It seems that beauty advice is at an all time high these days, with hundreds if not thousands of articles on the internet offering advice on the do’s and don’ts of beauty. With such an influx of information available, it is no wonder that so many people are completely perplexed as to what they should and shouldn’t be doing for their beauty routines. In a bid to clarify a few things, here is our list of 7 Horrendous Beauty Mistakes You Need To Stop Making today!
- Not Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Most of us do not adhere to that 2 week rule – that is, your makeup brushes, beauty blenders and makeup application tools need to be thoroughly washed every fortnight. Often times we ignore this as it seems time consuming and unnecessary, but scary truth is that makeup brushes carry a lot of bacteria and germs which you transfer back to your face each and every time you put your makeup on. Imagine 2 weeks of bacteria being reapplied to your face, day in and day out – it is quite a scary thought! This bacteria can cause skin irritation, clogged pores and that dreaded acne that we all abhor so much. Always ensure to clean your brushes and beauty blenders with brush cleansers or antibacterial hand soap for a more cost effective option.
- Shaving – Yup, Shaving!
This may not have crossed your mind, but shaving is really one of the most frequent beauty mistakes that are committed. Constantly shaving your legs, bikini line and underarms cause nasty and hard to remove ingrown hairs to appear – we have all been there! On top of that, shaving can cause some people’s underarms to turn darker in colour over time. We highly recommend laser hair removal instead of shaving – it is a permanent solution which will save you lots of hassle and time in the long run.
- Applying Conditioner All Over Your Hair
Did you know that unlike shampoo, you are not required to condition your entire head of hair – from the roots to the bottom? This is a big no no for a few reasons. Since the hair at your roots is new and healthy, there is much less of a need to condition it as compared to the often more damaged and dry bottom parts of your hair. Conditioning your roots also has the tendency to make your hair look greasy which is something no one is a fan of! Start conditioning your hair from your ears down to the ends and you are good to go!
- Applying Foundation To Your Face Before Your Moisturiser Dries
In our fast paced world, most of us try to rush everything we do – whether it comes to eating breakfast on the go or rushing your makeup routine before work. You should, however, always remember to moisturise your face and only apply foundation on after your moisturiser has dried and has been absorbed into your skin. Packing on the foundation before your moisturiser fully seeps in can lead to a blotchy look and limit the amount of coverage you have throughout the day. Trust us, it’s worth that extra two minutes to look flawless all day long!
- Curling Your Eyelashes After Applying Mascara
If there is one thing we strongly suggest you refrain from doing, it would be curling your eyelashes after applying mascara on. There have been some horror stories of ladies doing this and accidentally ripping their eyelashes out – definitely something everyone should avoid like the plague! Curling your lashes with mascara already on can cause your eyelashes to stick to the curler as well as get mascara all over your curler, which poses hygiene problems as well. Always curl your lashes prior to applying mascara on and always remember to be gentle with it too!
- Keeping Your Makeup Products For Years
Makeup is truly quite a costly investment, and we know how difficult it can be to throw something away past its expiry date even though you have only gone through half the product. Keeping beauty products and makeup after they’ve gone off is really bad for your skin. The longer you keep these products for, the more bacteria they harbour, which can make skin break out or get irritated. Expired mascaras and eyeliners can also give you nasty eye infections. Always pay attention to directions on your makeup packaging and ensure you get rid of products past their expiration date. If you don’t want to constantly have to throw products out, don’t splash out on too many products at once and only buy when necessary.
- Washing Your Hair Too Often
You may turn your nose up at not washing your hair everyday, but trust us – scientific experts have agreed that washing your hair everyday is definitely a big no no. Washing your hair every day can strip your hair of all the nourishing oils it has, leaving your hair dry, frizzy and prone to split ends and breakages. It is recommended that most people wash their hair once every two to three days, to ensure that your hair is as healthy as it can possibly be. Think about how much time you will save too!
We hope that these tips have helped you a little when it comes to identifying any potential beauty mistakes that you may already be making on a daily basis. With a few simple and inexpensive changes to your routine, you’ll notice your skin and hair health soar! Don’t forget to let your friends know about these tips too!