6 Beauty mistakes you are making now
by Kirsten Brusse
You never hit the hay before washing your face. You floss daily. But you might not know some of your seemingly innocent beauty habits are, well, kind of gross.
Here are some of the biggest beauty mistakes you may be making and how to come clean.
It’s been months since you cleaned your makeup brushes.
If your skin is breaking out, your brushes may be to blame. Makeup brushes and sponges can get build-up from makeup along with oils, germs, and dirt. All that creates a nasty breading ground for bacteria that can cause breakouts. Further, it can make your makeup application look less than flawless. I wash mine once a week, usually on a Sunday. Here’s a quick guide on the right way to clean them. I use this or this to clean them.
You don’t clean your hairbrush, either.
This was a recent revelation for me. I should have seen it, I know. I preach about keeping your makeup brushes clean. How are hair brushes any different? Residue from hair products, dead skin cells, and your hair’s natural oils build up on your brush over time. This makes your hair dirtier, faster and it’s not doing you any favors in extending the life of your blowout. The solution? A monthly scrub. First, use a comb to rake through the brush—this should catch all the hairs and make them easy to remove. Then massage your brush with a little shampoo, rinse, and let it dry.
You’re too tired to wash your face.
No, a one-time slip isn’t going to ruin your skin—but if you do forgo the face wash, make sure you change your pillowcase the next morning. An even better fix? Stash some makeup remover wipes (these are my favorite) by your night stand and give your face a once over before you drift into LaLa land. Make sure to pay your skin some extra attention the next day with an exfoliant and/or a face mask.
You take a hot iron to still-damp hair.
Perfume: you’re doing it wrong.
Don’t rub your wrists together after applying. It creates heat and friction, which burns through the top notes of your perfume and causes the scent to have a shorter lifespan. Another fragrance faux-pas is leaving the bottle out on your bathroom shelf where exposure to light and fluctuating temperatures can cause your fragrance to break down, discolor, and even go rancid. Stick it somewhere cool and dark instead.
How old is your mascara again?
Did you know that beauty products expire? Over-the-counter products like sunscreen and anti-acne treatments tend to have an expiration date printed right on the packaging. But for the average beauty product, the expiration date is based on when you start using it and where you store it. Climate and humidity will shorten a product’s shelf life (so the best place to store your stash in a dark, cool environment). Using a product past its expiration date could result in irritation, rashes, blemishes, or even eye infections – no thanks! Assuming you store your products in a cool, dark place, here’s the rule of thumb on when to toss each product:
Mascara and eyeliner: 3 months (always toss out dried mascara—never add water to extend its life)
Liquid foundation or concealer: 1 year
Powder-based products (like blush and eyeshadow): 2 years
Lipsticks or gloss: 1 year
Cleanser: 1 year
Toner: 6 months to one year
Moisturizers: 1 year
Hair products: 2 years
Sample packets: 1 day…seriously.
A good rule of thumb: if it smells funky, looks weird, or its texture has changed significantly—toss it! Better safe than sorry.
Hope this helps.