5 ways to make your beauty products work harder

Want to make sure you’re wringing every last drop from your beauty bag? Here’s how to do it…

When you’re spending a good deal of time and money on building a beauty routine, you want to be sure that you’re getting the maximum amount of bang for your buck.

However, if you’re just going off the application instructions on the side of the packet, chances are you’re missing a trick or two.

Whether it’s coming up with clever combos, making sure you do your prep-work or upgrading your application tools, there are a host of ways to get more out of your products.

Here’s how you’re going to do it…

1. Add essential oils

Want to get more out of your moisturiser? Essential oils are your friends…

“Simply add a few drops of your desired oil to a plain moisturiser and mix well,” advises medical herbalist Pamela Spence.

“Blue chamomile made from German chamomile flowers is the best at reducing redness and irritation,” she explains.

“Or try combining rose absolut with rose geranium, which is great for broken veins.”

Whichever combo you go for, it’s worth taking a little extra care during the blending process.

Dr. Spence recommends whipping the moisturiser with a metal spoon to make it feel even more light and airy when you apply.

2. Get familiar with capsules

Want to make sure you’re wringing every drop of potency from your skincare? Capsules are definitely the way to go.

Individually sealed as handy, one-use doses, capsules make sure your serum remains unblemished by light, air and heat, which means the active ingredients remain in peak condition.

They’re also super-efficient, meaning you only use what you need with each application, and know that the product is specifically targeted to a certain purpose.

Boasting more than 30 years of experience in encapsulated technology, Elizabeth Arden is your go-to destination for all your capsule needs.

For example their new Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum gives you a concentrated dose of hydration in a single capsule. 

The capsules are biodegradable, can dissolve in water and are 100% vegetable and mineral-based, which means each single-dose capsule is more pure and friendly to the planet.

Blending hyaluronic acid with ceramides with ginger extract and emollient oils, they deliver immediate hydration, without any wastage.

“Combining hyaluronic acid with ceramides is genius because it locks in the plumping and hydrating benefits of the former,” says dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman.

“Sometimes hyaluronic acid can feel tacky on skin and actually leave it feeling drier because it’s been attracted back into the atmosphere, which is why encapsulating with ceramides works so well.” 

3. Optimise your application

In many cases, tweaking the way you apply your product can make all the difference.

“Many people know about the benefits of putting coconut oil on your hair,” says Pamela Spence.

“But did you know that if you heat the oil first it will work better?”

Warming the oil not only makes it easier to apply - it also opens the hair cuticles, which allows the molecules to penetrate the hair, for a better moisturising effect.

Then when it comes to cleansers, Dr. Ross Perry recommends applying to a face cloth, rather than directly into your hands.

“The pads of our fingers are too soft to really penetrate the dead skin cells, whereas a face cloth will also work as an exfoliator loosening and de-clogging the pores in the process.”

You also tend to use less that way too. Win-win.

4. Prep your skin

When it comes to skincare, making sure the surface area is properly prepped will reap dividends.

“I always use a face mist to help other skincare products sink in,” says beauty expert Lauren Maybank.

“It’s not only cooling and hydrating, but will also help refresh your makeup.”

And while it might sound obvious, the most important thing you can do is make sure to properly clean your skin before adding your products.

“I recommend double cleansing on a daily basis,” says facialist Lisa Franklin. “Give yourself time in the evening to ensure you remove all of the day’s build-up.”

Take care of your makeup with an oil-based cleanser first - Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil is great for removing makeup, even waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and dissolving impurities from skin -  then gently wash to purify and deep clean skin.

“Your skincare products will work much harder once the skin has been properly cleansed.” 

5. Check your storage

If you find that your products aren’t as effective over time, it might be the case that you’re not storing them properly.

For example, if you’ve shoved them all in a drawer next to the radiator, you can expect diminished lifespans across even the most durable products.

“For longevity of skincare products, keep them at a constant temperature and a place where it doesn’t get too hot,” says Dr. Ross Perry.

“The ingredients will last longer and provide an overall better shelf-life.”

It’s not all about longevity, either - some products will work much more effectively if you keep them in specific conditions.

“Store eye creams in the fridge,” suggests Dr. Perry.

“The cold constricts blood vessels, which therefore reduces swelling. Suddenly you have a much more effective product.”

Supercharge your skincare routine with the new Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum. Blending hyaluronic acid with ceramides, ginger extract and emollient oils, each capsule is formulated with Elizabeth Arden’s famed Zero H2O Technology™, which allows for delivery up to four time deeper* into the skin’s surface layer, with 96% of women seeing visibly plumper skin.** 

Based on the smallest molecular weight of Elizabeth Arden hyaluronic acid versus traditional hyaluronic acid. Extrapolated calculations based on published articles and molecular weight of hyaluronic acid.
Consumer study, 55 women after 4 weeks.