their partner. So we found out what everyone’s hiding…


Why are we ashamed to admit what it really takes to look fresh-faced? A new study shows that a quarter of women surveyed confess to having at least one beauty secret that no one – even their friends – know about. And a whopping 55% confided to keeping a beauty no-no from their partner. Here, Beauty Recommended comes out with the truth.

It may be 2013, yet despite the confessional world of social media, many of us are still old-fashioned at heart. Psychologist and psychotherapist Rachel Shattock Dawson, says when it comes to our beauty regime, mystery still plays a part. “In an age where very little remains taboo, many women still prefer to keep some things private, believing there’s a place for a little mystery even with their closest relationships,” says Rachel. “Knowing your hair looks great and that you embody natural beauty clearly pays great dividends in confidence and self-esteem.”

So, if you’re keeping a few beauty secrets under wraps – you’re not alone. We polled Beauty Recommended readers and asked them to open up about their own beauty taboos. The results are in.

When asked, what’s your beauty sin? A third said “I pick my spots” closely followed by “I sleep in my make-up” at 28%. The most common confessions included admitting to stubbly legs, not brushing my teeth at night and cutting my own hair, whilst 11.9% confessed to keeping their mascara for over three months.

Can you cut your own hair – and get away with it?

We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Cut in a homemade wonky fringe in the spur of the moment, or trimmed a few sad-looking split ends in between salon visits. So, is the DIY chop a faux pas too far? Celebrity hair stylist Peter Lux sets the record straight: “I wouldn’t recommend ever cutting your own hair. This is a job that’s best left to the professionals.”

But, Peter says, you can stretch out your hair appointments by adopting a mini maintenance programme at home. “Start investing in the right hair styling tools to keep your hair looking better for longer. A professional hairdryer will reduce drying time, therefore reducing heat damage. And a natural bristle brush will help preserve the condition of your hair.” As for products, Peter says looking after your scalp is crucial. ‘I’m loving Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh range at the moment. Plus, try to use a hair mask every four or five washes and leave it on for a minimum of ten minutes to keep ends feeling soft and silky.”

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Is it so bad to hold on to your mascara for longer than three months??

In an ideal world, we’d overhaul our make-up bags each season but that’s not always possible! Mascara tends to dry out after three months, which is why it’s best to replace it. The first sign that your mascara has seen better days is if it starts to leave flakes under your eyes.”

As for the rest of your make-up, always keep the lids on tight to stop air getting in and clean the nozzle of your foundation tubes to avoid a build-up. If you use make-up brushes, give them a clean once a week in washing up liquid and condition them with hair conditioner – this will not only be better for your skin, but it will give your make-up a more professional looking finish. Plus, wash out your make-up bag once in a while and come summer when the temperature rises, keep your foundation in the fridge to avoid it separating.”

What’s so bad about sleeping in your make-up?

All of us can relate to falling asleep in our make-up, can’t we? What’s the harm? Olay’s Principal Scientist Dr Sian Morris spells it out: “OK, let’s be frank – apart from staining your pillow case – failing to use make up remover once in a blue moon isn’t a huge problem. But cleansing morning and night will help you achieve healthier more radiant skin, which is what most of us strive for. Cleansing not only removes make-up, it helps reduce sebum, dead skin cells and grime accumulated throughout the day. These oily residues are the perfect breeding place for harmful free radicals, which can lead to damage and premature ageing.”

In fact, stepping up your night-time cleansing routine could be just what your skin needs. “Light exfoliation can help enhance cell removal, plus clean, exfoliated skin has been proven to be more receptive to moisturiser and its ingredients,” says Sian. Try Olay Regenerist 3 Point Treatment Cream.

Can you get away with brushing teeth once a day?

So, some of us have admitted to not brushing our teeth at night. No big deal, right? Wrong, says Oral-B smile director, Dr Uchenna Okoye. “Night time is the most essential time to remember to brush – when asleep you are producing less saliva, which protects your teeth, meaning you are more likely to get tooth decay.” In fact, almost one in three of us do not clean our teeth twice a day.

Yikes! Anything else we need to know? “Flossing helps to prevent a build-up of plaque and tooth whitening toothpastes are great for keeping surface stains at bay. I recommend Oral-B 3D White, as it’s gentle yet effective. An electric toothbrush is also important to maintaining natural white teeth.”

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