June 4, 2013

6 of the Worst Beauty Habits We’re All Guilty Of, Yes You


Falling Asleep with Makeup On

We’ve all had those nights. You get in really late and plop right down on the bed with no energy left to wash your face. We get it, but it’s not good for your skin and you know it! The beauty products on your skin build up in your pores and can cause breakouts. So how can you break this bad habit? Try cleansing wipes. They’ll be your new best friend. Of course it’s better to wash your face with an invigorating cleanser, but on those night when you just don’t have the willpower, wipe your skin down with cleansing and makeup removing towelette.

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Popping Pimples

Whiteheads. You don’t have to tell me, I know, they’re awful! I will admit, there’s a right and a wrong way to pop a pimple, but it’s best to really leave them alone. Popping pimples can cause scarring, and the oil from your hands can lead to even more acne. Instead of treating the aftermath, take care of your skin on a daily basis. Wash your face at night, and let your face go makeup-free at least one day a week. Clean your makeup brushes and use SPF daily. Be kind to your skin and maybe it will be kind to you.

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Biting Your Nails and Lips

If you deal with nail or lip biting, this might be one of the hardest of the bad beauty habits to break. Everybody is different, so one solution might not work for everybody. For nail biters, try keeping your nails painted or painting them with a harsh-tasting polish to help. Or try giving yourself an incentive. “If I don’t bite my nails all week, I’ll buy myself the brand new OPI polish I’ve been wanting to try.” Now for your lip biters…The skin on your lips is delicate. Unconsciously biting or licking your lips makes them dryer, chapped and sometimes even split. Instead keep on hand a delicious lip balm, and apply whenever you feel your lips need a moisturizer.

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Abusing Your Cuticles

The strip of skin that appears at the base of each fingernail and toenail, called the cuticle, is sealing the spot where your nails connect to your body. Cutting your cuticles can cause the overall condition of your fingers and hands to deteriorate, and overworking them may cause some seriously painful infections. If you’re not a licensed nail technician, and you don’t properly know how to cut your cuticles, it’s easy to get carried away. You should never cut all of the cuticle away. Use the corner of a towel to push them back, and try using a gentle cuticle minimizer with conditioning vitamin E.

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Using Old Makeup – Sharing Makeup

Little did you know, makeup does have an expiration date. It will begin to perform poorly past its suggested use-by date, and it also contains bacteria which can lead to skin irritation and even infections in the case of eye makeup. On that note, one of the easiest ways to spread germs and infections is by sharing makeup. Your friend’s eye pencil can be carrying conjunctivitis, a.k.a. “pink eye.” The herpes simplex virus can also be picked up this way. Makeup artists should always carry disposable applicators for EVERYTHING.

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Heat-Styling Your Hair Too Often

You really should give your hair a rest and go au natural at least two days a week, but if you can’t break the bad habit of blow drying daily, make sure and use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to revive your hair with those essential nutrients. And before you even think about getting a hair dryer or straightener anywhere near those follicles, use a thermal protecting spray to protect your hair from any permanent damage.

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