These maybe activities you undertake on a daily basis to aid with your beautifying process. But are you doing it in such a way that it’s actually ruining your skin in the long haul – and you might not even be aware? Today, I’ll discuss five of them based on my observation as well as real life examples being related to me.
1. How you apply your makeup may cause frowning wrinkles
I noticed while watching some of the makeup videos put up by beauty bloggers that they tend to make deep forehead creases when they apply their eye makeup. Most of these bloggers are young girls in their early 20s and hence, their skin elasticity are still very good and do not see or notice this as a problem. However, these facial movements, repeated over time, may lead to static wrinkles and result in a series of horizontal lines below the hairline and across the entire forehead. Stop making those deep forehead creases already!
2. How you apply your eyeliner may lead to fine lines
I have read some young ladies complaining that they have fine lines under their eyes and these cannot be removed no matter what they use. While there could be many causes for this, one of it maybe due to the way they’ve applied their eye makeup, in particular, through the use of eyeliner. The action of pulling down your lower eyelids will inevitably have an effect on the skin around that area. So imagine the damage if you’ve been pulling the skin hard and repeatedly every day. Stop pulling so hard please!
3. How you put on your contact lenses may lead to eye bags
Similarly, for those contact lenses wearer, do take note of how you put on your contact lenses. Be very gentle with how you pull your lower eyelid because if you’re over pulling your skin, you may find your lower eyelids becoming lax and resulting in fine lines or even eye bags. Be very gentle with your lower eyelids!
4. How much cream you apply may lead to clogged pores & breakout
Someone who sold me a face mask kept reminding me that I should not apply too much of the product. According to him, a thin layer is sufficient to do the job. However, I know for a fact that some people tend to over apply their creams and lotions with the misconception that more is better. Really, you shouldn’t over apply your products or it could result in clogged pores or breakouts. So read the instructions on the bottle – unless it is stated that you apply generously, otherwise, a pump or a pea size should be sufficient for most products. Stop thinking that more is always better!
5. How you blow dry your hair may result in more pigmentation
Susan of True Beauty had shared with me how one of her clients had developed a particular dark spot in her cheek area due to the way her hair was blown at the hair salon. It seems that while her fringe was being styled, the hot air from the hairdryer was contantly blowing on that particular cheek too. So if you have a predisposition to pigmentation, this is something you might want to take note of as besides UV rays, constant exposure to the heat could also result in excess melanin production. Check where the heat is being directed!
While these are of course not the only reasons that could lead to potential skin problems, but these are definitely red flags and many are unwittingly committing these because of old habits. So if you’re guilty of any of these, it’s time to break your old habit now!