It may sound crazy but the very things that you do during your daily beauty routine could actually backfire. Sometimes we get so used to our routine that we don’t realize when we are doing more harm than good. If you need a reality check, read on to see what bad habits you should break in order to save your beauty routine.
When it comes to getting a whiter and brighter smile, many of us turn to bleaching to get instant pearly whites without a trip to the dentist’s office. Although the do-it-yourself kits are known for being affordable, easy to use and convenient, overusing them can in fact do more damage than you would think. Because these kits are handy for whenever you feel the need to use them, many people are bleaching their teeth excessively.
Overexposing your teeth to peroxide can cause porous (holes) tooth enamel, irritated gums and sensitivity of the teeth when exposed to the heat or cold. Get yourself into the habit of only bleaching your teeth no more than once every six months, no longer than 20 days in a row. For those who are experiencing the symptoms listed above, stop bleaching completely until the symptoms get better and brush with a toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate, which will keep the pain away. Also try spreading fluoride toothpaste over your teeth and leaving it on overnight. This method helps build back the strength of your enamel and works to remineralize lost enamel.
When it comes to your hair, you only want to look our best when you step outside each day. But the very products you use on a daily basis to keep your hair looking great can cause greater damage. If you’re using voluminizing mousses, gels and sprays that contain a lot of alcohol and heavy polymers, daily application of these products in your hair can lead to buildup on the hair and scalp, which can weigh the hair down.
The alcohol does its own damage by stripping away the hair’s natural moisture. Wash your locks once a week with a good clarifying cleanser that contains residue-removing acids. Cider vinegar is a good ingredient that works to remove buildup. Switch your unhealthy voluminizing products for ones that don’t contain alcohol and use water-soluble ingredients. Instead of trusting these products for giving your hair volume, try certain hair styling tricks that give you natural volume and height.
Skincare and beauty experts stress the importance of exfoliating the skin to remove layers of dry and dead skin cells but there is truth to the saying that too much of something isn’t good for you. Overusing facial scrubs can not only remove the layers of dead skin, but also rub off your complexion’s natural protective layer. This can leave you with red, raw and splotchy skin. To avoid ruining your skin, switch to a facial scrub that uses smooth synthetic beads instead of walnut shells or apricot seeds that can be too harsh.
No matter your skin type, limit exfoliating to no more than twice a week. You should never exfoliate daily. For skin that is suffering from over exfoliation, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to relieve inflammation and stick to fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizer so it doesn’t aggravate the damage. Also stay away from toner during this time.