I was an esthetician, or a skin-care specialist, for a few years up until my epilepsy diagnosis. Having tremors and uncontrollable myoclonic jerking has made me step away from the profession but that doesn’t mean my instincts are gone.
With that in mind, I wanted to share some personal insight on not-so-great trends and habits for all you beauty gurus.
1. The Artis brushes and others like it
When women use Artis brushes and others like it to apply foundation, the brush drags and pulls at their skin (mostly in a downward motion). I purchased one to try, and I swear, I tried it with as many foundations as possible and no matter what, the brush just pulled my skin and dragged it in directions that it shouldn’t be going. This is nothing like a beneficial facial massage. Rather it’s premature aging with a hefty price tag and undeserved hype. Every time I see women apply foundations with these brushes, no matter how flawless it looks, all I can see are the wrinkles they are forming.
2. Makeup wipes
I take huge issue with the gurus that say they don’t cleanse their skin after using makeup wipes. No matter what brand they are or how gentle they claim to be, makeup wipes have chemicals in them that are not meant to be left on your skin. They were made for REMOVING makeup. If you are using makeup wipes and nothing else, quit it. Your skin hates you for it. If you have to use them, make sure you wash your face with your regular face wash afterwards. The residue left behind can cause acne breakouts, dryness, and even excess oiliness depending on your skin type. Also, never wipe over active acne pimples as they are likely to break open and have the potential to spread the bacteria around.
3. Pulling off fake eyelashes
Just stop it with this! The skin on your eyelids is so much more sensitive and prone to wrinkling than the rest of your face. This is why you start to see signs of aging around the eyes first. Tugging at your lash line pulls the lid downwards, and doing this regularly can cause premature sagging of the lid. Place a damp, warm cloth or a moistened cotton pad with eye makeup remover over your eyes and hold it there for about 15-30 seconds and wait for the adhesive to loosen. Wipe gently from the inner corner to the temple to remove the eyelash. This should require little to no pressure or tugging. The eyelash will slide off, and your eyes will thank you. Don’t go peeling them off cold, I know it feels good but it is so bad.
If you are always drinking from cups with a straw — quit. The long -erm effects of sucking your “juice” or water through a straw can cause those smile lines to go from 0-60 faster than you think. The face you make when doing this is akin to constantly frowning (but duck face instead). Is it really worth doing multiple times a day to not mess up your lipstick and then feeling the need to get laser or Botox when the wrinkles appear? Drink from a cup, and limit straw use. I don’t care how cute that new limited edition holographic Starbucks tumbler is – use a cup when you have the choice.
5. Pore strips and peel-off masks
The biggest offender of all time: pore strips and peel-off masks. Yes, that’s right, your beloved Biore strips are making your pores bigger over time. Ever wonder why you feel like you have to use them more and more? It’s because they leave your skin open and irritate your sebaceous glands. The act of peeling them off alone is rough, and causes your skin to react by producing more oil to compensate for the loss. And if the proper follow-up skin care isn’t used, they will remain open. It can even break the delicate capillaries that cause tiny red spider veins. IF you cannot resist using them, follow up with an acidic alcohol-free treatment and cold water to help close them up. Let the beauty gurus ruin their own pores, not yours. The videos may be satisfying to watch, but quit it. If you keep your skin regularly exfoliated and properly moisturized your pores should stay clean. If you need to get them cleaned, have a professional do it for you.