As beauty editors, we know that you have a hard time taking our recommendations seriously. Not because you don’t want to believe us but because of everything you have likely learned of beauty journalism. When I posted a Q&A on Instagram a few months ago, I was totally taken aback by how many people asked me what products I actually like. It would seem as though our content on social media is deemed somewhat more authentic than the online stories we write for our day jobs.
And this got me thinking. In order to truly convince you that we really do believe every ounce of what we preach, I’d let you go where no one has gone before, lifting the curtain on exactly what we beauty editors talk about behind closed doors, from skincare to makeup. After all, what more relevant beauty tips can there possibly be than the ones that we share amongst ourselves?
Luckily, some of the best beauty editors in the business have a WhatsApp group where we not only talk work but also share some of the Instagram DMs we receive asking for advice. It allows us to reach out to one another and give people the most balanced, unbiased advice that we possibly can. So I have spent many hours scrolling through our conversations in a bid to round up the very best beauty-editor tips we have shared. Brace yourselves—we don’t hold back.
This might come as a real shock to most people, but your skin really doesn’t need a separate moisturiser for the day and night. In fact, our skin doesn’t have the ability to know what time of the day it is at all. General beauty-editor consensus is that you only need a separate moisturiser if your skin is asking for one. “Some nights I can put on a balm, and the next morning I have a huge breakout. Other nights my skin looks glowing for it. It’s all about judging what your skin needs,” says Zoe Cripps, deputy beauty editor at OK! magazine.
The caveat to this rule comes down to active ingredients. “Unless there are actives that are advised to use only at night, then your daily cream will work just fine, but people are obsessed with this ‘day’ and ‘night’ language,” muses George Driver, acting beauty director at Elle UK.
While you shouldn’t apply moisturisers or products that contain retinol or acids in the morning and SPF or vitamin C at night, providing your moisturiser is clear from such active ingredients, it will be sufficient for both. “I like a night product with actives because my skin is always trying to get spotty. I very much stick to protection and hydration during the day and clarifying at night,” reveals Madeleine Spencer, freelance beauty journalist, makeup artist and podcaster.
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Some of her most-asked questions on Instagram, she reveals, are around texture-release treatments. “I always get asked about texture-release treatments," she says. And while she does admit texture release isn't for everyone, she does say it has impressive results: “It’s the least damaging keratin style treatment for Afro/super-thick and curly hair. If you have a ton of heat damage that’s irreversible, a stylist might not do it on your hair because it is still a chemical treatment. But it’s semi-permanent and is great for transitioning from relaxed to natural. It’s good for smoothing your hair if you want a quicker, less heat-heavy washday.”
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