From popping pimples to skipping out on hair trims, we've all committed these beauty sins at least once. Here are some of the most common skin, hair and nail damaging habits we have, and why we should quit them for good:
1. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Popping Pimples
1. Popping your pimples.
While popping your pimples may provide instant satisfaction, it’ll also cause more damage in the long run. Popping or touching your zits can easily lead to unwanted acne scars and further skin irritation. As annoying as they may be, leave your zits alone, chicas. Trust us.
2. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Peeling Off Nail Polish
2. Peeling off nail polish.
The urge to peel off your nail polish after seeing a chip is real, but it is not worth the weeks of damage your nails will face. This bad habit can easily destroy the top layer of your nails — weakening them. If you wish to keep your uñas healthy and strong, be sure to always remove polish properly with nail polish remover.
3. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Keeping The Same Mascara for Months
3. Not getting rid of your mascara after three months.
While we all love a good mascara, it's important to know when to let go. This glorious little black tube has one of the shortest life spans of makeup products. Being that mascara is applied directly onto your eye area, there is a high risk of bacteria being passed on. Be sure to grab a new mascara every three months to reduce this risk.
4. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Trying On Makeup Testers
4. Trying on makeup testers.
There is no way you can enter a makeup store surrounded by goodies and not want to try them on; however, you may want to be very careful. Many of these products are covered in germs and bacteria after being tampered with by endless customers. When trying testers, be sure to ask for assistance first, and avoid putting anything directly onto your eyes or lips, which are your most vulnerable features.
5. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Not Putting on SPF
5. Not putting on SPF.
The use of SPF is always heightened during the summer time, but what many forget is that the sun is out year-long. No matter what season it is, be sure to apply a lotion or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 to get the upmost protection from the sun's damaging UVA and UVB rays.
6. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Skipping on Hair Trims
6. Skipping out in hair trims.
When's the last time you had a hair trim? If it was more than three months ago, then you may have a problem, chica. Every eight to twelve weeks is the ideal time for women of all hair types to get a fresh cut. If you have a short 'do, you'll want to get a trim every four weeks to maintain your hairstyle.
7. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Sleeping With Makeup On
7. Sleeping with makeup on.
You've surely heard this time and time again from your mom, but mami does know best: Sleeping with makeup on is the absolute worst thing you can do to your skin. It allows you to harbor dirt, oil and germs, and it clogs your pores. Yuck!
Tip: If you're too lazy to do a full face wash after a night out, keep a pack of cleansing wipes by your bed for quick and easy removal.
8. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Over-Processing Your Hair
8. Over-processing your hair.
Blow-outs, flat-irons and hair dyes, oh my! Over-processing your strands can be deadly for your hair's health. If you want to maintain your pelo's body and shine, try not to mix heat, dyes and harsh chemical treatments all at once. However, if you prefer to use any of these methods, give your strands a break and revive them with a rich deep conditioning treatment once a week.
9. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Sleeping On a Dirty Pillowcase
9. Sleeping on a dirty pillowcase.
Your pillowcase may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to beauty, but it may just be the culprit behind those unexpected breakouts. Pillowcases can contain dirt and oil, which is transferred back onto your skin while sleeping. To keep your piel safe, be sure to regularly wash your pillowcases and always wash your face before going to bed.
10. Beauty Sins We All Commit: Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
10. Using dirty makeup brushes.
After daily application of makeup on your face, brushes can easily harbor tons of bacteria and dirt build up (Um, gross!). Reusing these same brushes without a proper cleansing means you're spreading all this dirt and bacteria right onto your face, which leads to unwanted breakouts and skin irritation. Take the time to wash your trusted beauty tools at least once a week. Your skin will thank you.