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Bad Beauty Habits That Won't Do In 2020

Sonia OBrien

Posted on September 03 2019

Bad Beauty Habits

Most of us haven't even thought about our 2020 New Year's beauty resolutions, yet.  However, like Grandma's used to say, there's no time like the present. With her inspiration in mind, we thought we'd get a jump start on getting rid of some bad beauty habits for the new year.  We ask the experts - you, what are your bad beauty habits and here's how you responded:  

I forget to turn off my curling iron often - Marla S. Williams, Alabama

Did I unplug my straightener? Girl, you're living in the danger zone.  Whether it's the curling iron, fan, space heater, etc., leaving appliances turned on and unattended wastes electricity and potentially cause a fire.  Luckily, with a smart plug, this doesn’t have to happen to you.  A (#ad) good smart plug can be controlled with an App or Alexa/Google and can be turned off anywhere, at anytime.  

 I forget to remove my makeup before bed - Gina A. Martinez, Texas 

When we sleep, our bodies begin working to repair damage to the skin from the sun, pollution, and free radicals. Leaving makeup on during this time interferes with the systematic regenerative repair process, which shed dead cells and cycles them out for new ones.  Not only can this lead to clogged pores and acne, but some studies show sleeping with makeup on can actually age your skin. 

Wipe mascara and eyeliner first, and then wash away the rest and then gently some (#ad)  vitamin C facial cleanser into your face.  

I bite my nails - Mimi C. Garcia, California 

If you have a bad beauty habit of chewing your fingernails, it's time to fight the urge.  Let's face it, biting our nails wreaks havoc on the hands, and it a good way to put lots of germs into your body - real fast.  Yeah, it’s a hard habit to break, but still possible.  First, find out if it's coming from stress, anxiety or a nervous condition or does it trace back to a childhood habit. Either way discovering the root will help you in your process of breaking free.  

I wear too much perfume - Gina G. Russo, New York 

Wearing a nice fragrance is feminine and beautiful — when used in balance and  moderation.  Entering a space in a cloud of fragrance that announces to everyone you've arrived before they even see you is a perfume assault that will not be welcomed.  A fragrance should be a subtle, quiet, yet complement your natural body odor in a way that makes a sophisticated statement. Calm down.  

I pop blackheads - anywhere - Briana Maples, Philadelphia 

Popping blackheads without dealing with the problem will only result in more blackheads.  We're mainly dealing with oily buildup and when we try to force a blockage out of a pore,  we risk skin damage and infection. So, make sure you wash your hands, pop it out and then use a mild astringent or toner to clean.  

I use the blow dryer (or the straightening iron) too much - Wendy Chalk, Minnesota.  

If the blow dryer (or the straightening iron) is your best friend, you may need to a new bestie — or at least have some apart time.  Heat-damaged hair can feel singed, appear extremely split and dull. First, reduce straightening, wash hair, use (#ad) moisturizing protein treatment, use a heat protectant, blow dry damp, not wet hair or go to Youtube and learn how to straighten your hair without heat.  

I pluck the gray every week - Mary Aday,  Massachusetts.

Pulling out a gray hair will only get you a new gray hair in its place.  And depending on your scalp pulling grays and mistakenly surrounding hairs can result in hair never growing back in that area.  A better solution is to simply cut it out or visit your regular beauty salon for a quick color treatment or simply leave it alone because having gray these days is cool.  

I forget to wear sunblock - Mya Kim, California 

Using of sunblock, especially on your face, is one of the most essential skincare protection and beauty regimens.  Call it one of the good habits that you're in the bad habit of forgetting.  A good SPF protects skin from the signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and sunspots, and most important, skin cancer.   So, do it for your health first and then your beauty.  To make it simple habit, first buy a facial lotion that doubles as a SPF built in formula and apply every morning.  Set your phone alarm to remind you.  

I don't clean my makeup brushes - Barbara Brown, South Carolina 

Here's a fact: If some of us were to put our makeup brushes under a microscope, it would be a horror movie. The bacteria found in makeup brushes have resulted in a major facial breakouts and even worse, infections.  The good news is you can clean your brushes at least once a week. Here's how:

Follow these seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes:

  1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
  2. Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand.
  3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
  4. Rinse the bristles.
  5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
  6. Reshape the brush head.
  7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.

 I don't change my pillowcase often - Pinky Summers,  Nevada

You may not see or smell the nastiness that's gathering on your pillowcase, but just trust me: it's affecting your skin.  "Excess dirt, oil, sweat and makeup accumulate on your pillowcase everyday, which may harbor bacteria and cause allergies.  It can also cause skin irritation, block pores and cause breakouts.  Experts suggest washing your pillowcase every two day or so. Another hazard to your face is fabric softener and dryer sheets that may leave waxy residue on pillowcases. Try (#ad) Diva Anti-Bacterial Pillow Mist, it promotes clear skin and kills acne causing bacteria.  

I use dull razor blades - Lucy Walters, Vermont 

Most of us are guilty of hanging onto our razors far too long.  According to the experts when shaving your legs or underarms, if there's any tugging, nicking, or rusting, it's a general sign that it's time to change the blade. Generally, experts agree, we should change our razor blades after 3 - 4 uses.    Follow these tips for better health.   

Keep your razor blade sharp by storing it in a dry place after use, which can prevent rusty blades and decrease your chance of a bacterial or fungal infection. It's also important to rinse your razor out thoroughly. If you don't, soap and shaving cream will dry in between the blades, making them dull. 

Just remember: if your razor has been sitting in your shower for six weeks, just toss it. 

I over process my hair  - Jay Conners, New Mexico 

You color, perm, relax, straighten your hair all in the vain of looking beautiful, but what happens when we do it too much!  You get dry, damaged, and brittle hair which is typically the result of all those chemical services; repeated or inappropriate use of heated styling tools; and environmental stressors like the sun, hot water, and even chlorine. Over-processing breaks down the protein (keratin) in the hair, which causes breakage, split ends, and a dull look. Plus it destroys the cuticles, causing frizz and dryness.  

If the above describes your hair, wash your hair with conditioner alone—no shampoo, just a good hair repair conditioner such as (#ad) Moroccan Oil Repair which will help restore your hair to its natural beauty.   Then go to your Salon and have them do a protein treatment.  Find out more about saving over-processed hair

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