Monday, 29 July 2013

5 Surprising Beauty Blunders You're Probably Making

No one is perfect when it comes to their beauty and skincare routine, whether you slept in your makeup last Saturday or used way too much bronzer the night before, we're all guilty of making a beauty blunder every now and then. Unfortunately, some of them can lead to some annoying or more serious issues. Here are 5 of the most common beauty mistakes we're making, and how to fix them! 
Using these products before waxing
If you're headed to the salon for a facial wax, there are a few products to avoid beforehand. Glycolics and retinoids, which are common ingredients in many acne and anti-aging products, shouldn't be used for three days prior to a facial waxing. Since these ingredients cause cells to turnover faster, they leave your skin that much more sensitive and wax could even pull off a layer. 
Applying lotion after an airbrush tan
Lotion and airbrush tanning don't mix. This is confusing, I know. When you arrive for an airbrush tan, make sure skin is moisturized, but only apply lotion just beforehand on places like hands, feet, and elbows since the lotion creates a barrier and hinders the color from fully absorbing into your skin. You should also skip moisturizer afterward because it interferes with the DHAs, or tanning agents, that take six to eight hours to develop.
Forgoing a topcoat
If your nails are chipping a day after you painted them, it's probably because you need to invest in a stronger top coat. Do some maintenance on that fresh mani and apply the topcoat daily to seal in color and add more shine. A great option: Seche Vite dry fast top coat ($10; at drugstores). Also, try wearing rubber gloves when doing housework to prevent chipping or chemicals in detergents from breaking down color.
Slathering chemicals on your skin
Just as you wouldn't swallow harmful chemicals, neither should you be putting them on your body. We absorb chemicals through our skin, so your makeup and skincare products should be safe and clean. There are so many more options out there to buy products that are organic and made with natural ingredients, instead of chemicals. Apart from checking labels to ensure your products are phthalate and paraben-free, you can find out if your favorite products contain harmful ingredients by checking out the Environmental Working Group's database.
Forgetting to clean your makeup brushes
This is probably the most common beauty mistake that we are all guilty of. Grime, oil, and bacteria build up on your makeup brushes and can result in clogged pores, and breakouts. Ugh! So, it's important to clean brushes once a week. Use a gentle soap or baby shampoo with hot water, rinse thoroughly, and then lay flat on a paper towel to dry. (Check out the article below for more tips on cleaning makeup brushes!)
Are you guilty of any of these beauty mistakes?