Vogue
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:16:03 GMT | By Vidhya Bhat

Eight bad beauty habits to break now

While you might never go to bed with make up on (stop it if you do) there are still a handful of beauty routines that might be keeping you from being your absolute best. We picked eight such beauty habits that can wreck havoc on an otherwise pretty you. If you find yourself guilty of any of the below, we have tips on how to get around it.


Eight bad beauty habits to break now

Using dirty makeup brushes

Clean makeup brushes not only make makeup application better but safer. Wash brushes that are used to apply creamy or liquid products like cream blushes and foundations at least once every three days. It is easy for bacteria to grown on damp brushes than on ones used to apply powder based products. Wash your brushes with a brush cleanser like the Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser and lay them on a flat surface to dry. Always store brushes in a ziploc bag. You don't want dust to settle on your makeup brushes by leaving them out in an open jar.

Over-exfoliating

Clean polished skin is great but are you over doing it ? Too much scrubbing rids your skin of its natural oils, making your skin go into a protective mode and produce excess oil, which in turn could result in acne. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub like Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser twice a week. The scrub must not cause any redness or inflammation. Skip on exfoliation if you use glycolic acid based products.

Over-moisturizing

A decadent creamy moisturizer seems like just the thing to pamper your skin with. But buttery creams are notorious for blocking your pores and keeps your skin from breathing. Blocked pores result in acne, black heads and irritated skin. Instead go for water based moisturizers that leave your skin feeling light and comfortable as oppose to suffocated and heavy. We like Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Hydrating Serum.

Tweezer friendly

If a confident you has taken to managing your brows on your own, remember to handle the tweezers sparingly. Step back at least one feet from your mirror while tweezing so you get a better picture of your face and the position of your brows with respect to your face. With a close up magnifying mirror, it is easy to over tweeze and the end result is not pretty. The same works while filling your brows. Stand away from the mirror so you are not left with the infamous chola brows.

Blowing on your brushes to remove excess product

Blowing the excess powder off your brush is an absolute no-no. Remember you are loading your brush with bacteria and saliva from your mouth while doing so. Instead tap the brush a couple of times to get rid of excess product before applying it on your face.

Using products past their expiry date

Clinging onto the shocking pink lipstick from high school might make for a great memory in the tube but not on your lips. Do not use products beyond their expiry date. One risks skin infection and allergies by doing so. As a general rule, mascaras have the shortest life span. Replace them every three months. Creamy, gel and liquid products last a year and powder based products are good to use for a couple of years. Eyeliner pencils if sharpened before use can last well up to two years.

Over-conditioning

A conditioner if used right leaves your hair soft and silk like. But, its easy to get generous with the conditioner. Use a dollop of the conditioner and spread it from the middle of your hair to the ends. Do not condition the roots. They are drenched in natural oils from the scalp and conditioning them leaves your hair looking flat.

Wet hair mistakes

Rubbing your wet hair with a towel is an easy recipe for poof-y frizzy hair. Instead wrap a dry towel around your hair and pat gently so the towel soaks up extra water. To rid your damp hair of tangles, always use a wide tooth comb. Reach for a detangling spray if your hair is curly. Never introduce your wet hair to a hair brush, the bristles tangle your hair and might pull out many a few strands.

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