If you’re like us, you might be obsessed with everything and anything beauty-related. But with that obsession also comes some bad beauty habits. We have them. You might religiously apply false lashes but slack when it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes. Or maybe you cannot be bothered to wash your face, even though you have enough effort to contour on a daily basis. It happens.
With the new year upon us, Influensters will be looking to give up their bad vices. So we asked experts the biggest beauty bad habits you should give up. Unlike last year's temporary New Year's resolutions to give up chocolate and booze, you will want to stick with your beauty resolutions to give up these habits long after resolution season is over.
1. Damaging your hair with heat.
"Stop heat damage on your hair (please!). Most people just plug in a straightener or curling iron and go without changing to the proper heat for your hair. To prevent damage, first pick a tool with a heat regulator like the PRO Beauty Tools Professional Ceramic Shine Digital Straightener. Then set on a temperature that's right for your hair type: thin hair needs a lower setting, normal hair a higher setting—high 300s, and thick course hair can take the hotter temps like 400-450."
—Johnny Lavoy, PRO Beauty Tools Celebrity Hairstylist
2. Not properly using sunscreen.
"[Stop] under usage of sun block, leading to premature photo-aging with early wrinkling, pigmentation, and spots formation. Use broad spectrum sun blocks with anti-inflammatory properties, two to three times a day, rain or shine, indoor and outdoor."
— Dr. George Sun, Creator of MDSUN
Try: Banana Boat Ultra Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen ($16.45, Amazon)
3. Using "food"on your face.
"Stop using food items from your cupboard to cleanse your skin. Using oils from your pantry such as coconut oil or olive oil, can break up your makeup but does NOT rinse completely clean. This can cause a residue to be left behind on your skin that can cause potential breakouts or congestion. Instead, try a double cleanse with a cleansing oil that is meant to be broken down with water and rinses clean. These nourishing oils will grab onto any dirt and debris sticking to the skin and wash them down the drain. Try Dermalogica’s PreCleanse before your own cleanser to remove your day. Apply to dry skin, massage around, then add water and rinse clean! Follow with your favorite cleanser, your face will never feel so clean after this double cleanse!"
— Elizabeth Jones, Instructor at Dermalogica
4. Washing your hair every day.
"When you wash every day, you dry your hair out and your scalp naturally start to produce more oil!"
— Matt Swinney, L’ANZA Global Creative Director
5. Toweling yourself off before applying body lotion.
"[Stop] drying off before applying lotion to your skin. Keep your skin damp! The lotion will push the moisture into your skin leaving you silky soft for much longer."
— Sara Caroline, Bosley Professional Strength Salon Owner and Contract Educator
6. Touching and picking your face.
"[Stop] touching your face throughout the day—that includes cell phones. It can be so hard not to touch your face or pick at that spot or play with your bangs, but it's really important to leave your skin alone as much as possible, for a few reasons: 1. The more we introduce unwanted germs, the more likely we are to get sick simply by virtue of giving bacteria and viruses a free ride from our hands (which have touched doorknobs, subway poles, and other public items) to our eyes, noses, and mouths. Too much fusing can also trigger acne breakouts, for the same reason. 2. This goes for cell phones as well. Studies have shown that our cell phones are some of the most contaminated items we come into contact with on a daily basis. Use headphones or speakerphone to avoid touching. Related: make sure to thoroughly clean your cell phone on a regular basis, too. In addition, picking the skin can lead to open spots and potential scarring. Wounds on the face are especially susceptible to allowing bacteria or viruses to take hold.”
— Rachel Winard, Soapwalla Founder
7. Not hydrating your hair daily.
"The first bad beauty habit that must be given up is: Neglecting to hydrate your hair DAILY. Hydrating your hair is just as important as hydrating your skin. Simply using a leave-in hydrating cream on your hair everyday will keep your hair shiny bouncy and free of split ends. Choose PHYTO 7 Daily Hydrating Cream."
— Christyn Nawrot, PHYTO National Educator
8. Sucking on a water bottle and chewing gum.
"[Stop] chewing gum, drinking from straws and water bottles: this causes your lips to purse and increases mouth movements ,which ultimately accelerate aging in these areas. Instead opt for Tic Tac-like mints and cups and bottles which don't require a sucking motion."
— Dr. Karyn Grossman, Dermatologist and the Creator of KARYNG
Try: Tic Tac Powermint
9. Not taking your makeup off before bed.
"Going to sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst beauty habits as it can clog pores which may lead to skin and eye irritations."
— Kimara Ahnert, Makeup Artist and Kimara Ahnert Makeup and Skincare Studio Founder
10. Not cleaning your makeup brushes.
"People can get lazy with their makeup brushes. Clean your brushes regularly with a gentle brush cleanser and leave to dry to help avoid spreading bacteria. Your brushes should also be stored in a bag or a brush roll to protect them when not in use."
— Charlotte Knight, Founder of Ciaté London
Which beauty habits are you planning on dropping? Let us know!