Washing your hair too much. Shampooing daily is okay if you use gentle products and have fine hair. If you lather more than that or have thick or coarse hair, you’re stripping away beneficial oils your hair produces, leaving it dry and dull. Use a moisturizing shampoo once daily or every other day if you can.
You brush your hair when it’s wet. Your hair is at its most fragile when wet, which is why brushing or combing just after the shower is a major no-no—it can compromise even healthy hair to the point that it snaps from tension. To avoid breakage but still get the knots out before styling, use your fingers (and a leave-in spray, if necessary) to detangle and part your hair after towel-drying.
You’re using heat tools on damp hair. We don’t know why you’d ever do this, but we’re not here to judge. Wet hair and hot tools have no business together: the moisture in your hair will get heated up into steam when exposed to the extreme heat and form a “bubble” trapped in the strand, resulting in a burnt, brittle, severely compromised state that will turn into serious breakage-inducing damage.
Overmedicating pimples. We know, we’ve been there. You see a pimple you want gone STAT so you apply an acne treatment, once, twice, maybe three times in hopes it will magically disappear. Acne treatments like salicylic acid dry out the skin and it takes time to work itself into your skin. Apply a thin layer once or else you’ll end up with a pimple AND dry skin.
You don’t really know what you’re putting on your skin. The ingredients list is there for a reason—check it! The truth is that brands can put anything they want into their products, and some are less cautious than others. Unfortunately, there’s a wealth of ingredients out there that will do way more harm than good, so educate yourself on what works for your skin and what doesn’t.
Ignoring your neck. You should take care of your neck as much as you do your face. Use moisturizer all the way down your neck, and make sure to blend your foundation into your neck so you avoid that infamous foundation line. You don’t want to end up with a face that’s a different color from your neck.
You think you’re too young for anti-aging products. While there’s no need to bring out the big anti-aging guns at 25, using anti-aging skin care can never hurt. Prevention is key.
Applying Lipstick Onto Flakey Dry Lips We all get dry lips but the moment they start peeling you really need to take action. Exfoliate those puppies a few times a day until the dry, flakey skin has been sloughed off. The best way? Physical exfoliation is most effective: use your toothbrush after you’ve brushed your teeth to gently scrub off dead skin cells, or wrap your finger in a damp wash cloth and work back and forth over your lips. Slather with a hydrating balm and skip the lipstick until your pout is smooth and pretty again.
Not drinking enough Water Throughout The Day If you’re dehydrated, it doesn’t matter how much moisturizer you slather on your skin; it will be dehydrated too. That’s why it’s essential for not only your health but also your skin’s appearance to drink enough water each day.
Applying makeup in bad lighting If you’re applying your makeup in a dark room, in a blurry mirror, or literally while using your Macbook’s Photo Booth app (guilty), then it’s time you change that so you can get a better idea of how your makeup will look throughout the day and not just in your bedroom.