Skincare, makeup, and hair products you need to declutter according to the pros: Toners, glitter mists, body oil, etc

Skincare, makeup, and hair products you need to declutter according to the pros: Toners, glitter mists, body oil, etc

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @overglowedit

How many lipsticks do you own? Or shampoos, serums, and liners, for that matter? Widely regarded as an innocuous question to most, it is one known to strike fear within members of the beauty cognoscente. Daunting as a towering pile of *cough* clutter might be, acknowledging it forces us to confront our (many) poor purchasing decisions in 2019. Sure, it's tempting to wallow in self-pity — while you mourne your bank balance — it's best to look to the future, and make better choices in the next year. To help you with that, we've enlisted the help of big names within the sphere to drop some wise words of wisdom. Below, the beauty products you need to ditch already according to a top dermatologist, blogger, and Buro. Singapore's very own Fashion and Beauty Editor.

Cheryl, multi-award winning beauty blogger

"I think I'll probably declutter anything with overly-large glitter particles in it. Not the fine, easily-blended types you see in highlighters and eyeshadow palettes, but rather, the ones you see in body oils, hair sprays, and mists. As pretty as OTT glitter looks, it's not something I'd wear on a daily basis — and it's impossible to remove once it gets on my clothes. Plus, let's not forget glitter is made of plastic and is not all too kind on the environment either. I'll also be tossing out anything containing high levels of alcohol. My ageing skin can't handle any more of these astringent formulas, ya know?"


Dr Teo Wan Lin, dermatologist and founder of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre

"One of the key things I would take out of most women's skincare regimes is toner. Toners are essentially astringent solutions containing alcohol and salicylic acid, which can be very irritating for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types. And this includes moisturising toners, mind. Those tend to create a diffusion barrier, which draws water away from the surface of skin rather than hydrate.

You see, toners were originally recommended for people with extremely oily skin, or for those suffering from acne and congested pores. However, there are now much more effective measures to reduce oil production, such as with lasers, oral medication, and using an appropriate moisturiser. The use of an astringent, on the other hand, will create a paradoxical effect known as reactive seborrhoea whereby even more oil is produced by the skin as a response to its drying effects."

Jolene Khor, fashion and beauty editor

"I have an extreme personality; I either give the show Hoarders a good name, or I throw so much out, I send even my favourites down the garbage chute. This year-end, I attempt to find the balance between my Jekyll and Hyde by starting with the obvious. First, I will get rid of lip products (lipsticks, lip glosses, and the like) that I've been keeping for years out of love — of packaging and of formula. I know, that's just nasty. Next, I will bid a painful adieu to my favourite eyeshadows that I dropped and cracked. I always think I'm going to use them, but I don't because to do my job well, I'm constantly testing new products and the defects are often forgotten. And finally, I look forward to donating all the hotel shampoos, toothbrushes, shower caps, and the like I used to bring home from abroad, thinking I might need them for my next work trip or personal holiday. Here's the thing: I never do. To the Salvation Army, they go!"

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