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10 bad beauty habits

Did you sleep with your makeup on again? Are you still using expired beauty products? If you are nodding while reading this, beware as you are making serious beauty blunders. Here are 10 bad beauty habits that experts say you must quit.

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:07 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times

Did you sleep with your makeup on again? Are you still using expired beauty products? If you are nodding while reading this, beware as you are making serious beauty blunders. Here are 10 bad beauty habits that experts say you must quit.

1. Over-exfoliation
Over-scrubbing your skin will not make it fairer or beautiful or shiny. Beauty expert Richa Agarwal says, “Over-scrubbing or over-exfoliating can leave the skin red and even create little whiteheads deep under the skin, which don’t go away. It also makes your skin over-sensitive; causes broken capillaries, allergies and in the long run you can have the problem of open pores.”

2. Using expired makeup
Do not use very old makeup, if you are not sure whether it has expired or not. Every product has a shelf life. For makeup, it’s usually 6 months to 3 years. If you unable to determine the shelf life of a product, it is better to trash it. Also, long-wear lipsticks have a significant amount of lead in them, so avoid excessive use of such lipsticks.

3. Touching your face
Touching your face is probably one of the worst habits. “You may feel the need to check you face time to time, but stop touching your face to do so. When you touch your face with bare hands, you pass on bacteria from your hands directly to your skin. And if you tend to play with your hair a lot, and then touch your face, it smears the natural oils from your hair straight onto your skin making it prone to eruptions and bacteria,” adds Agarwal.

4. Unhygienic spa, beauty treatments
Manicure, pedicure and fish spa treatments are not always safe. Only visit a spa that follows stringent international hygiene and safety standards. “Make sure your manicurist is properly licensed. You can get paronychia (nail infection) because of a wrong treatment. Unhygienic fish spa treatments can also spread diseases like Hepatitis C and viral warts, and in adverse cases it can cause HIV too,” says Dr Navin Taneja from National Skin Centre

5. Bleaching your face too much
In order to look fairer people often over-bleach their face and skin without realising its ill effects. Fairness bleach contains strong chemicals that cause pigment lightening, which can lead to permanent tissue damage. Beauty expert Sapna Maken says, “Regular use of bleaching products may cause excessive wrinkles. Over time, it can lead to loss of hair pigments and leave your facial hair permanently white.

6. Hair extensions and over-ironing
Over-tight hair extensions can cause infection to hair roots (folliculitis), lead to breakage and baldness. Also, if you occasionally blow dry or iron your hair, their is no harm in it. But if you do it every week thinking it will make your hair look shiny and straight, you’re mistaken. Instead, you are damaging your hair by exposing them to excessive heat. Such heat treatments can lead to hair breakage, scalp irritation and split-ends. So don’t make them a habit.

7. Moisturising your skin too much is not good
It’s true that moisturising will make the skin more hydrated and nourished, but going over board with this and moisturising the skin copiously will only harm your skin pores. Such damage to skin pores can lead to the problem of acne, pimples, whiteheads and allergy. Hence, experts warn that you should moderately moisturise your skin.

8. Sleeping with makeup
Tired, sleepy or just lazy, no excuse is good enough to allow you to sleep with makeup on. “Sleeping with makeup can cause infections and block your pores. Also, rubbing off waterproof mascara with soap and water, or rubbing the eyes, can result in scanty eye lashes. It can also irritate the eye. So be gentle while removing the makeup from skin and eyes,” says beauty expert Shikha Taneja.

9. Using unclean brushes
Keeping your makeup brushes clean is as important as using good quality makeup products. You must wash the makeup brushes and sponges regularly to avoid skin allergies. Also, avoid trying out products at cosmetic counters. Makeup expert Megha Khanna says, “Never try products without cleaning or sanitising them. Lipsticks should be applied with brushes and not directly, same goes for mascara.”

10. Rash use of makeup products
Too much of anything is bad. Makeup is not bad for your skin, but using wrong cosmetics and applying inch-think layers on your face will harm your skin, clog your pores and cause infection. Bad makeup products can lead to a bad acne, blackheads, whiteheads and various allergies. Also, keep in mind that usage of too many different kinds of beauty creams or products can cause skin pigmentation.

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First Published: Apr 25, 2012 18:14 IST