With beauty comes great responsibility. For yourself, that is. We all have similar responsibilities of taking great care of our skin because after all, it’s what separates and protects us from environmental harm and keeping every part of us in one piece.
As much as we want to give it the utmost attention we could ever give, there are some bad habits we’ve formed over the years that could be harmful to our skin. Is there really such a thing? Well, let’s find out.
Here are the 6 worst habits you need to break if you want your beauty regime to work well.
It’s easy to get lazy after a hard day’s work, but can you imagine what happens when you're sleeping in your makeup? Forget what Kim Kardashian said about salvaging it the next day or two because this is just not a “beauty secret” your skin will appreciate.
Keeping it on during slumber puts your skin at risk of getting clogged pores. All that sweat, oil, and bacteria build-up will result in your skin breaking out, which is even more difficult to get rid of than just removing all your makeup every night, don’t you think so?
Sleeping with your eyeshadow and eyeliner on can transfer the products to your eyes. Now, we don’t really need to tell you how delicate eyes are prone to itching and infection. No matter how perfect that crease cut maybe, it’s just not worth the risk to keep it on only to find yourself having red-eye the next morning.
Keeping your mascara for extended periods of time can also weaken your eyelashes and prevent them from growing properly. Sure, you can always wear falsies if that serves you well, but then do you really want to risk not having your natural lashes?
So, unless you want any of these to happen, resist the temptation of hopping on to your bed for a bit and do your nighttime routine properly.
We recommend doing a double cleanse to make sure no makeup remains on the skin. After removing your makeup with an oil-based cleanser, follow up with a gentle water-based natural face cleanser like Viva Glow Green Tea Cleanser. It’s best at getting rid of dirt and makeup from your face without over-drying the skin. Plus, it’s formulated with Green Tea and Aloe Vera to kill bacteria that causes acne.
Massage Viva Glow Green Tea Cleanser on your face in a gentle circular motion to remove the remaining gunk and makeup. Wash with warm water and pat dry.
Additional tip:Follow up with our refreshing Rosewater Tonerto soothe and hydrate your skin before moving on to your nighttime moisturizer.
Did you know that our body is composed of 50% to 60% water? Anything less than that and your organs are at risk of malfunctioning and not being able to do what they do best.
Your skin is also an organ, in fact, the largest organ in your body. It’s made up of cells that need water to work well. Not getting enough water into your body can greatly affect your skin’s elasticity, making it tight, dry, and flaky.
Dry skin breaks very easily because it cannot keep your invisible barrier thick enough to protect you from bacteria and diseases in your environment.
Drinking water regularly helps boost your organ functions and keep them working efficiently. It also helps get rid of toxins within the body. Getting enough water into your body also helps support your skin’s hydration level to help keep its resilience from environmental damage.
But your skincare shouldn’t stop there.
While it’s true that drinking water does wonders in hydrating and lubricating the body, when it enters your system, it passes through all your different organs before reaching your skin.
So what do you do?
Increase your regular water intake. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day and see how much it makes a difference to your skin.
Boost your skin’s hydration by applying an ultra-nourishing moisturizer. After facial cleansing, your pores are wide open and ready to absorb all the products you put on your face.
You can have the same effect by washing your face with warm water, patting it dry, then apply your favorite moisturizer.
Introduce hyaluronic acid to your skincare. This substance is naturally present in our skin and body. And it’s best at attracting and holding water to the skin. In addition to its hydrating properties, hyaluronic acid also helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is usually found in moisturizers, like Viva Glow Ocean Mineral Moisturizer, but you can also find this ingredient in serums like our Peptide Complex Serum to give you the ultimate results.
There are many reasons why neglecting to clean your makeup brushes is a bad idea. Your makeup brush picks up and accumulates dead skin, makeup, and bacteria as you use it and becomes home to dust and dirt as it sits in your vanity mirror.
Using an unclean brush transfers all those yucky buildups to your face, which then leads to breakouts. We’re talking about pimples, redness, and irritation. So, if you’re thinking about getting clean and clear skin, we recommend breaking this bad beauty habit FAST.
We recommend cleaning your brushes at least once a week to get rid of all those nasties to keep bacteria away. Wet your brush with warm water. Swirl it around with a small drop of mild antibacterial soap, or baby shampoo. Massage gently until you feel that all the gunk is cleaned and run it under warm water again.
You may have to rinse and repeat the same process on brushes that you use more product on for good measure. After that, squeeze out as much water as you can on a paper or cotton towel, then lay flat to air dry. Make sure to put them on a clean and dry area in your house to make sure all the moisture is removed to prevent bacterial infestation.
Imagine sharing your favorite lip gloss with someone who may have an infection that you both don’t know. The chances are pretty high, so it’s best to eliminate the source from the very beginning.
What’s the best thing to do? Never share your makeup with anybody else. Treat it like a toothbrush. You would never share your toothbrush with anyone (hopefully) because it’s unsanitary. The same goes for your makeup. It’s a very personal item that only you should use. In extension, never share your makeup tools with anyone as germs and bacteria can also accumulate there (have you read #3 on this list?).
Putting your body through intense physical exercise opens your oil glands and pores in an effort to breathe. But at the same time, widely opened pores invite many things to come through.
When you sweat, dirt, and makeup combine, your pores can get clogged so your skin can’t breathe. When that happens, a chaotic combination of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples will dominate your face.
While it’s not ideal to be wearing makeup while working out, there’s no bible that will tell you that you can’t do it, but it’s important to know what happens to your skin if you still want to and what you can do about it.
If this is one beauty habit you just can’t break, don’t worry too much about it. Do what you want to do if it boosts your confidence. But just make sure to put fresh makeup on a clean face before your workout routine. Try to keep it to a minimum, too, as the heavier your makeup, the worse it can clog your pores. Keep it lightweight and oil-free. We recommend using all-natural beauty products as they’re safe on skin and won’t clog your pores as much.
Avoid putting eye makeup as much as possible. Eye makeup can melt in high temperature (when you’re body is physically active) and get to your eyes and cause irritation (plus, a smeared up eyeliner isn’t going to make panda eyes a trend now, will it?).
Follow up with an effective after-workout routine to make sure you get rid of all that makeup, dirt, and sweat that’s been sitting in your face while you exercise. Use natural skincare products that are powerful in cleaning and maintaining the natural properties of your skin.
Your pillowcase is an all-you-can-eat buffet for bacteria and germs that can cause skin breakouts and acne. If you have acne on your cheeks, then your pillowcase may be the likely culprit.
Your pillowcase accumulates dirt, makeup, oil, and dead skin cells which becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Not changing them regularly reintroduces all the dirt and bacteria to your face. It becomes a vicious cycle which makes it hard for you to oust your acne problems once and for all.
It’s best to change your pillowcases at least once a week, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Make sure to also wash your pillows every six months as they are very porous and can also attract bacteria that may have seeped through the pillowcases.
Additional tip:If for some reason you really can’t change sheets and pillowcases regularly, another thing you can do is put a clean cotton cloth over your pillow and change it every one or two days. Call it a hack if you want. It will add a few pieces to your regular laundry, but hey, if it works, right?
A great skincare routine is the perfect foundation to keep your skin looking great and being at its best possible state. Eliminate these bad beauty habits and replace them with clean, healthy ones. In addition, switching to natural and organic skincare products will not only help in making your skin beautiful, but it will also help keep our environment safe from harmful chemicals.
Check out our organic, cruelty-free collection so you can give your skin the best care it deserves.