8 Common Nighttime Beauty Habits You Need To Break

Posted by November 20, 2013 2:30 pm

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We’ve all got a few habits we need to break. Waiting until we’re out of socks to do laundry and going for that cupcake after dinner are harmless enough, but there are certain bad habits that really effect us in a negative way, and coincidentally enough, a lot of these habits go on at night.

Stopping these habits is possible, and if you grab a friend and make it a team effort, your bad beauty habits can be a thing of the past. Below we’ve pulled together eight nighttime habits that aren’t doing you any favors. Learn to identify the issues now so you can stop them and go on living a more beautiful life!

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Not Removing Makeup: This is the number one rule we beg you never to break. Throughout the day all kinds of gunk and grime builds up on top of your face (and the makeup you have on), making it the prime environment for bacteria to fester. Not only that, but your pillow will also get a good hit of all that bacteria, so you’ll be putting your face in it for nights to come. Just take a few minutes to give your face a good clean or at least a swipe with a makeup wipe. You’ll see less breakouts and more evenly toned skin once you break this habit.

Pulling Up Your Hair Tight: By doing this you can cause your hair to have serious breakage, and in some extreme cases, you can encourage a receding hairline over time. Let your hair relax and be free while you sleep, and if you think there’s a lot of breakage happening, invest in some silk pillowcases so you won’t break hair as you toss and turn in the night.

Checking Your Phone: Yes, we all do it, the last scroll before we hit the hay. In order to get to sleep and stay asleep soundly, we need to put the phone and other devices away and off. Studies have shown that looking at a bright screen so close to your face less than two hours before you go to sleep puts your brain into a state of not being able to shut off, so going to sleep will be much harder if you start scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. Plus, you’ll get less sleep and wake up with bags under your eyes, so it’s a bit of a lose-lose situation.

Skimping On Brushing And Flossing Teeth: Not only will this allow for some serious morning breath, but you’ll also be allowing all of the foods (and sugars in them) to sit on your teeth and gums all night long. In short, you’ll end up with cavities that could turn into way worse situations. Just brush your teeth.

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Staying Up Too Late: Skimping on how much sleep you get will cause red eyes in the morning, irritability, inflammation and increased stress. All of this can lead to puffiness, uneven skin tone, bags under your eyes, increased appetite throughout the day and more problems that will simply lead you to Google solutions for getting rid of them. Do yourself a favor and slip into bed around the same time every night to avoid staying up too late.

Drinking or Eating Sugar Right Before Bed: Besides the fact that you’ll spike your blood sugar and experience a rough crash shortly after, you’ll also be putting an acid (sugar) into your body that will sit in your body all night long. Combine this with not brushing your teeth and you’ve got a real situation on your hands. Put the soda back in the fridge and save the candy for the next day (if you must).

Not Switching Your Pillowcase Often: Between your face and your hair, there are a lot of oils (and subsequently, bacteria) that can gather up on your pillowcases. Switch out your pillowcase for a clean one about once a week to minimize the bacteria that your face sleeps on each night.

Not Applying Hand/Cuticle Cream: Considering your hands are constantly busy during the day, the nighttime is the best time to slather on hand cream and cuticle cream so that it can sit and really soak in while you sleep. You’ll be waking up with moisturized fingers in no time!

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