10 Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch Right Now

Having the best products is not enough; you must also stop all your bad beauty habits. To have beautiful skin, you have to take care of it properly. Let’s start paying attention to the little things that could greatly improve the appearance of our skin.

And even if you are careful not to smoke or drink alcohol in moderation, there are probably still mistakes that you make every day without realizing it can cause quite a bit of damage to your skin. 

From an unwashed pillowcase to neglected makeup removal, discover the actions that are bad for your skin. Which of these are you guilty of?

1. Washing Your Face Too Often

When you have pimples or oily skin, it is often thought that the best solution to get rid of these ailments would be to wash your face frequently. Well, the reality is it is quite the opposite! 

Cleansing your face too often is seen as damaging to the skin, which as a result will produce an excessive amount of sebum which will cause pimples and even more oily skin!

2. Using Expired Makeup Products

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Another thing that we don’t necessarily know: cosmetics have a lifespan. Mascara: maximum three months, lipstick: one year, powder: one year, gloss: maximum three months, skincare: one year, nail polish: one to two years, pencils: one to two years. 

After these dates, the product may be inhabited by bacteria and, therefore, a source of irritation. Also, with heat, humidity, and ambient air, makeup can deteriorate faster than expected. An unusual smell or texture? Toss it in the garbage! Each product displays an expiration date with a large M which means month.

3. Sleeping With Your Makeup

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Repeatedly forgetting comes with its consequences because it is not only the makeup that is allowed to become encrusted in the skin’s pores. During the day, dust and pollution accumulate on the face. So even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s essential to cleanse your skin before bed. 

Also, nocturnal cell regeneration is slowed down, which leads to premature aging of the skin. In any case, careful makeup removal is the most effective asset for fresh-looking skin, well before applying the most sophisticated creams.

4. Over Processing Your Hair

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Bleaching, dyeing, perming, heat styling, and more can damage your strands. Yes, doing these makes your hair look and feel good, but the damage it does to your hair when done too frequently may sometimes not be reversible.

Over-processing the hair breaks down the hair’s protein structure, which causes breakage, split ends, and a dull look.

5. Rubbing Your Face With Towels

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It may seem stupid, but how many of you wipe their faces by rubbing the towel? To avoid accentuating the skin’s sensitivity and the onset of annoying imperfections, it is good to dab it gently and not rub it.

It is also essential to preferably use washcloths or micro cotton towels on the face. And crucially, you need to change your towels regularly because wet towels are a natural breeding ground for bacteria.

6. Not Frequently Changing Your Pillowcase

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You can’t imagine what you would find on your pillowcase if you looked at it through a microscope. Between the sebum that runs off your skin, the dead cells that fall off, the bacteria, and the moisturizers that rub against the fabric, your pillowcase is a nest of dirt. And you stick your face on it every night. 

It is therefore recommended to change your pillowcase at least once a week, at best twice. Use materials like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton rather than plain cotton if you can.

7. Popping Your Pimples

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If the temptation to pop a pimple is great, it is totally inadvisable. This can make the problem worse! In addition to the bacteria that may be present on your hands when you pierce the pimple, the pimple is filled with them. 

By attacking it, you risk releasing pus and germs on your healthy skin. This may result in the formation of other pimples. Also, be aware that the skin can react badly to the popping, and you can have a scar. Hence, dermatologists also recommend not to touch them!

8. Not Washing Makeup Brushes

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We do not think enough about washing our makeup brushes. Yet, they are natural nests of cosmetic residues and impurities (dead cells, sebum, pollution) accumulated overuse, thus promoting bacteria’s multiplication. 

Unless you want to end up with clogged pores, pimples, or even infections, it’s necessary to clean or wash your makeup brushes at least once a week.

9. Over Washing Your Hair

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When you have hair that greases quickly, you are tempted to wash it frequently. But this only contributes to reinforcing the phenomenon. The massage and the daily use of cleansing agents, often a little stripping, excite the scalp’s sebaceous glands, which produce even more sebum. 

So it’s a vicious circle. It is, therefore, preferable to go back to shampooing every two or three days, even if it means rinsing them without washing in the meantime. You can also slow down the cycle with the occasional use of dry shampoos.

10. Biting Your Nails

The best way to peel your nail polish, but above all, damage your nails, is surely to bite them, whether it is an uncontrollable tic or a mania in case of stress. 

The main thing is to protect your nails with treatment. The most addicted can opt for bitter varnish to do without the urge to taste it.

Written By:
Titi Dokubo

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