On average, a woman spends five hours every week grooming herself (doing makeup, waxing, hair styling, etc.) (1). And if you talk about her spending habits on grooming products, well, her monthly expenditure easily averages between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000!
Based on these stats, it can be safely said that as women, we clearly care a lot about our beauty regime. However, despite being so particular about it, beauty experts say we continue to make common mistakes, which we really shouldn’t! Check out the top 12 beauty errors below:
1. Not Putting Foundation
It’s commonly believed that putting foundation every day can cause aging. However, that’s not the case as studies show women who use foundation tend to have younger-looking skin (2). That’s because foundation contains skin-friendly ingredients that protect your skin from the harsh chemicals of makeup and environmental damage.
2. Not Applying Night Cream
Your skin needs rest at night as much as your body does. It heals itself precisely at the time when you’re merrily snoozing. So, if you want your skin to be damage-free, don’t forget to apply night cream after you cleanse your face at night. It doesn’t clog pores and speeds up the recovery process.
3. Believing Alcohol-Based Products Dry Your Skin Out
Alcohol may have a drying effect in general but there’s barely a cosmetic item that does not contain this ingredient. It’s used as a moisturizer (believe it or not), solvent, emulsifier, and antioxidant. In short, alcohol in cosmetics is safe for your skin!
4. Thinking That Cellulite And Water Intake Have A Connection
Don’t believe the advice that controlling your water intake will have an effect on your cellulite. Because it won’t, as water is not even remotely responsible for the cellulite on your skin. Your fat cells contain 10% water anyway, so how much you drink won’t make an impact. Exercise will though!
5. Thinking Regular Manicures Damage Nails
No matter what you hear, nail polish can, in fact, strengthen your nails. However, for that to happen, you need to ensure that you apply a vitamin-rich base coat and then your nail paint. This’ll help prevent microdamage on your nails.
6. Using Cold Water To Make Hair Shine
Contrary to popular belief, cold water actually plays no role in making your hair shinier (3). Rinsing your hair with cold water temporarily constricts your blood vessels, which prevents nutrients from getting to your hair. To make your shiny and smooth, you simply need a good conditioner. That’s all.
7. Not Using The Same Product For Long Because It’s Not Safe
That’s not the case. You don’t need to change your cosmetics once your current bottle empties out. Cosmetics really don’t cause addiction, which means they won’t stop working due to prolonged use. They need to be treated like your medicines. If you want good skin and hair, you should simply follow a good lifestyle.
8. Believing That UV Rays Don’t Damage Hair
Not only do UV rays harm your hair, they also weaken the keratin in your hair (4). This makes your hair brittle and dry, especially if you’ve been out in the sun for too long. If you want to prevent sun damage, use hair products with UV filters and avoid the sun as much as you can.
9. Using Serums To Tighten Your Pores
You may fall for the commercial claims about wonder serums that can magically reduce the size of your pores, but you’ll soon find out how false those claims are. Only your genes are responsible for the size of your pores. So, no matter what you try, your pores won’t tighten. They’ll just become less visible temporarily.
10. Thinking That Organic Cosmetics Are Hypoallergenic
Again, that’s not true. Usually, a single ingredient in your cosmetics is enough to spark an allergic reaction, irrespective of whether that ingredient is synthetic or natural. The only way to know whether you’ll be allergic to the said product or not is to conduct a patch test before using.
11. Using Products From The Same Brand
All companies launch product lines and convince you to believe that their products show maximum results when used with each other. However, your personal experience may not agree with that. Which is why you should buy products that actually suit you, even if they are a mix and match of different brands.
12. Applying Wrinkle-Smoothening Cream While Young
You don’t need anti-aging products until the very first signs of aging appear on your skin. Starting with them sooner than you need can lead to allergic reactions and even make your skin dependent on external agents for collagen production.
If you truly want to look good and forever young, you should heed the advice of specialists and not make the above mistakes. Stay beautiful!