Ten Bad Health & Beauty Habits

Many of us try so hard to do the right things to stay healthy, stay beautiful and stay fit, but falling into some habits can hurt us more than help us.  We’ve put together a long list of ten items we all do or have done that need to stop, for the sake of our own health and beauty happiness!

  1. Keeping make up for years – Many times we get suckered into buying an expensive lip gloss or foundation and are convinced that that’s the only product that works for us.  Or, we are so thrilled that it’s a designer made product, we don’t want to give it up. Either way, these reasons aren’t good enough when it comes to the health of our skin.  When we hold onto make up for longer than 6 weeks, they tend to act like mini petri dishes and bacteria from our skin and make up brushes grows inside.  This can lead to rashes, unwanted blemishes and conjunctivitis.
  2. Not Washing Face Before Going to Bed – We’ve all done it. Falling into the habit of not washing our faces at night before going to bed is an easy to do but it’s actually a nasty habit to get into. It’s important to remove the day’s dirt and grim each night to prevent pores from getting clogged any further. Also what ever dirt, grime and make up is left on your face will go directly onto your pillow case.  This is typically bad because the next time you do wash your face, the bacteria and dirt from the pillow case will go right back onto your clean face.  It’s a vicious cycle and one that needs to be broken for the sake of keeping clean and maintaining healthy skin.
  3. Shampooing Hair Daily –  If you’re one who shampoos every day, try to wean yourself from this habit to allow your scalp to gain its own natural balance of oil production. If you shampoo too much, your scalp will over-compensate by creating oils you have stripped from over-washing. Try to at least make your hair last two to three days in between washes.
  4. Overusing a Facial Skin Brush – Brushes or any exfoliation agent for that matter should really only be used two to three times a week.  Over exfoliation can dry out the skin and lead to unwanted or even painful dry patches.
  5. Picking or Pulling Off Gel Nail Polish and Fake Nails – Ripping or peeling off any coating on your nails will cause more damage then you may expect.  Doing so can pull away precious layers of the nails leaving them weak and tender.
  6. Cutting at Cuticles –  The more you leave your cuticles alone, the less you will have to “manage” them.  Clipping them may actually cause them to grow in worse and even fuller than you may like.
  7. Ignoring Long Toenails – Long toenails can be painful, especially when wearing shoes.  Be sure to keep your toenails trimmed and manicured. When trimming your toenails, make sure not to cut them too short and avoid cutting angles on the sides.  Short angled cuts can lead to painful ingrown toenails when nails start to grow back. Remember to trim straight across and don’t go too short.
  8. Ripping Off Fake Eyelashes – When ripping off your fake eyelashes at the end of the day, your lid can become red and irritated.  You’ll also be taking off some of your own lashes along with the fake ones, leaving your eyelids bare and irritated.  Soak a Q-tip or a cotton ball with make up remover and gently rub over the base line of the lash strip.  This step will soften the glue enough to where your lashes can easily be removed leaving your own lashes right where they belong with zero irritation.
  9. Avoiding the “8 Glasses of Water a Day Rule” – Drinking eight glasses of water a day is so crucial to your health.  There are many reasons to stick to this rule. Drinking water will hydrate your skin from the inside out, help with constipation, hydrate your insides allowing  blood flow to move freely and organs to work as expected, help relieve headaches, allow you to feel full longer so you’re not constantly looking for food and snacks, and it helps keep your complexion clear.  There are so many more reason, but these are a few of our favorites for obvious reasons.
  10. Not Changing Tampons Frequently – Not changing tampons in a timely manner can hurt you more than you think.  Menstrual toxic shock syndrome can be prevented by changing tampons frequently.Tampons should be changed every 4-8 hours. Consider using the lowest absorbency tampon you can, and avoid using tampons all together when your flow is very light; use a pad instead.
Shannon Lazovski is a social media maven.  She is the CEO of  her own business, SoGlam Media, editor of glamorousmoms.com, detroitfashionnews.com, is a MichMoms blogger for the Detroit News and is the founder of Detroit Mom Bloggers; a mom blogger network in the Metro Detroit area.  Shannon is also the Fashion & Beauty Expert for the Village of Rochester Hills.  She is a blogger, fashion/beauty/image consultant and a social media manager. She loves to collect jewelry, handbags and heels (typically the higher the better) and cannot get enough when it comes to the subjects of beauty & fashion.

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