Are your beauty routines ruining your skin?

beauty routines

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!

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  1. Annia says:

    Great tips here! Thanks so much ? I put in my contacts without any pulling .. Only open my eyes really wide. This usually works out for me.

  2. Jyoan says:

    Dear Annie, not pulling your eyelids at all works???

    I don’t if it is because I have very small eyes or something, but it seems that I can never wear my contact lenses just by opening my eyes wide alone. =((((

    I am so guilty of point 3. I know that my fine lines are caused by the constant contact lens wearing. Never used to have fine lines until I started on contacts.

    At least, I am glad that, according to this checklist, I am not committing the other “sins”.

  3. Connie says:

    I love makeup too much so I’m using anti-aging skin care to compensate my harmful activities *sighs*

  4. Leon says:

    Great info:)

  5. sesame says:

    That’s good! I still need to pull a little in order to insert the lenses.

  6. sesame says:

    I think most people have to pull over to an extent. Some pull the top eyelid, some the bottom.

    So you did notice some lines…I don’t think you pull your skin hard for sure but if you describe your eyes as small, I imagine you might have to pull a bit more and that might have contributed to the lines.

    Btw, I sent you an email. Can you check and reply?

  7. sesame says:

    The products probably help but try massaging those facial areas you think maybe a problem later too. That might prevent the lines showing up quicker.

  8. sesame says:

    Thanks! ?

  9. Nat says:

    Thanks! I gotta be more careful with number 4, amount of cream the most. Very informative, love this.

  10. pf1123 says:

    The first one may not be avoidable. I can understand why some girls need to make forehead creases. Their eyes are too deep. I have very defined double eyelids. Need to lift my eyebrows to fully apply the e/s.

  11. pf1123 says:

    I have under eye creases too…even though I don’t wear contacts/specs. Sad case. ?

  12. msiu says:

    ohh thanks for the great info…i didnt notice that..the way applying eyeliner can cause fine line too…i only know that everytime we remove eye-make up,we remove it.. must be upward and downward gentle when removing mascara & eyeliner…it also can cause fine line too…

  13. eliza says:

    wow~! great tips

    looks like i have to watch out when i put eye-makeup. i didn’t really noticed how i put them on @@

  14. LOLanne says:

    ooooh i never knew about #5!

  15. Jasmine says:

    Oh my goodness, this suddenly makes sense. I’m only 18 and I have lines under my eyes from arching my head back and looking at a mirror to put mascara…

  16. Blovet Beauty says:

    i love these tips… I didn’t know that I liked to crease my forehead quite a lot due to application of eye makeup and i have very heavy lids, so without knowing i crease my forehead to indirectly lift my forehead… so so bad for wrinkles!! thanks for reminding me !

  17. sesame says:

    Yes, just apply a sufficient amount. Before being told, I also didn’t realize that applying more would be a problem but because I always aim to stretch my products, so I only apply sparingly.

  18. sesame says:

    You’ve a point there…I don’t apply a lot of eye makeup, except some colors on the crease area so what I do is I tend to tilt my head backwards. I do have some faint lines on my forehead but I think mine is contributed by facial expressions.

  19. sesame says:

    The skin around our eye area is just too delicate. Look at Chizu Saeki. Her eye area is also wrinkled up even though all the other parts look good.

  20. sesame says:

    Yes, you’re right too that we have to be careful when we remove makeup. Another culprit is rubbing our eyes…

  21. sesame says:

    Not everyone will pull down the eyelid…I think it depends. But when I watch some of the videos, I notice some do so those may have a problem later. Personally, I don’t use eyeliner.

  22. sesame says:

    Yup, that was a surprise to me too…another story was how a doctor who used to go for IPL still had age spots…due to the heat from the autoclave which she has to open daily to remove her tools after sterilization.

  23. sesame says:

    But do you still have to pull your skin when you arch your back?

  24. sesame says:

    Is there another way to apply without creasing your forehead? I tilt my head backwards when applying eye makeup but then again, I don’t apply a lot.

  25. stella says:

    i guess some pulling and tugging can’t be avoided in some cases …but remember to be careful and to use your ring finger as far as possible, they apparently exert the least pressure

  26. pf1123 says:

    I have very wrinkled neck…just because I lie on my pillow and bending down to read at the desk. Very sad.

  27. sesame says:

    You’re right Stella and that’s good advice about using the ring finger. It’s good for applying eye cream too…and sometimes we forget about the pressure our fingers tend to exert.

  28. sesame says:

    Yeah, our sitting, working and sleeping positions really can affect how we look! And sometimes, being sick can also affect. One of my eyes was puffed up so badly and when it subsided, I developed bad wrinkling! ?

  29. Robin @ says:

    Terrific post! We don’t realize the things we do during our beauty routine as they are mostly habit and done unconsciously. Great tips as usual….thanks, Sesame!

  30. sesame says:

    You’re welcome Robin! ?

  31. lydia says:

    heyy check out this! dont have to pinch the contacts out when taking out the lens. thought this is good news. i kept ‘scratching’ the whites of my eyes when taking out the contacts.

  32. Yvette says:

    Thank you for these great tips! I should print this out and post it on my bathroom mirror. I do some of these bad habits >_<

  33. sesame says:

    You’re welcome!

  34. sesame says:

    I’ll take a look later. Thanks for the link! I sometimes pinch the whites of my eyes too!

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