Beauty advice we wish we would have taken

There isn’t one woman out
there who hasn’t experienced some kind of beauty disaster. It happens to the
best of us. Sometimes it’s a result of making the wrong choices such as
following an unflattering trend, using the wrong products, or just waiting too
long to take care of a skin or hair problem.
Here are nine beauty tips we
wish we had listened to, along with what happens when you don’t. But, every
problem has a solution! How many of these faux pas are you guilty of?
Botox early
Many people wait to get Botox
until they already have wrinkles, but if you start using Botox while you’re
young, it can actually be a preventive measure. I spoke with Dr. Sal Nadkarni,
a Los Angeles based internist and Botox expert, who revealed, “Forehead
wrinkles, frown lines between your eyebrows, and crow’s feet lines on the side
of your eyes are all caused by repetitive movement of facial muscles. The more
you move those facial muscles, the greater chance of lines and wrinkles to form
at a younger age.”
He further explained how the
drug works, “Botox will prevent those wrinkles caused by expressions made
by repetitive movement of facial muscles. So if you tend to be an expressive
person who talks with your face, Botox at a younger age will certainly help
prevent early onset of those wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.”
But Botox isn’t a cure-all for
every wrinkle, as Dr. Nadkarni warned, “Botox will not prevent wrinkles
caused by sun damage.” So, start Botox early to keep your skin looking
younger as you get older.
a doctor about excessive underarm sweating
Nothing looks less pretty than
soaking wet armpits. But excessive underarm sweating isn’t only embarrassing,
it can actually stain your clothing. But, so many people ignore this problem
because other than applying an antiperspirant, they don’t know there’s a better
It turns out excessive
sweating under the arms is a medical condition called severe primary axillary
hyperhidrosis. Dr. Sal Nadkarni explained to me that, “Topical medications
are available to treat the condition, but most work very poorly to control the
excessive sweating. So for years, most people just dealt with the condition by
having to grin and bear it. But, now there’s a solution to that embarrassing
underarm wetness,” he says, “Botox injected into the armpit area can
control the excessive underarm sweating with amazing effectiveness for about
six to seven months.” This means a twice-yearly trip to the doctor for
Botox injections can provide much needed relief. Problem solved!
Sunscreen not only prevents
your skin from burning, it also minimizes aging. Dr. Gary Goldenberg, a
dermatologist in New York, told me, “Sun exposure is one of the major
driving forces for aging.” He elaborated on the consequences of skipping
sunscreen, saying, “[The] Skin’s surface becomes mottled and unevenly
pigmented — with brown and red spots (called poikiloderma), hyperpigmentation
from freckles and photoaging, and melasma (related to sun exposure and
hormones). In the dermis, UV exposure causes collagen and elastin fibers to
become thinner and in many cases decrease in number and quality. This causes
the skin to become dull, loose, and sunken. [Thinning] the subcutaneous fat, UV
causes tissue to atrophy, producing loss of volume and normal youthful contour
of the face.”
If this doesn’t sound like
enough incentive to slather on the sunscreen, Dr. Goldenberg also warned,
“In addition to all these changes, chronic sun exposure is the major
driving force behind cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions — these growths look
unsightly and their removal may leave scars behind.”
to the pros

Lots of women color their hair
at home because it’s less expensive and more convenient than going to a salon.
But, this doesn’t always lead to the best results. You risk choosing the wrong
color, applying it incorrectly, or leaving it on for too brief a time — or
worse — way too long.
According to Chelsea Smith,
lead colorist for Madison Reed, one of the reasons why home color goes wrong is
because women try to make overly ambitious changes. She told me, “Keep it
simple! At-home hair color is ideal for touching up grays or going two to three
shades darker. It lends multi-dimensional depth and can enhance your natural
hair hue with gorgeous warm or cool tones. You can go lighter as well, about
1-2 levels, before needing a more professional touch.”
The Madison Reed hair color
brand provides professional help to people coloring their hair at home, through
access to licensed, certified colorists via phone, email and even live chat.
The Color Crew can take you through the entire process from choosing the right
color to applying it. You can even text them pictures!
a root concealer
As a bottle blonde, I know
there is nothing that looks and feels quite as bad as having your roots show.
But, just because you need a touch-up doesn’t mean you have to look like it.
All you need to do is use Style Edit. Style Edit is a root concealer that is
made in several shades of blonde, brunette and red, available in both a liquid
spray and powder form, which washes out with your regular shampoo.
I spoke with Miguel Corvalan,
Style Edit’s artistic director. He explained to me that the product is
“perfect for any woman who colors her hair and gets root growth between
color services. Style Edit’s products are free of harsh chemicals and can be
used as often as needed.” He added, “[It is the] fastest and easiest
way to cover roots instantly [and] the self adjusting pigments adjust to any
hair color.” Now that you know how to cover those roots in seconds,
there’s no reason to show your true color, grays, or roots anymore.
acne from the inside out

