Everyone has a couple of bad habits, and in the long run, some of them aren’t as terrible as others. When it comes to beauty habits, though, the simplest bad ones can have the greatest effect. Here we list five bad beauty habits to break immediately, and five good ones to start.
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Not getting your hair trimmed regularly.
“My hair grows so slowly. I don’t want to cut it so often or it’ll never grow…”
This isn’t how it works. Your hair is always growing. If it feels like it’s growing slowly, it’s probably breaking off before it gets any length. The best way to prevent that? Regular trims that keep the cuticle from getting too damaged and breaking off. When your hair doesn’t break, it makes it seem like it’s growing faster. Make sense?
Not removing makeup before bed.
It’s late. You’re tired. You just got home after a fun night out or you fell asleep on the couch watching Netflix. All you want to do is crawl into bed; you don’t really have to wash your face, right?
Wrong. Not washing off makeup and the daily grime could cause irreparable damage to your skin. Nighttime is when your skin breathes and repairs itself. Leaving a layer of waxes, oils and pigments on your skin’s surface to rub in via your pillow all night long can clog pores and cause irritation, acne, dull skin and worsening of wrinkles. Not only that, you’re increasing your exposure to free radicals you’ve picked up all day long, which can lead to the breakdown of collagen, making you age faster.
Try getting a nice, soft shammy cloth and a really great cleanser; that’s motivation to use it every night. Aveda’s cleansers smell and feel wonderful, and finding the one that’s perfect for your skin is easy. Botanical Kinetics™ Purifying Gel Cleanser is great for normal to oily skin, while Botanical Kinetics™ Purifying Crème Cleanser is perfect for normal to dry skin. And don’t forget your eye makeup. Pure Comfort™ Eye Makeup Remover is perfect for gently removing all traces of mascara, leaving your eyes clean and raccoon-free in the morning.
Neglecting your décolletage.
What is décolletage? When you wear a scoop neck or deep V-neck shirt, it’s all the skin that shows, from your cleavage to your collarbone, to your neck. We spend so much time caring for our faces, but a lot of us forget about that crucial part. This skin is some of the most delicate on the body and some of the earliest to show signs of age. A rule of thumb is anything you’d do to your face to make it look better, you should do to your décolletage. This is the place where in the long run, you can see some of the most benefits from cleanser, toner, moisturizer, serums, and definitely sunscreen. Because nobody’s fooling anyone if your neck looks 30 years older than your face. Start early, and treat it well!
Not using moisturizer (and SPF).
Repeat after me: everyone needs to moisturize.
Leaving moisturizer out of your daily routine can make oily skin even oilier, make wrinkles deeper, cause your makeup to apply unevenly and leave your skin looking dull.
The trick is finding the right one and changing it up for the seasons.
During the warmer months, something like Botanical Kinetics™ Hydrating Lotion is good, as it’s lightweight but still nourishing, while in the winter you might want to switch to something thicker like Botanical Kinetics™ Rich Crème.
And always make sure you protect your newly-moisturized skin before going out into the world. A product like Daily Light Guard™ Defense Fluid protects from the sun with broad spectrum sunscreen, while at the same time, strengthening the skin’s natural barrier against damage from environmental pollution. Another option is a tinted moisturizer that has sheer coverage while it hydrates, and has that SPF factor you need.
Sleeping on a dirty pillowcase.
Even if you wash your face before bed, throughout the night your pillow still collects hair product residue, sweat, natural scalp oils, dirt and grime. Although it’s acceptable to only wash your sheets every week or two, a lot of estheticians will recommend you change them out every 3-4 days—more frequently if you’re acne-prone).
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Take time to de-stress.
Stress is the Number One beauty killer. It’s been known to cause weight gain, health problems, worry lines, adult acne, puffy under-eye bags, and premature grey hair, amongst a host of other things. We know nobody has a Stress-Be-Gone wand to wave, but a good way of taking your pressure level down a notch is to carve out just a little time for yourself. Try a few minutes of yoga, sing along to some music on the way home, meditate, go for a walk…just do something for you.
For a lightning-quick stress fix ritual, roll some Aveda Stress-Fix™ Concentrate onto the inside of your wrists, cover your nose and mouth with your hands, close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose a few times.
Even something as simple as taking a minute to breathe can help relieve stress.
Give it a break.
Whether it’s your hair, your skin or your nails, sometimes they just need a break.
Try not heat-styling your hair one day a week to give it a break from the process. Along the same lines, try taking a break from the normal makeup on your day off, and just going with a bit of tinted moisturizer with SPF for sun protection.
Take a week in between manicures and pedicures and live life polish-free to give your nail beds the chance to recover. Just buff and make sure to moisturize, and the next manicure you get will be that much better.
Be gentle with your skin.
Unlike conventional wisdom that tells us to scrub with hot water to get things clean, too much friction and hot water can actually damage our skin.
You want to wash with water that’s warm, but not too hot. Don’t aggressively scrub—if you’re using a good cleanser, you shouldn’t need to. If you like a washcloth, use a piece of muslin or shammy cloth with your cleanser.
When you’ve finished cleansing, dab your face dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing, apply moisturizer with soft, circular motions and pat your eye cream in gently.
Get a good facial every now and again.
Not only can facials clean your skin like you can’t by yourself, having a professional esthetician analyze the condition of your skin is priceless. Massage, exfoliation, hydration, even the extractions (you know you love them) can help de-stress you and make your skin glow. Also, having a professional esthetician regularly look at your skin is a good second check for any abnormalities that you may not notice, perhaps some that should be checked out by a doctor. Basically, not only are they excellent for how you look, regular facials could save you life!
Don’t wash your hair every day.
Frequent shampooing dries out hair and can leave it dull and lifeless. Whenever possible, skip a few days in between shampoos so the hair’s natural oils have a chance to work their magic. If you feel like you need it, use a product like Aveda Shampure™ Dry Shampoo to absorb excess oil and freshen your ‘do.