We've all got bad habits, but did you know that some of your bad beauty habits are effecting your skin? If you want to feel more beautiful and have healthier skin, do your best to kick these bad habits now!
- Biting your lips. This is my biggest issue, and you may be guilty of it too! It's a nervous habit that I can't seem to break, but I can tell you what helps--lip balm. It helps keep my lips from being cracked and dry, and it's also a good idea to apply it every time I feel the urge to bite my lip! I use Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm ($5.49 for two at Walgreens).
- Sleeping with your makeup on. Make removing your makeup a nighttime ritual. Skipping this step in your beauty routine can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If you've been out all night and you just want to crash when you get home, Pond's Clean Sweep, Original Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($5.69 at drugstore.com) will be your best friend!
- Comparing yourself to other women (or celebrities). Guilty as charged! I'm 25, but I still compare myself to celebrities like a nerdy girl in junior high. There are so many beautiful women in the world (including you!) that it's time for us to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else. Let's appreciate ourselves for who we are and recognize our own beauty! Believing that you're beautiful isn't vanity unless it's done in excess. It's confidence! (Besides, it costs Jennifer Anniston $140,000 a year to be as beautiful as she is!)
- Over plucking your brows. Okay, here's one I'm actually not guilty of, but it's one of my biggest beauty pet peeves. Eyebrows are essential to making your face look stronger and more defined. Plus, a strong brow is really on trend in the beauty department right now. While you don't want bushy brows, you should also shy away from letting your brows disappear into thin air. My rule of thumb (which works on thin or thick brows) is to only pluck the hairs that seem out of place from your natural brow line. I never try to reshape my brows either, and in most cases you shouldn't even try it unless you're a professional.
- Not cleaning your makeup brushes. I know, it seems time consuming, but you probably use your makeup brushes every day. The makeup can build up over time, and just like sleeping with your makeup on, it can lead to breakouts. I try to clean my brushes at least once a week with shampoo.