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September 13, 2021

How To Save Money by Avoiding These Top 5 Bad Beauty Habits

You’ll look and feel better too. 


 

I’m convinced there are two types of people in this world: those who dutifully wash their face before bed every night—and those who can’t be bothered. I was once that cavalier woman who woke up in the morning with mascara flakes on my cheeks (and on my pillow) and the remnants of a TGIF smokey eye. Sometimes, I even neglected to cleanse my skin in the morning and just added more makeup. 

 

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A recent poll revealed that 47% of Americans sometimes go to bed without removing their makeup. Avoid buildup and possible breakouts by washing your face before bedtime.

 

 

1. Sleeping With Makeup 

 

I’m not alone. A recent poll revealed that 47% of Americans sometimes go to bed without removing their makeup, while 44% admit to using hand soap on their face. Hand soap, people! Obviously, beauty slacking or putting physiological self-care at the bottom of your list has its aesthetic perils. Who hasn’t suffered a breakout after foregoing a few face washes? But with all the quick fixes out there—from Botox to lasers to teeth whitening to hair extensions—it’s easy to assume that we can reverse these ill effects of our irresponsibility. 

 

2. Skipping Exfoliation

 

Sadly, a lot of the damage we do when we slack takes its toll though. Consider skincare: If you put off cleansing away makeup buildup along with exfoliating your face, expect clogged or enlarged pores and breakouts. (As a middle aged woman, my skin gets lackluster and lifeless if I go to bed without cleansing after a few glasses of vino; our skin’s ability to shed dead skin slows down as we get older.) Those seemingly minor skin issues can lead to more extreme concerns like acne and premature lines. Yes, fillers can smooth wrinkles—but wouldn’t it be easier to wash your face and follow a healthy skincare routine? 

 

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Skipping your sunscreen is a big no-no – don’t forget to apply it daily.

 

3. Forgetting Sunscreen

 

When it comes to SPF, however, people forget that the consequences transcend cosmetic flaws. (According to a 2020 report on sun safety, 62% of Americans use anti-aging formulas but only 11% wear sunscreen daily. Oh, the irony.) Sure, you may be able to laser away stubborn sun spots with a Fraxel treatment or fade pigmentation with expensive creams. But according to L.A.-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu, our skin DNA has the memory of an elephant and sun damage will eventually return after unprotected UV ray exposure.

 

Then, there’s the risk of cancer that comes with being lax about sunscreen. The majority of the five million-plus skin cancer cases in the U.S. are caused by that very same type of UV exposure and the rate of melanoma has more than doubled in the past 30 years. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Having had a few keratoses or suspect moles removed and analyzed, I adamantly apply SPF to every square inch of my exposed skin throughout the day. (I keep miniature tubes in my purse, the glove compartment of my car and at my office.) 

 

4. Forgoing Floss

 

With cosmetic dentistry on the rise, more and more of us are tempted to neglect our teeth too. Why brush diligently when stains from red wine and espresso can be erased in an hour with a whitening procedure? I was guilty of that type of reasoning until I learned that excessive whitening can erode your tooth enamel and even cause root damage. “Queer Eye” star, Jonathan Van Ness once told me that flossing your teeth is the epitome of self-care. He’s so right. But according to a study by the American Academy of Periodontology, 36% of us would rather clean our toilets than floss our teeth. 

 

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Take breaks from bleaching / highlighting your hair and use a moisturizing mask once a week.

 

5. Ditching Your ‘Do

 

Now, it’s time to talk about hair. After decades of highlighting my thick locks and dozens upon dozens of blow outs, I see that my strands are strained by the chemicals and heat. There are signs of breakage. So I have to make a decision: do I continue to harass my hair and rely on extensions to bolster volume?  Or do I put the high maintenance routine on hiatus and pamper my mane with rich moisturizing mask—and a break from the bleach? 

 

As a reformed beauty slacker, I’m going with the latter option. I know that shelving self-care rituals that benefit my skin and overall health only lead to backpedaling with expensive treatments and specialized products. In other words, I’d rather do the work now than get the “work done” later. 

 

Monica Corcoran Harel writes a weekly newsletter for Gen X women about beauty, fashion and feminism—subscribe at prettyripe.com

 

Monica Corcoran Harel loves lipstick more than you do. She writes about cool trends and culture for The New York Times, ELLE, Marie Claire, and The Hollywood Reporter. Her weekly lifestyle newsletter about beauty, fashion and feminism—subscribe at PRETTYRIPE.COM—goes out to thousands of women every Wednesday.

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COMMENTS 9

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stylist0810


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Even being a Cosmetologist I still need a reminder to take care of myself.


jennabswit


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Ugh thank god for the plug for floss!!! Why did we as a people put it into a category of “meh not necessary,” as an avid flosser, married to an avid flosser, we don’t get where it fell through the cracks. It’s not that hard! It cheap and raise your hand if you left your dentist, looked at your bill and was surprised how affordable it is… no one does this. Usually if you have dental work you are looking at the bill thinking, they did apply my coverage right?? I’m still angry insurance doesn’t cover fluoride, which please people,... Read more


elyciarubin

I can’t get into bed without removing every ounce of makeup. And a weekly hair mask is a good reminder. Thanks Monica!


among1

The bad habits you share I will note and avoid. Thanks for this great article.
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christina40


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Wow! She mentioned EVERYTHING I actually do 😩. I’m in the beauty industry and constantly have to have my face on, when I finally come home at night all I want to do is relax and unwind and before I know it I fall asleep. Than the next morning I sometimes don’t remove all my makeup I just add more (not every single day) but more than I should be! Especially with exfoliating-I know this is a MUST but being so busy working (which isn’t an excuse) knowing I’m just going to be caking the makeup on again in... Read more


brianahernandez


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I’m pretty good about them all except for the sunscreen. I wear it when I know I will be outside for long periods of time but not daily. I’m working on it being more of a daily ritual. I just haven’t found one light enough and not greasy to wear under makeup. Any suggestions?


nikkicazenas

Yep, that's everything I tell myself in the morning when I'm feeling lazy to do my skincare. I would also add, taking collagen daily. I just started and I wish I did it waaaay earlier so I don't have to spend for all my corrective treatments now.


potionsandpatterns


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I used to sleep with my makeup when I was a teenager, and now I sometimes forget to exfoliate on a weekly basis. These bad beauty habits are a great reminder to take care of ourselves. Being kind to our skin can improve it immensely. What a wonderful editorial!