We all like to think we know best when it comes to skincare and makeup. But there are certain beauty habits and traps that we fall into from time to time!
We’ve rounded up ten beauty habits you need to break asap. These habits can damage your skin, make you look older or actually worsen the skin conditions you’re trying to fix.
1. Using The Wrong Foundation For Your Skin
Does your skin get oily throughout the day, making your foundation wear away unevenly? Or does your foundation seem to sink into fine lines that you’ve never noticed before? All foundations are not created equally, and chances are you’re wearing one that doesn’t suit your skin. Take time to research a product that is made specifically for your skin type and you’ll notice a world of difference!
2. Skipping Moisturiser
Everyone needs to moisturise – yes oily skinned and acne prone ladies, this means you too! It’s extremely common for people with oily or blemished skin to skip moisturising out of a mistaken belief that it is making their skin worse. But drying out your face can have the opposite effect, and your skin can start producing more oil to make up for it. Try a light moisturiser like Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Daily Balancing Moisturiser to add just the right amount of hydration to your routine.
3. Not Cleansing Properly
Most of us do not cleanse our skin properly. How often do you give your face a quick once over with a face wipe or splash some water on and call it a day? Either go for a two step process, which might be a face wipe or makeup removal product followed by cleanser, or add a cleansing brush like the Foreo Luna into your regimen. Spend at least thirty seconds massaging your cleanser across your skin for best results.
4. Leaving The House Without SPF
The best way to prevent signs of ageing and damaged skin is to wear sunscreen every single day. This means even on cold, rainy days where the sun doesn’t even break through the clouds. Don’t count on your foundation to provide enough coverage – try a dedicated SPF like Germaine de Capuccini Urban Shield SPF 50. Don’t forget to apply it to your chest and arms as well!
5. Touching Your Face Throughout The Day
Think about how many times a day you absentmindedly touch your face. It might be resting your face against your hand, scratching your skin or (gasp) picking at a pimple. You probably don’t wash your hands before touching your face, which means any bacteria on your fingers is instantly transferred to your face. It will take real mental work to break this habit, but keeping some hand sanitiser nearby can help keep your hands cleaner throughout the day.
6. Too Much Eye Makeup
While heavily lined waterlines and mascara on the bottom lashes was once the height of fashion these days it’s all about winged liner, big top lashes and smokey eyes. Unfortunately this means that heavy makeup on your lower lid can have an ageing effect. Try switching out your black liner for a brown or grey, or use a clear mascara on your bottom lashes for a softer and younger look.
7. Avoiding Drinking Water
What is the number one tip that comes up in every single celebrity beauty secrets article? Drink lots of water. Water hydrates your body, which in turn hydrates your skin and stops it from looking so dry and dull. Plus it’s good for your digestive system and helps keep your body working the way it’s supposed to. Keep a bottle in your bag or on your desk and sip throughout the day.
8. Forgetting To Wash Your Brushes
This is one of the biggest all time beauty sins! A huge amount of bacteria, oil and dirt can get caught on your makeup brushes. This means every time you dip them into your compact and brush them across your face you risk transferring all that grime onto your skin. Washing them at least once a week is best, but if you can do it two to three times a month we’ll be happy! See our brush cleansing tips here.
9. Not Lining Your Lips
Does your lipstick wear off quickly? Do you get annoyed when you see it fading unevenly? There’s an extremely simple way to fix this. Line your lips first using a simple pencil lip liner. First draw a line around the edge of your lips, and then fill in the entire lip using the pencil. Apply your lipstick on top and you’re ready to go! You don’t need to purchase a matching liner for every lipstick, a nude or clear liner will do the trick.
10. Leaving Hair Unprotected
We’d be nothing without our straightening irons and blowdryers. But are you making sure to protect your locks before applying heat? As well as giving you a better finish, these products help to prevent the split ends and damage that hot tools can cause. Try PHR Professional Blowdry Serum for high shine and soft hair.
What beauty habit do you struggle to break? Let us know in the comments!