Boost your Beauty I.Q.

Article written by Sophia Smith


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Having high beauty IQ score means knowing the essentials of proper skin care. Finding an optimal skincare routine for your skin type and condition might seem like a rocky road but it really isn’t that hard. Some of the wisdom comes from experience and years of experimenting, but you can always take a few shortcuts by putting just a little more effort into understanding how cosmetics and makeup work.

You already know reading the labels and learning a bit of the chemistry language is a must. Besides, determining your skin type and choosing the products in accordance with it is certainly a way to boost your beauty IQ, not to mention cleaning up your diet and remembering to wear sunscreen all the time.

Those are the basics of proper skincare but beauty industry and technologies are in constant development so you might need to take your cosmetic knowledge to a next level. Relatively new trends and practices need your attention, too, so here’s what you should know about organic, mineral, and minimalist skincare.

Organic cosmetics

If you ever considered purchasing an organic skincare product, you must have been dazzled by all those labels, saying a product is organic, natural, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and so on. That’s why learning what each of these means is the first step.

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A term natural has been loosely interpreted by marketers and it can mean there are a few natural ingredients in the product – the rest might be synthetic. Once again, reading labels is a necessity. A non-toxic label means that a product doesn’t contain the ingredients that have been linked to toxic response in humans. Hypoallergenic products are supposed to cause fewer allergic reactions but that’s also loosely interpreted term.

Finally, organic means that all or almost all ingredients are grown and processed with no pesticides, fertilizers, nor genetically modified organisms. It’s highly regulated by law and a label should certify a truly organic product. Organic skincare is safe and gentle for your skin. It actually covers all of the other labels since it truly is natural, non-toxic, and, therefore, hypoallergenic.

Mineral cosmetics

Mineral cosmetic is somewhat different from traditional makeup since it’s made of compressed minerals. What’s so revolutionizing in this is the lack of oil and wax additives making it far more suitable for women with sensitive skin and skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. Besides, it doesn’t aggravate skin prone to acnes simply because it doesn’t contain oils.


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It’s perfect for products such as foundation, blush, eye shadows, etc. but it won’t replace a moisturizer or anti-aging serum. Experts claim it’s impossible to create a liquid product, such as foundation with all natural, mineral ingredients. So, if you’ve come across a product like that labelled with mineral, make sure you check out the ingredient list thoroughly. The best way to be sure is to check out natural makeup online before making the decision to purchase it.

In conclusion, mineral cosmetic is great, especially for sensitive skin but there are some limitations you should be aware of.



Minimalist skincare

A minimalist approach to skincare is not so much about ingredient as it is about finding a perfect skincare routine with just a few basic products. Of course, you should opt for non-harmful, natural beauty products whenever possible but minimalist skincare is primarily about finding a product that suits you best and sticking to it. It’s a new trend of looking natural and feeling light.

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Minimalist skincare is there to save you time and money – there’s no need to buy tons of different products and your makeup routine will take a minimal amount of time. Maintaining a simple routine will protect your skin from being overloaded with products. The basic skincare remains unchanged, though – you still need to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and wear SPF regularly. Anything beyond that is optional. As for makeup – it’s really up to you. Streamline and experiment – soon you’ll be able to find your perfect minimalist makeup routine.

High beauty IQ score is not a destination – it’s a journey. Only by constant learning about new skincare trends, you’ll be able to keep up with findings and technologies and choose only the best for your skin.

Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is also very passionate about organic beauty products and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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  • badger1899 November 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    It is so interesting to see this blog evolving, and having different authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this article by Sophia Smith, and I learned a lot! Myself, I love to use skincare products from Decleor. They are very soothing for my sensitive skin, and I’m not as red as I used to be. However, they are expensive, so I always wait and get them on sale, or i Christmas kits.

    • beauty90 November 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

      She’s definitely an awesome writer. I’ve had her on here twice and thoroughly enjoy working with her 🙂

      • Badger1899 November 24, 2016 at 3:48 am

        Yeah, I think she is awesome too!

  • Scotty Does Know Good December 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Sending this post to every woman in my life haha

    • beauty90 December 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      haha awesome!! thanks for checking that out :))

  • Anonymous December 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Just having a sneaky peek at your blog.. love it Wiz X.

    • beauty90 December 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

      well thank you for checking it out!! If you have any post suggestions please leave them for me 🙂

  • rodneybarlow December 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Wealth of knowledge – thanks for sharing that article.


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