9 Bad Beauty Habits You Need To Break ASAP

Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? Have you already forgotten about them? Be honest with me. I still haven’t made any (oops), but I figured that now is as good of a time as any as I’m talking about bad beauty habits everyone should break.

We love to share beauty tips, but even the best hacks can be ruined by bad habits. Sorry to say, but no trick performs miracles that counteract laziness, improper care, or doing something that you’re not supposed to. I wish it could be different, but it’s not.

I also know how hard it is to quit bad habits. They’re called habits because we do them on a regular basis which means stopping them can be hard. But it is possible. I’m going to try my hardest to break them, and I hope you will, too. Here are nine beauty bad habits you need to break ASAP. 


Biting Your Nails

This is the one that seems to get most of us. What do we do when we're stressed? We bite our nails. Not only does it ruin your manicure, it's not good to the health or your nails or your teeth. Not to mention that you could be spreading germs and increasing your risk of infection. Do whatever you have to do to stop biting. Put bandages on all of your fingers. Coat with them that gross-tasting stuff, or get a very expensive manicure you wouldn't dream of wrecking.

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Popping Zits

I know that popping pimples is satisfying, but it's no good for skin. It actually makes the problem worse, because the pimple can become harder to cover up. Plus, it could lead to infections or even scarring. Keep those fingers away from your face and only use zit cream and concealer on that pimple. If you must get your popping fix, go watch some videos.

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Not Removing Makeup Before Going To Bed

Admit it: How many times have you been tired and thought, *It won't matter if I don't remove my makeup this one time?* And how many times have you continued to do it after that? There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn't sleep in your makeup. First, your pillow and sheets will get dirty. Secondly, it's no good for your skin. It can lead to breakouts and irritation, which means more problems.

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Not Throwing Away Expired Beauty Products

I know that you spent money on those products so you want to get every penny's worth, but it shouldn't be at the cost of your skin. When you use products after their expiry dates, you could get a negative reaction like a rash or red skin. If you're using old skincare products, they likely won't be as effective. Same goes with makeup. If you've ever used a crusty mascara, you will know what I'm talking about.

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Brushing Wet Hair

I know why we do this. Brushing hair is so much quicker than using a comb. But, it's not the best for hair. Brushes pull wet hair, causing strands to break or split. Things are worse if you like to brush your hair rather aggressively. *Gently* using a comb on wet hair is key because it will get out knots without ripping tresses out.

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Pulling Split Ends

Are you one of those people who is forever picking their split ends? Put your hands down.  Now. Pulling split ends doesn't get rid of them. It actually makes the problem worse because you're further splitting your hair. If you have split ends, let your hairdresser handle it. If you start picking your hair, you'll make it frizzier, and ripping apart each split end only makes it worse. Whoops.

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Constantly Touching Your Face

I'm not just talking about pimple popping. I'm talking about resting your face in your hand, rubbing your forehead, tapping your chin, and all of those little gestures you do that you probably don't realize you're even doing. Try to be more conscious of your actions because the more times you touch your face, the more times you're spreading dirt and germs. Not only can it mess up your makeup, it can also lead to breakouts.

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Waiting Too Long To Cut Your Hair

I've talked about pulling split ends. One way to get over the problem is to resolve to actually cut your hair regularly. If you're regularly going to your hairdresser, you won't have to worry about split ends. If you're someone who gets your hair cut once a year, if that, you should actually be getting trims every six to eight weeks. Really.

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Using Dull Razors

My legs hurt just at the thought of this one. Are you guilty of using an old razor over and over to save the trip to the store? Razors should glide smoothly over skin. You shouldn't be hacking at hair with a dull razor. Dull razors don't effectively remove hair. What's more, they tug and pull skin which can lead to irritation and even cuts. Rusty blades could even lead to infections. Yikes.

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What other bad beauty habits are you trying to break? Let us know in the comments!

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