The Top Beauty Habits You Should Do Every Night (and a Few You Shouldn’t!)

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We won’t bother to go into all the problems of sleeping with your makeup on or the dangers of popping zits- you’ve been listening to that since high school and you already know all about it. However, let’s take a look at the other ugly little habits that you might have picked up over the years. This would be a good time to break them, don’t you think?

 

1. Working Out in Makeup

OK, we know, you’re busy. So you rush out of work and hit the gym, and say to yourself, “What’s wrong with a little makeup?” Getting in a little sweat time is a good thing, and a good thing for your skin, but it simply cannot breathe underneath all that makeup. Makeup blocks your pores and prevents the sweat from escaping, which will cause pimples. And seriously, no one wants to see you on the Stair Master with your mascara running down your face and your towel smeared with makeup. Put some makeup removing wipes in your gym bag and wipe off most of it before you hit the yoga class.

 

2. Focusing Only on Your Face

Although it’s a good thing to take care of your face, that’s not the only part of your body that ages. By excluding your neck, décolletage, and shoulders from the moisturizing and exfoliating that you do to your face, you are doing yourself a great disservice. It’s very easy to overlook those things in your 20’s and 30’s, but when that turkey neck starts to show or your décolletage starts to wrinkle, you will wish you had not neglected them. Use sunscreen and don’t forget the moisturizer.

 

3. Rubbing Your Eyes

You rub your eyes because you have itchy contacts or allergies, or whatever, right? As long as you don’t mess up your makeup, it’s OK, right? Nope. The skin around your eyes is very fragile and rubbing it will cause damage to the elastin and collagen, and all the eye cream in the world can’t fix the damage continually rubbing your eyes will do. If your eyes itch, try some eye drops or artificial tears instead of all the rubbing.

 

4. Brushing Your Wet Hair

Your hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. If you rub or twist up your hair in a towel, you are causing your hair serious damage. Instead of a bath towel, try squeezing and blotting the water out of your hair with an old T-shirt, which is much more gentle on your hair. Also, no brushing until it is 90 percent dry. If you absolutely must untangle your hair, use only a wide tooth comb.

You’re beautiful, it’s true, and don’t you forget it.

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