Tip of the Week - 10 Beauty Mistakes You're Probably Making
Today I'm posting some beauty tips from Redbook Magazine by Holly Corbett. These are some common beauty mistakes we sometimes make without realizing we are doing them. With these tips, we can avoid them with ease. We have talked about a couple of them on HLNB in past posts such as properly cleaning your makeup brushes and the importance of knowing which chemicals are in our beauty products. Do you have any other great beauty tips? Leave us a comment with your tips.
#1 Wearing shimmer on your eyes:
"Shimmery eye shadows can enhance wrinkles, so it's best to stick to matte products as you get older," says Abdo. Use a base color that goes over your entire lid, such as in a shade like sandstone. "It'll brighten your eyes and even out redness for a flawless look." Also opt for a colored shadow to apply to the crease of your lids to give the illusion that your lids are receding for a more wide-awake look.
#2 Forgoing a topcoat:
It's frustrating to take the time to paint your nails, only to have it chip a day later. "You need to do some maintenance by investing in a really strong top coat, and apply it daily to seal in color and add shine," says Abdo. One to try: Seche Vite dry fast top coat ($10; at drugstores). Also try wearing rubber gloves when doing housework to keep polish from chipping or chemicals in detergents from breaking down color.
#3 Over-washing your face:
"I find that most women wash their faces at least twice a day, but doing so actually strips your skin of moisture," says Abdo. "You need only wash your face at night and remove eye makeup by gently swiping a circular cotton pad downward over your eye area." Since you're not wearing makeup while you sleep (we hope!) you can skip sudsing up in the morning.
#4 Plucking your eyebrows:
"Your brows shape your face and set the canvas for your makeup," says Tivichi. She sees many women who pluck their brows too thin for their features, and so recommends that every woman see an eyebrow specialist who can create the most flattering shape for her face. "And don't touch your eyebrows in between appointments - you must let them grow in," she says. If you're letting your brows grow out, try using a brow pencil to create a higher arch or filling in bald areas for the illusion of thicker brows.
#5 Forgetting to clean your makeup brushes:
Grime and oil can build up on your makeup brushes and result in clogged pores. "It's important to clean your brushes once a week," says Abdo. Use a few drops of shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and then lay flat on a paper towel to dry.
#6 Stressing about adult acne:
Zits aren't only for teenagers. In fact, acne may affect more than half of adult women at some point in their lives, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Stress triggers your adrenal glands to release extra cortisol, which in turn stimulates sweat and oil production to aggravate breakouts," says Jeffrey R. LaDuca, Ph.D., M.D, president of Reflections Dermatology & Psoriasis Center in Auburn and Skaneateles, NY. You can lower the levels of stress hormones in your body by getting at least seven hours of sleep and cutting back on simple carbohydrates and sugar that boost inflammation.
#7 Slathering chemicals on your skin:
Putting harmful chemicals on your body can be just as dangerous as putting them into your mouth. "We absorb chemicals through our skin, so your makeup and skincare products should be clean," says Tivichi. "Today we have a choice about buying products that are full of chemicals or that are organic and made with natural ingredients." Apart from checking labels to ensure your products are phthalate and paraben-free, you can find out if your favorite products contain harmful ingredients by checking out the Environmental Working Group's database.
#8 Applying lotion after an airbrush tan:
Lotion and airbrush tanning don't mix. "Many women arrive for an airbrush tan wearing lotion, which only creates a barrier and hinders the color from fully absorbing into your skin," says Erica Abdo, a professional makeup artist who works at Fashion Week in New York City, as well as for celebrities such as Samantha Harris. "You should also skip moisturizer afterward because it interferes with the DHAs, or tanning agents, that take six to eight hours to develop."
#9 Using these products before waxing:
"Skip glycolics or retinoids - ingredients found in many acne treatments and anti-aging products - at least three days beforehand if you're getting a facial area waxed. These ingredients cause cells to turnover faster, making skin more sensitive and wax more apt to pull off a layer," says Lidia Tivichi, a clinical esthetician and founder of Maris Dusan Spa in New York City.
#10 Not shaving before laser hair removal:
Laser hair removal is now a normal part of many women's beauty regimens. However, one of the biggest mistakes laser technicians see clients making is arriving for treatments with some stubble. "Unlike with waxing, it's best to shave before a laser treatment to reduce pain and increase effectiveness, says Erin Lindemann, a certified national LaserFast Hair Removal trainer at Syracuse Laser Spa in Syracuse, New York. However, nix waxing and depilatories before and in between laser sessions. "Lasers work by detecting a contrast in pigment between darker follicles and lighter skin, but these methods destroy hairs' roots," says Lindermann.
Keeping these 10 tips in mind, can help you in your regular beauty routines and keep you looking your best. (All pictures -photos by Getty Images and iStock-and article content is courtesy of Redbook Magazine, also published on Shine from Yahoo!)
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