Many of us take our beauty seriously and spend serious time in front of the mirror every day perfecting our makeup and applying moisturizer. However, we may be doing things wrong within our beauty regime while affecting our health in the process. Here are seven of the beauty mistakes you may be making each day.
1. Washing your hair too often
You don’t need to wash your hair every day. Three or four times a week is enough, but if you prefer to give your hair a good clean on a daily basis, avoid using too much shampoo. That’s right, you might have been shampooing your hair wrong all these years.
2. Using dirty tools
Your hair and makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly to remove the buildup of dirt and bacteria. You’re trying to make yourself look pretty by removing those dead skin cells when you exfoliate, so you don’t want to redeposit any debris back into your face and damage your skin.
3. More mistakes: Damaging your beauty sleep
The effects of good sleep are evident. However, you need to remove every ounce of eyeliner and other makeup from your face the night before because you will wake up with parched and blotchy skin.
Try to also avoid lying with your face pressed too heavily into the pillow. Otherwise, you may wake up with added lines on your face, which can lead to facial wrinkles over time.
4. Not looking after your teeth
You may have a beautiful complexion, but if your teeth are covered in plaque, and your breath smells worse than your cat’s litter tray, all the work you have put into your face will be undone. Many of us hate going to the dentist but modern dental practice is not the torture chamber you might expect. So, make regular visits to maintain your pearly whites.
5. Another beauty mistake: Washing your face with hot water
Hot water will leave your skin feeling parched and can undo the hard work you have put in moisturizing it. Use cool or lukewarm water when washing, and splash hot water onto your face in the shower rather than letting it flow over your skin.
6. Living an unhealthy lifestyle
All the skincare products in the world won’t save your beauty if you consume a lot of alcohol and smoke cigarettes every day. Alcohol will dehydrate your face and decrease vitamin A which is necessary for fending off free radicals. Nicotine will make your skin look discolored and depletes vitamin C which protects and repairs skin cells.
There are some great ideas for a healthy lifestyle that can revolutionize your health as well as your beauty.
7. Not drinking enough water is a beauty mistake too
Your skin becomes dehydrated throughout the day through all the sweat you expel, so you need to re-hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water.
Doctors recommend between 8 and 12 glasses a day. You may need to head to the bathroom more often, but your skin and your overall health will feel the fantastic benefits.