For as long as we can remember there’s been a beauty trend, cure, or ritual for pretty much everything. Beauty vacuum helmets to simulate low atmospheric pressure? Check. Massive wigs that weigh a ton and are saturated with white powder? You got it. These are just a couple of the trends and methods we have submitted ourselves to for generations. So, with the slew of sometimes questionable advice, here are some of the current beauty rituals you can STOP doing.
1. Foam, Foam, Foam Away
Dermatologists say face cleansers are the number one thing they need to change for their clients. Foaming face washes in particular may seem like a good idea but they can actually strip your face of its much needed moisture and unbalance the pH levels. Opt for the gentle and trusted formula of Cetaphil for that clean feel without the harshness.
2. Once a Day Keeps the Dirt Away
Did you know that most people can actually get away with washing their faces only once a day? It’s true!
An evening wash is when it’s most beneficial because when we sleep, our skin works hard to hydrate, balance, and restore for the upcoming day. As you get older, the oils in your face become even more precious to have and the double face cleansing a day can potentially be robbing you of those oils before you hit the age when they matter the most.
In the morning, a simple light exfoliation with a warm, wet towel to relieve any excess product or residue is all you need. And hey, it’ll give you an extra 5 minutes of that precious sleep, so really, who can say no to that?
3. Consistency Is Key
Your beauty products should NOT have a high turnover like your clothes, shoes, or relationships. Skin products are where you want some of the most stability; the outdated advice of changing up products to avoid “adapting” to them can backfire on your skin by causing serious irritation from the continuous changing.
Simply stick with what you’ve found works for you. So put down the expensive cleanser that smells a little too much like grapefruit because, chances are, you already have the best choice for you already at home in your arsenal.
4. Say Cheese!
Tooth stains and the buildup of plaque are inevitable, but don’t go reaching for that hard bristled toothbrush to scour it all away. Dentists caution highly against using the harder bristled brushes and for good reason--the vigorous scrubbing can erode your gums and tooth enamel so that you’re essentially polishing those babies right out of your mouth. It’s the soft bristles found on toothbrushes like Oral-B's Gentle Clean that do the best job by gently buffing your teeth and yes, the dreaded flossing, that will make the biggest difference in your smile and ultimately, your confidence.
5. Well, I Fried
The internet has given us more than enough recipes for the “Help, I’ve ruined my hair and won’t leave the house looking like this” catastrophe that so many of us have found ourselves in. I totally understand that doing some things at home is a money saver, but hold off on the eggs, beer, mayonnaise, and every other food in your fridge--when you’re dealing with hardcore heat or bleach damage, you need more than the simple coating effects of household ingredients.
A lot of people say the DIY aids can do the trick, but damage levels vary and many stylists have noted that for the serious damage, some of these products can actually make it worse. If so, that treatment could be costly and lengthy. If your damage is deep, your stylist is your best bet for the help you need; they will be able to take a deeper look and give you a better idea on how to treat the accident at hand without ruining a perfectly good avocado.
Instead of putting those foods on you, the most benefits will come by putting them in you. The healthy fats that come from avocados, eggs, and coconut oil will help promote healthy hair much more effectively. So in this case, simply admitting to your crime can actually save you in the end.
By: Gioia McGuire