8 beauty blunders you didn't know you're making
Almost every lifestyle blog and fashion blog these days is talking about beauty. This means everybody out there is conscious of their beauty and looks. But although there are many people who give out beauty tips, few actually highlight the mistakes that one must be committing, which actually are more damaging to us than flattering. We have earlier discussed a few beauty hacks and some mistakes that must be avoided. Here are some more crucial ones that can save you going from Bella to Cruella.
Also read: 4 bad hair habits that you must break today!
Brushing your hair in the shower:
Most people tend to brush their hair while shampooing to avoid entangling them. Do NOT do that! When we take a shower, our hair follicles tend to open up and that's when they are most fragile. So, brushing them will only result in breakage and it will roughen up the outer layer of your hair causing them to weaken and further fall.
Combing through hair on applying conditioner:
Another common mistake that one out of every three people make is that of combing or running their fingers through the hair after applying conditioner. I know it feels nice and soft but this habit is damaging your tresses to a great deal. You'll find that you lose 20% more hair while doing this. So it's better to gently wash out the conditioner without running a comb or your fingers through.
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This one's as bad as a nightmare. We all have seen the shampoo commercials showing the model nicely rubbing in the shampoo in her hair and working up the lather while vigorously rubbing and scrubbing, and finally her hair looks like a bird's nest. Seriously? Do you think that is a good hair habit, I don't. All you need to do is use a little bit of the shampoo and massage only on the scalp first. Using the flat portion of your fingers rather than your finger tips is another plus point. Once you are done washing the scalp, push the shampoo down, and gently work through the shaft of your hair. By doing this, you'll effectively avoid breakage.
Leaving on face mask for too long:
So you think you want to get rid of the blackheads, the dirt and grime on your face, and decide to use a good store-bought face mask. All goes well until you feel, "Let me just leave it on for bit longer, that way I'll get clearer skin." Wake-up call: You would never get beautiful skin by leaving on the mask on your face for a longer period. Reason one being facemasks have minimal amount of chemicals, but they're still chemicals that may harm your skin. So by leaving the mask on your face for long, you're allowing the chemicals to further damage your delicate facial skin. Reason number two is that if you have the mask on your face for a long time, it may over-dry your skin thereby causing fine lines and wrinkles.
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Picking chapped lips:
Do not pick chapped lips no matter how tempted you may be to do so. Our lips have the most sensitive skin and when it's dry and chapped, it needs the most amount of care. So if you're ripping off the skin by picking out chapped lips, you are damaging your skin and calling for dark, dry lips. A useful tip: Don't ever lick your lips, to prevent them from chapping.
Using a blunt eye pencil:
[caption id="attachment_6964" align="alignnone" width="300"] Using an unsharpened pencil on your eyelids can cause the rough, wooden edges of the pencil to damage the delicate tissue around your eyes[/caption]
If you really care about your delicate eyes, don't be lazy to sharpen your eye pencil, or liner. Using an unsharpened pencil on your eyelids can cause the rough, wooden edges of the pencil to tear at the delicate tissue around your eyes. Sharpening the pencil to a good point will not only save you from tissue damage, but also help you get a finer and sharper definition of your eye makeup.
Using powder on a dirty face:
Picture this: You have a long day at work and are heading to an after-work party. You'd certainly want to powder your face up, to avoid looking oily. So you take your powder sponge and dab it on your face, and get all the dirt, grime and sebum on the sponge and put it back into the product. Eww! With this habit, you're sure to find an oily film on your product sooner than later making it unusable. This habit may also result in pimples, as dabbing on dirty product everyday is far from a healthy beauty hack.
Forgetting to moisturise crucial areas:
Many a time, people are meticulously following the CTM routines, but a very silly mistake is avoiding the other important areas like, neck, ears and shoulders. These areas are also exposed to the sun; so that means they too require utmost care and attention. Remember to cleanse, tone and moisturise them regularly for clear glowing skin.