“Old habits die hard.” This saying holds relevant and true in the world of beauty and makeup. Professionals in the industry, including makeup artists and fashion models know to avoid these beauty mishaps at all costs. However, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in everything and slip into a poor beauty routine. Maybe you got home late one night, too tired to remove your makeup before you dozed off, and suddenly you found yourself sleeping with a face full of makeup on a regular basis. Other times, you might not even realize you’re making these beauty mistakes as they’re already ingrained in your routine. Of course, by being a little more conscientious and making an effort to tweak your lifestyle, you can break the cycle and move away from 8 of the worst beauty habits so you can be looking and feeling prime!
1. Throw Out Old Makeup
Like most products, makeup has a lifespan. Mascara, for example, should be replaced on a 2-3 month cycle, while products like foundation typically last a little longer. Generally, eye products don’t last as long due to the sensitive nature of the eye itself . It’s critical to prevent the introduction of bacteria and other particles into the eye to avoid irritation and other health complications, like conjunctivitis (pink eye). Makeup can get pretty pricey, so the hesitation to chuck out a half used product is understandable, but can be solved by purchasing a smaller or travel size of a product if it is sold, rather than the full size!
2. Never Ever Touch Your Zits
It can sure be tempting to pop a pimple, but quite frankly, it creates more problems than it solves. Depending on the type of acne you suffer from (cystic, hormonal, whiteheads, blackheads), there are various options available out there to effectively and hygienically alleviate your condition. Your best bet is consult your doctor or dermatologist. By popping your own pimples, you may be left with acne scarring and even infections. Check our Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, if pimple extractions give you satisfaction and only if you have a strong stomach.
3. Take Off Your Makeup Before Bed
Your skin deserves a break at the end of the day, and leaving your makeup on at night isn’t allow your skin to breathe! This is often the culprit of clogged pores leading to acne. An easy way to get around this is by leaving a packet of makeup removing towelettes by your bedside, giving you no excuse not to take it off as you don’t even have to walk to the bathroom. Various brands carry makeup wipes, with Simple’s cleansing facial wipes being a popular choice.
4. Make SPF Your New BFF
Sunscreen is not just for hot vacation beach days or when you’re playing soccer in the scorching heat. SPF protection should be a part of your daily routine, and with products like foundation or BB cream containing it, you can definitely kill two birds with one stone. However, these products likely don’t offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays, so it’s a good idea to do some research on the product before you fully commit to it. Broad-spectrum SPF offers protection from both types of rays. UVA rays are ever-present, regardless of the weather, and have recently been attributed to being more damaging than UVB rays which are responsible for sun burns and skin cancer. SPF protection has been proven to help reduce the amount of wrinkles you’ll have later on in life, too.
5. Wash Your Pillow Case
As it’s linked to sleeping with makeup on, an unclean pillow case is often the cause of breakouts and clogged pores. It’s recommended that you wash your pillow case once a week to rid the excess dirt, oil, and makeup product traces.
6. Don’t Over-Exfoliate
It’s a common misconception that exfoliating is good for your skin. Or rather, it is and it isn’t. In moderation, exfoliation can help your skin achieve that flawless glow, while if overdone, it can cause your skin to be red and acne-prone. Limit yourself to exfoliating only once a week for optimum results.
7. Wash Your Makeup Brushes
Again, this is similar to your pillow case hygiene. While washing your makeup brushes can prove to be a bit of a hassle and time consuming, this should definitely be incorporated in your beauty routine, especially if you’re a regular makeup wearer. Ideally, you should be washing your makeup brushes every two weeks, but if you lend your makeup brush to someone else, you should clean your brush before using it again and sterilize the makeup product they used.
8. Don’t Touch Your Face
Think about all of the things you touch throughout your day: the office stapler, the elevator button, the gym equipment that the person ahead you may or may not have properly wiped down… Consider all the people who touched these things before you. So, do you really want to be putting your hands on (or even anywhere near) your face? All the dirt, particles, and other wonderful things that are inevitably on your hands don’t need to be getting transferred onto your face. Your phone screen is also pressed to your cheek when you’re making a call, transferring everything again onto your face. The solution is pretty simple: wash your hands, clean your phone screen, and if you can, use earphones with a microphone to make calls if you have to!
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