When I was at uni I had the pleasure of working for a huge cosmetics company. I absolutely loved it and learned some invaluable tips to get me through my 20’s and ensure my skin was well cared for.  I was thinking of this the other day and wondering to myself, if I have a daughter what beauty tips would I pass down?

Here are a few simple tips that I have found the most useful over the years:

1) Never ever pull or scrape make-up off from your eyes

Too often I see women take their cotton wool or wet wipe and scrape it across their eyes from the middle to the outside.

This sort of action can expedite crows feet as it causes the skin to stretch.

The best thing to do is place the cleanser/make-up remover soaked cotton wool or wet wipe on top of your eye lid. Then using your ring finger just gently apply pressure, then move your finger from left to right in very very small movements so as not to stretch the skin.

Lastly take your wet-wipe / cotton wool and gently wipe the smudged make-up away from under the bottom lid.

2) Always cleanse and moisturise twice a day

I have always preferred to use a foaming cleanser to wash my skin but this is my preference only and is dependent on your skin type. This also eliminates the need for a toner.

Whatever your preference you should try to cleanse and moisturise your skin first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

3) Exfoliate once a week

Use a gentle exfoliator to get rid of any dead skin.  This will allow the moisturiser to penetrate your skin and do its job properly. I have been a bit slack with this lately and have noticed a difference in how my skin feels.

4) Get to know your skin type

It’s important to match the skin care you use with your skin type e.g. I am combination skin so I am oily through my t-zone (across the forehead and down the face through nose to tip of chin) and dry on my cheeks.

I know this because I am prone to breakouts in my T-zone and my cheeks often feel tight. I use a foaming cleanser as this doesn’t strip my skin of moisture but also cleans my oily areas properly.

Knowing your skin type will help to find the right level of moisturiser for you. Using something that isn’t meant for your specific skin type could cause discomfort (from not addressing dryness or dehydration and/or breakouts) e.g. If I use something that is meant for dry skin for too long I suffer a break-out of red lumps over my face.

This is because the heavy moisturiser is adding too much oil to the oily parts of my skin.

5) Read about what is included in your products

Ever since I learned that some of the preservatives they use in skincare have been linked to cancer, I have been extremely conscious about what products I use.

It’s easy to forget that our skin is a living, breathing organ which absorbs whatever we put on it into our bloodstream. I have found a list of the top 12 cosmetic chemicals to avoid here.

Have you shared your beauty tips with your daughter? What tips have you passed on?

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  • I don’t use make up myself, but I’m always telling my daughter you don’t need make up, you’ve got too much on, make sure you take it off before bed. I’ve only just started moisturising myself, but I have said to her she needs to start now so her face doesn’t look like mine at this age


  • I have 3 daughters and they are all older.
    My eldest didnt/doesnt care for makeup but is suddenly seeing that she really needs to care for her skin. After years of nagging her to use sunscreen she is now very much into using spf 50+ on her face every day.
    My 2nd daughter works in the beauty industry so she is very much a beauty addict and loves all the high class brands.
    My 3rd is also a beauty addict and loves her skincare products, always uses sunscreen on her face and takes very good care of her skin.


  • My own mum never had a beauty regime so never taught me anything
    I learnt a lot watching my older sister instead
    But will def take this on board with my own daughter


  • That’s interesting! Thanks for sharing this!


  • Very sensible beauty tips, thanks for sharing.


  • Thanks for the suggestions here. My mum never had a regime that I knew of, hence I didn’t start looking after my skin until after I had kids. My girls are certainly more interested in makeup and fashion than me, so these hints are valid for all of us.


  • My daughter is a bit young for beauty tips, however we love to use Paw Paw ointment on cuts and rashes and as a lip balm.


  • I’m one of 3 girls in my family and I’ve always felt robbed of cosmetic information. My Mum is very low maintenance and doesn’t wear make-up, so no help or tips there. My two sisters have worn make-up since their teens and not once did either of them provide any help or tips on how to do it. My first experience with shaving (because my sisters did it!) was a dry shave on my arms using Dad’s blunt razor. So painful. I was just experimenting and thought I was trying to be like my older sisters. So whilst I don’t have a daughter, I plead with Mums to share some tips with their daughters so they’re not flying blind like I was.


  • Encourage the use of products made from natural substances not those with parabens and other chemicals which can actually cause considerable damage to your skin.


  • Great comments, especially about removing make up from the eyelids. This technique also applies when putting on moisturiser.
    Have shared a few tips with my daughters and sent them to deportment classes for a season so they could learn all about makeup, the way to dress and to walk, etc. It helped me years ago when I attended June Dally-Watkins classes and they said it helped them too.


  • Thank you for the helpful tips.


  • Thanks for the tips,definitely cleanse and moisturise twice a day without a doubt!


  • thanks for the great article!


  • Learned something new today, I didn’t know about removing eye makeup like that.


  • Always buy my girls good quality moisturiser and make up.


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