Are You Committing These 5 Beauty No-No’s?

We tend to focus on the must-dos when it comes to our daily beauty regimen, but what about the no-nos? With our ever-increasing busy schedules, it’s no wonder bad habits end up working their way into our beauty routines. (Note to self: stop going to bed with makeup on…oh, and wearing waaaay-expired makeup!)

So with the New Year (aka New Beauty Resolutions) right around the corner, we decided to proactively embrace the whole out with the bad old, in with the new formula. Here are five bad habits to break, STAT...and some no-nonsense tips to help break ‘em:

Not cleaning your makeup brushes: After cleaning your house from top to bottom, cleaning your makeup brushes probably isn’t a top priority. But bacteria (and even mold) can form in a brushes fibers and then transfer to your skin (which means bad news and can lead to skin and eye infections).

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Problem solver: A spray-on sanitizer. These timesaving germ-killers instantly sanitize and remove residue and build-up. A good rule of thumb: clean your regularly-used brushes once per week. One to try: Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser ($14)

Wearing makeup that expired when J-Lo and Ben Affleck were a couple: We get it. You paid darn good money for that mega-expensive mascara, but makeup products can collect bacteria (think mini Petri dishes) over time, and ingredients eventually separate or just stop working properly.

Problem solver: Replace mascaras after three months. Cream-based makeup (i.e. blush, foundation, foundation, and eye shadows) should be tossed after six months. Powders are the long-term players and can be kept up to two years. Lipsticks last around one year, but if you notice its texture starts to feel dry or cakey, replace it. Worried you won’t be able to keep track of purchase dates? Simply apply a mini index label to each piece along with the date you bought it (i.e. 11-15-12).

Pimple popping: That pimple might as well have a flashing neon arrow pointing to it, but unfortunately, popping that blemish can leave a major red mark for days and possible long-term scarring.

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Problem solver: Try applying an ice cube for several seconds and repeat this a few times. The intense cold can help shrink the cyst (AKA white head). Then apply an acne spot treatment. One to try: Bliss No Zit Sherlock Spot Treatment ($18)

Forgetting the SPF: Make no mistake, beauty mavens, wearing proper sunscreen is the single most important beauty (and health) habit in the beauty commandments. (Thou shalt not forget to apply daily SPF!) Skipping sunscreen can cause brown spots, wrinkles, or the scariest of all: skin cancer.

Problem solver: If your moisturizer or foundation doesn’t contain proper SPF, go the quick n’ easy route: a spray-on SPF mist (and don’t forget about your hands, chest, and other exposed areas). One to try: L’Oreal Advanced Sunscreen Crystal Clear Mist SPF 30 ($10)

Overusing the Clarisonic: Hey, if exfoliating is good for the skin, then surely there’s no such thing as too much of it, right? Wrong. Electric face brushes ,or any exfoliating product, should really only be used 2-3 times per week, otherwise your “too-much-of-a-good-thing” approach might cause redness, dry patches, or dehydrated skin.

Problem solver: Make specific days (i.e. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays) your planned exfoliation days, so you don’t fall into the over-exfoliation rut. And if you find you’ve over done it in the scrubbing department, step away from the exfoliants and use a heavy-duty moisturizer until your skin heals.

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Here’s to kicking bad beauty habits and replacing them with face-saving ones that just might positively influence our bad fitness habits, too. (Okay, that second part may be a bit of a stretch but a girl can dream, can’t she?)

Are you guilty of any of these beauty no-nos, GalTimers? What’s your worst bad beauty habit? Share ‘em in the comments section below!

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