All of us form habits surrounding our primping and pruning that allow us to start and end the day with our eyes closed, like a well rehearsed ritual (especially necessary on Mondays!). The problem with habits is that every good one has an evil twin, which is always the hardest to get rid of.
Read on to discover 6 reasons why its time to kick a few of your old beauty habits to the curb!
Bad Beauty Habit #1 – Ignoring skincare application instructions
Everyone loves quick and easy fool-proof products, but with certain skincare it pays to read the way the manufacturer intended you to use it.
The application of a multi step skin care regime is usually designed in a specific order to allow all of the ingredients to work to their full potential. For example, if you apply a moisturiser before a serum, the serum may be unable to penetrate to the deeper layer of the skin because the moisturiser is blocking it from absorbing.
There are also ingredients that are time specific, such as Vitamin A. As it may make the skin sensitive to sunlight, it should always be applied at night so as to avoid the skin burning during the day. Ignoring application instructions could be the underlying reason for the next bad habit.
Bad Beauty Habit #2 – Treating redness by covering it up
Redness is usually a sign of inflammation and irritation. By simply covering it up with thick concealer, you are hiding a symptom of an underlying problem.
Redness of the face may be due to several factors including certain medications, the environment you live in or chronic use of bad quality skin care. You may also be suffering from a chronic skin condition called rosacea, which can worsen over time if left untreated.
Seeing a skin specialist could help to get to the bottom of your redness and lessen your need to cover up altogether.
Bad Beauty Habit #3 – Washing your face directly under the shower
Direct contact with hot water, under high pressure can create flushing, irritation and broken capillaries that contribute to chronic facial redness. Either face away from the shower and rinse off your cleanser with your hands or decrease the water temperature and pressure whilst washing your face. If you think you will struggle to resist this habit in the shower, wash your face at the basin beforehand.
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Bad Beauty Habit #4 – Fiddling with your face
Plain and simple, even if you’re a clean freak, your hands are a vehicle for all kinds of germs. Every time you touch your facial skin you are transferring dirt and oils straight to its surface.
You should avoid squeezing spots and picking blemishes as this delays the healing time and can lead to inflammation or mild infection. Inflammation of spots may also lead to scarring and pigmentation, so hands off!
Bad Beauty Habit # 5 – Taking too many selfies
Thanks to the Kardashians, it seems the most common selfie pose these days is the duck face. Every time you effectively become a beautiful duck, you are also contributing to permanent lines around the lips, much the same as ‘smoker’s lines’.
Many of the age lines that appear in the lower face are from habitual muscle memory that you may develop when you don’t even realise it; say when you are concentrating. The chin is a probably the worst offender for this habit.
You know that ‘witchy’ crease that forms under the lower lip and that unsightly dimpled orange-peel texture on your chin that can worsen as you age? Both culprits are from repeatedly strong muscle actions in the lower face. Everyone relax and say ‘aah’.
Bad Beauty Habit # 6 – Sharing Lipstick
You share your deepest thoughts and secrets, but even with your bestie, it’s usually best to keep your lipstick to yourself. Even if you can’t see it, the virus that causes cold sores can lay sleeping in the lip tissue of even the sweetest of pouts.
The virus can be active even if there are no obvious symptoms or broken skin and transferred from A to B through the lipstick. For those of you who still trust the tester lipstick in the cosmetic department, it’s like having a Russian Roulette snog fest.
Are you guilty of any bad beauty habits? Confess in the comments below!
About the author: Bridie Walsh is a fashion, beauty, and pop culture enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of the medical-cosmetic industry. She believes that art in its many forms should always be streamlined with life.