be a real babe

Posted by: smilie on 09/05/2005 - 07:04 PM

• Keep your skincare routine simple. "Find out your skin type and then work out what is absolutely essential to care for and nourish your skin," recommends Bourke. "Toners are only needed if you have any oil flow, otherwise they're a luxury. Instead of day and night creams - buy a serum then use the cream over the top both day and night."

• Use soap-free products to prevent skin drying out. "Buy a soap-free body cleanser and use it in the bath or shower with a cleansing sponge."

• Make sure you always wear a low-irritant sunscreen and a hat when you're outside. "Children's sunblock is perfect for protecting sensitive skin," says Bourke. "Apply it at least 20 minutes before leaving the house for maximum protection."

• Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. "Everyone with children usually leaves the beach in time for lunch or sleep time because the sun is too strong," says Bourke. "It's a good habit to adopt to protect skin from the hottest part of the day."

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Copying her kids hair care routine has become second nature to Susie Sumner, owner of Junior Hairfashion in Sydney. Not only is it gentler on her hair, it means they can all get out of the house quicker. Here's some hair-friendly advice...

• Avoid using too many products. "Not only is it time consuming, it leads to product build-up and colour and styling problems," says Sumner.

• Wear a hat to protect hair. "Parents insist kids wear a hat to protect them from the sun, and adults should do the same to protect hair from drying out and colour fading."

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