By Woman’s Day You’ve got your daily beauty regimen down to a science: wash, rinse, repeat. Your attention to every pore is immaculate, yet why oh why does it seem that, despite all that pampering, your looks are lacking luster? Unbeknownst to you, a few faux pas may be foiling your grooming routine. Here are eight bad beauty habits and how to break them:

1. Sleeping in Your Makeup

When you forget to wash your face, your skin has the chance to marinate in a day’s worth of debris and oil overnight. “The skin is unable to breathe, regenerate tissue, exfoliate dead surface cells and heal itself,” says skincare expert Pratima Raichur, owner of Pratima Ayurvedic Skin Care Spa.

2. Sleeping on The Same Side of Your Face

We can’t always control where our head hits the pillow, but repeatedly snoozing in the same spot can cause fine lines to become permanently etched, says New York dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. This is because skin is scrunched up against the pillow over and over again.

3. Cleansing With Water That’s Too Hot

“A temperature that’s scorching causes broken capillaries on the face,” says Raichur. The capillary walls are very thin and elastic, so they are reactive to temperature, she says. To keep skin balanced, always cleanse with lukewarm or tepid water. ON WOMAN’S DAY: More Skincare Advice

4. Rubbing Your Eyes

 “The area around your eyes is the thinnest, most sensitive area of the face,” says Dr. Graf. “It needs to be handled with kid gloves.” The more you rub it, the more it will stretch, she says. Since there are no oil glands there, the skin has very little give. Repeated rubbing or pulling on the lids, especially when putting in contact lenses, can cause skin to slacken and fine lines to form, she says.

5. Wearing Too Much Moisturizer

You may be extra-vigilant about keeping skin supple, but too much of a good thing can have a reverse effect. Excess cream won’t absorb deeply enough into cellular tissue, so skin won’t be able to breathe and pores will clog, says Raichur. Sometimes this can even manifest in dryness.

6. Drinking Through a Straw

Constant puckering can bring on premature wrinkles. Repeated facial expressions, such as pursing your lips, cause fine lines around your mouth to form over time, says Dr. Graf. The solution: Lose the straw and drink directly from the glass, bottle or can.

7. Wearing a Too-Tight Ponytail

The tighter the ponytail, the more prone the hair will be to falling out, says Dr. Graf. Pulling every hair into a taut tuft causes traction alopecia, a form of hair loss that leads to a receding hairline, she says. The good news is the recession isn’t likely to be permanent. ON WOMAN’S DAY: Secrets of Washing Hair

8. Washing Your Face Before Your Hair

If you have sensitive skin, this can be a real no-no, says Dr. Graf. Pores get clogged, leading to breakouts, especially along the hairline. Make sure you thoroughly cleanse away any residue from your face after rinsing your hair, she says. ON WOMAN’S DAY: Keep Hands Looking Young

One Response to 8 Beauty Sins You Might Be Committing

  1. Arabian Cowgirl
    Oct 12, 2010

    Excellent tips.specially the one about sleeping in your make up which is a big no no!!

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