When it comes to beauty, we all have little routines we like to follow, and things we SWEAR are “doing the trick.” What if I told you that some of your “secrets” might actually be doing more harm than good? Impossible for a beauty savvy reader like you, but maybe a “friend” is doing some of these beauty “oh no no’s.” Read on to discover some beauty blunders you may be guilty of committing—and the super easy way to fix it!
First, almost every long haired lady does this. It seems harmless enough, almost like second nature after a shower: wrapping your wet hair up in a towel. Those strengthening shampoos and conditioners you use aren’t going to help much if you gather your wet locks in a turban on top of your head post-shower. Wet hair shafts are like loosened springs that stretch and break more easily than dry hair. So rubbing your tresses with a towel, pulling them into a too-tight wrap, or brushing or combing them too vigorously while still wet can all break the hair shafts and lead to damaged, frizzy strands, and more products you’ll need to repair the damage. Treat your locks with love by moving down your mane in sections, gently squeezing and blotting out excess water with a towel. For tangles, first apply a de-tangling or conditioning spray (this blogger loves Enjoy’s Conditioning Spray), and use a wide-tooth comb, which won’t rough up the cuticle as much as a brush does.
Washing your face in the morning seems like a good idea. In fact, it’s part of everyone’s beauty routine. But, using harsh cleansers and scrubs in the a.m. can do more harm than good, stripping your skin of essential oils before you even start your day. Most dermatologists would recommend cleansing your face only at night, because, while you sleep your skin regenerates, reestablishes its pH, and increases collagen production. So how can you break the habit? Simply begin your morning by splashing your face with warm water and applying a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher. If you need to cleanse (did you go to bed without washing your face again?), use a mild moisturizing cream cleanser that doesn’t contain harsh detergents before applying the same SPF moisturizer. This blogger likes Murad’s Refreshing Cleanser, which doesn’t have any harsh ingredients, and still foams up to give you a non-drying, good clean feeling.
Scrubbing your face in the shower feels amazing, but doing it too often is unnecessary since your skin naturally sheds any dead cells. Sloughing off skin cells and oils with an exfoliant will only cause a vicious cycle of irritation and dryness in the long run, causing a bevy of other skin issues. According to the American Board of Dermatology, you should exfoliate your face and body no more than once or twice a week. If you have skin that tends to be oily, be careful not to overdo it, as this may have the opposite effect and cause your sebaceous glands to produce even more oil! Try using either a chemical exfoliant (read this blog to get the skinny on that!), or going with a brush, like the Clarisonic! And, don’t go to town with the heel of your hands, use just your fingertips, and be more gentle than you think you need to be—redness and chaffing is so not a good look.
And, finally, the number one skin issue our moms and grandmothers wish they knew: neglecting your neck in your skin care routine. Forgetting to moisturize and use sunscreen below your jawline leaves your neck open to the elements and can cause it to show signs of aging faster since you’re using those products on your face daily (right?). And, remember that no area of your skin–from the sometimes-forgotten tops of your ears to your face to your hands–is cancer-proof. So how do we make sure our necks and hands age as gracefully as our faces? When you’re done moisturizing and applying sunscreen to your face every day, do the same to your neck, using an upward and then outward motion to cover from the front to the back. And, be sure to never use harsh soaps, detergent-based cleansers, or anti-aging treatments that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinol on your neck because the skin there doesn’t have the same number of sebaceous glands to produce oils as the face does, which leaves it less able to regenerate itself!
Well, beauties, now you have no excuse to commit these blunders! Make sure you check out your local Planet Beauty store on the regular to see all of our newest products designed to keep you beautiful!
Allie Kelley has been a Planet Beauty Buff for four and a half years, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She enjoys painting her nails, trolling Pinterest for new trends, and has an obsession with lip gloss.