Bad habits follow us through life. There are many that may seem impossible to break, but thankfully, when it comes to bad beauty habits, there are tons of products that make calling it quits a breeze. From makeup wipes to pre-shampoos to products that keep your brows in tip top shape while growing them out, check out our 10 favourite go-tos when it comes to breaking your worst beauty habits.
Sleeping with makeup on
We trust you already know the importance of removing your makeup before bed. But hey, we’re all guilty of doing this every now and then. To make sure you never skip cleansing (especially when laziness calls), why not keep a pack of makeup wipes on your bedside table? We suggest trying Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes ($10 at Burt’s Bees). Not only do they gently remove makeup, but these multi-tasking sheets use micellar technology to lift and trap oil, dirt and impurities — no rinsing required.
Over-plucking your eyebrows
It’s crazy how one or two premature hairs can throw off the look of perfectly filled-in brows. Instead of faking the brows of your dreams, grow them out and take a tweezing break. Maddox Lu, senior national education manager and national brow and trend artist for Benefit Cosmetics Canada, suggests grooming your brows every three to four weeks. We know the growth process can be tedious, so hide those baby hairs and sharpen the look of your brows with Benefit’s High Brow Eyebrow Highlight & Lift Pencil ($30 at Sephora).
Sunscreen has a bad rep for being heavy and greasy. So kudos to you if you wear sunscreen every day, because the ugly truth is that most of us forget (or don’t bother) to include it in our skincare routine. But in order to protect our skin from the long-term effects of harmful ultraviolet rays, SPF is an everyday must-have. Stay protected with Olay Total Effects Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 25 ($40 at Walmart). Unlike SPF face creams we’ve tried in the past, this one is light in texture and easily melts into the skin.
Taking long showers
As much as we love taking long, steamy showers, it’s important to recognize and reduce our water usage. To help cut down your shower time, environment-focused beauty brand, Love Beauty and Planet, developed a fast-rinse conditioner that nourishes and conditions your hair — without weighing it down — in just 10 seconds.
If you wash your hair every day, we hate to break it to you but you’re not doing your locks any favours. The truth is, synthetic shampoos strip your hair — and scalp — of essential oils and nutrients that promote strength and shine. Your saving grace: Dry shampoo. To keep hair looking fresh and clean, apply Klorane’s Dry Shampoo ($17 at Well.ca) onto the roots between washes. This dry shampoo quickly absorbs oils, eliminates odours and best of all, the formula is brunette friendly too. No white residue here.
Pumping your mascara to get more product
There’s this misconception that pumping your mascara makes it easier to get more product. But doing this allows the air to enter the tube and dry out the formula. That’s why we love the Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara ($37 at Sephora). What makes this mascara so unique is its soft and squeezable tube that keeps the formula soft and fresh. Simply squeeze the end of the tube to coat the brush and soften the formula from the inside, for smooth application.
Not cleaning your makeup brushes
Think about it: when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? The build-up and bacteria in dirty brushes can have a negative effect on your skin and can alter the finish of your makeup; so what are you waiting for? Yes, cleaning your makeup brushes can be quite time-consuming, but to make it easier, we suggest using Quo Solid Brush Cleaner ($14 at Shoppers Drug Mart). This conditioning cleansing balm gently and quickly dissolves impurities trapped in your brush bristles — mess free.
Avoiding moisturizer puts your skin’s barrier at risk and can lead to decreased skin elasticity and dermatitis. If that isn’t convincing enough, you can dodge that sticky, heavy feeling some lotions tend to leave behind by switching to a gel version or applying product while the skin is still wet. By keeping Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin ($10 at Amazon) in the shower, you’re way more likely to remember to put it on. To use, apply lotion onto wet skin and pat dry with a towel.
Picking at pimples
Although dermatologists warn people to not pick at their acne, we can all admit to popping a pimple or two. Constantly touching and improperly popping pimples can cause the spread of more acne, interrupt its healing process and can sometimes lead to infection. To resist temptation, speed up the healing process with a spot treatment. For overnight results, we love using Lierac Sébologie Imperfections Corrections Localized Concentrate ($27 at Lierac.ca).
Frequent hair colouring
The rule of thumb is space out dye jobs between four to six weeks. But if you find yourself hitting up your hairdresser for a touch-up more often than that (which can lead to hair damage), avoid using hair products with sulfates and alcohol. To really help lock in colour, we suggest incorporating the PHYTO Phytomillesime Color Locker Pre-Shampoo ($48 at Phyto Canada) into your hair care regimen. This ‘pre-shampoo’ helps lock in colour and reduces fading that naturally occurs during shampooing.