For acne sufferers, a first
line of defense is often topical cream purchased from a drugstore or prescribed
by a doctor. But it’s not always the best option, especially for people with
sensitive skin. The FDA has declared that many of these products have
unpleasant side affects including redness, burning, dryness, itching, peeling
and possibly even slight swelling. You might clear up your acne, but you’ll end
up with an entirely new set of skin issues.
Colette Widrin, licensed acupuncturist,
clinical herbalist, and founder of Balance Blends told me what causes acne and
how she believes is the best way to treat it, “Acne is a complex issue
that involves many physical and non-physical factors. [It] is mostly genetic
and common in teenagers, but adults usually experience flare-ups related to
stress or occasional hormonal activity. Stress, hormones and food are chief
influencers as they have the ability to manifest toxins that contribute to
development of acne.”
She also illustrated the role
stress can play in the development of acne, “When stress rises or hormonal
activity shifts, the skin tends to produce more of the oily, waxy substance
known as sebum. This “oil” is basically food for acne-causing
bacteria.” Widrin’s Acne Be Gone formula contains a blend of vitamins and
Chinese herbs, which balance the liver, clear bacteria, as well as dampness
(aka whiteheads). Sometimes controlling acne isn’t a matter of what you put on
your face, but rather what you put into your body.
just follow the trends
Even beautiful people make bad
beauty decisions. Actress-model Caitlin O’Conner confessed to me, “Back in
high school, I regret perming my hair and leaving my bangs straight. It was a
bad look!”
But, it doesn’t have to be
this way. Celeb hairstylist Anthony Pazos shared his secrets for finding the
right look, telling me, “Most times people want to follow the crowd but
just because they saw their favorite starlet wearing a cute color or cut
doesn’t mean that it will suit them…Usually what tends to be trendy like ombré
color for example, won’t necessarily be perfect for each person. If you ever
regret doing something beauty-related it’s always because of two things: you
rushed to get it done without researching, or your artist that did it just plan
Not afraid to get real, Pazos
dished a real solution, “Don’t make bad decisions on a whim…Pay money for
a licensed professional who has a great track record [to] take you to the
desired beauty result. Just because blond looked great on your friend doesn’t
mean blond will look good on you. These mistakes can be avoided by spending the
time to research.”
Blogger and influencer
Angelica Monique wishes she would have been more conservative when it came to
eyebrow tweezing. “My biggest beauty mistake would have to be over
plucking my brows till they were super thin and had gaps where patches of hair
were missing,” she says. “It got so bad that when I filled them in
using a pencil, it looked like I had just drawn a line with crayon or a
felt-tip pen. It was horrible and super embarrassing. As much as I’d like to
pretend that was years ago…I’m pretty sure that was just last year.”
Monique definitely learned her
lesson, “It took like four months to grow back completely, because I
wanted to reshape them and for them to be fuller. It was a tough four months
because I had to keep myself from plucking entire brow area, which was super
get too matchy
Los Angeles based celeb
stylist, Ali Levine, has done a lot of damage control, preventing her clients
from being on the worst-dressed list and slaying the best-dressed list instead.
While she tries to listen to what they want, sometimes Levine just has to step
in when there is a style disaster impending. A big recurring problem? Sometimes
you can have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to color.
She broke it down, sharing
this ever-important fashion tip, “Matching your makeup to your outfit,
that’s a no-no. I’m cool with you matching your lips to your dress, but not
your entire palette to your outfit. As a stylist, I try to always help and
inspire my clients, buy that’s a no-no when they try to do it. Sometimes
there’s a thing as too matchy matchy.”
make the same mistake twice
From influencers to models,
there is not one person who hasn’t made a beauty mistake. But just because
you’ve done it in the past, doesn’t mean you have to continue in the future.
The best beauty advice is to
spend time really thinking about what looks best on you. Always be diligent
when applying a product, especially when you are trying something new, whether
it is makeup or hair color. And if you aren’t sure, don’t be afraid to ask for
professional help. Your true beauty will be shining through in no time!
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.