Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Beauty Bad Habits To Break: Skincare Edition

I wanted to share with you some of the beauty bad habits I've been trying to break up with. 

1)  Not getting every tiny bit of makeup off before bed

Going to sleep with makeup is probably on every beauty blogger's DO NOT DO list. It's so important to get every bit of makeup off before you go to sleep, lest you not give your skin a chance to rejuvenate over night and end up with acne and aged skin.

This is where waterproof mascara comes back to bite me... so keep cleansing wipes and make up remover pads by your bead, break out the Clarisonic, or use some good old fashion cleanser... whatever way you do it, get that makeup off your face before bed!

2) Sleeping on your face

I'm one of those sleepers that even if I'm insanely tired I can only go to sleep when I'm completely comfortable... And I happen to most comfortable on my stomach with my face in a pillow. 
Sleeping with your face in a pillow unfortunately causes fine wrinkles on your face. In other words, if you wake up with lines all over your face, they may be come permanent. The best position to sleep in is on your back... if only I could get comfortable.
3) Not applying sunscreen all year round

I start thinking about sunscreen in the spring time when it's starting to get a bit sunny here in Vancouver, but sunscreen needs to be applied all year round. Those pesky rays are here rain or shine.

Getting moisturizer and foundation with SPF is a start, but be sure to apply sunscreen (whether lotion, spray or stick) everyday.

Make sure to take extra care not only of your face, but your neck and chest as the skin there is quite delicate and is prone to sun damage and aging because people often forget about these areas. Additionally, it's a bonus tip to apply products you use on your face to your neck and chest!

4) Touching your face and eyes 

Not only are you transferring all the yucky germs and bacteria from your hands onto your face (potentially clogging your pores!), but rubbing your eyes damages and irritates the delicate skin.

5) Using old makeup

Although it may seem like it's okay, makeup does expire! If you use it afterwards, you risk bacteria, irritation, and possibly infection!

Although there is contrasting information, here are some basic guidelines for when you should toss your makeup!

Foundation: 12-18 months
Concealer: 1 year
Eyeshadow: 2-3 years
Lipstick: 2 years
Mascara: 4-6 months

What skincare bad habits are you trying to break? Let me know in the comments!

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