Top 4 Bad Beauty Habits
We all know that pain is beauty, and girls have been known to go to great lengths to achieve their ideal image, but is it worth it? Some of the things a lot of us do daily cause damage which is sometimes irreversible. Today, I’m going to highlight five common beauty habits that are not especially good for us, and alternatives to these.
Most of us have heard about the dangers of tanning but this is quite possibly the worst beauty habit out of all the others. Girls saying that they are going tanning is a normal topic at school to overhear. Although the sun is beneficial for increasing vitamin D, it is good in moderation and with sunscreen. I honestly do not see what is so wrong with being pale or even just a little tan from the natural sun. Sun spots or leathery skin is never going to look good and neither is melanoma. I have never tanned in a tanning bed, but some girls at school who do regularly are already developing premature signs of aging. Just think about what you will look like when you get older. Tanning beds are the worst for your skin because they penetrate the deeper layer of the epidermis which causes the aging to happen quicker and you are more likely to develop skin cancer. It’s kind of a red flag that tanning is not especially healthy when you have to get a parent to sign your tanning package. Natural tanning is not AS bad for you, but long term exposure can be harmful.
If you are willing to spend your money on a tanning package, then why not spend money on a spray tan? It is safe for you and may even look better than a real tan because there is no reddening of the skin or peeling. The Bottle of self tanning lotion (right) is priced at $7.80 for a 6oz bottle. This along with some bronzer can give you the desired tan look without the risks. Looking good does not mean that you HAVE to be tan though. Anne Hathaway is known for always putting on SPF anytime she goes outside and I don’t blame her. She rocks the pale and you can too! Pale skin works great with vintage bathing suits. You could even be a new trend starter this summer.
#2 Gel Nails
Although fake nails may look really pretty, they are very unhealthy for your real nails. Aside from this, they are also really expensive and becomes habit forming. What I mean by “habit forming” is that once your nails have started to grow out, you have to keep getting them filled unless you want to see the broken and soft nails underneath which causes most people to keep getting them redone. The glue that is used for gel nails eats away at the real nail beds and, if worn consecutively enough, can ruin your nails permanently.
The best alternative is to just paint your nails with regular nail polish, but that’s not always the most long-lasting solution. The next step down from gel nails is acrylic nails. The step down from acrylic nails is a professional manicure with a protective coat on top. Acrylic nails look cheaper but stay on and the professional manicure stays on your real nail so there is no glue. These are much better for your nail beds. The protective covering is the best option for getting your nails done at a nail salon because it stays on for two weeks guaranteed and does less damage to the real nails.
#3 Over Plucked Eyebrows
Besides the fact that they are not exactly aesthetically pleasing, over plucking of the eyebrows can cause permanent eyebrow hair loss so you may never be able to grow back the hairs that you have over plucked. Some girls have major problems with figuring out when enough is enough when it comes to plucking. It can also cause reddening and irritation around the eye.
A good way to avoid over-plucking is to get your eyebrows professionally waxed. You have to keep up with this though because your eyebrow hairs will grow back in a matter of a week or so. You could also do it yourself with wax kits or one by one. The best way to tell where the eyebrow should start is by taking a pencil and lining it up with the outside of your nostril. The top of the pencil should line up with the eyebrow also. If this is still too scary for you, you can always just get it done by a professional one time and then follow the lines they make for you afterward.
#4 Straightening Hair
Flat ironing and heat styling are very popular methods to do hair lately, but they aren’t always the best. Flat ironing for prolonged periods of time causes build up, burning, drying out, and split ends. It is obvious that the hair in the picture (left) is fried from over use of a flat iron. If you ever want your hair to grow long and healthy, the worst thing you can do is straighten it every day. It’s even worse to flat iron it without or go in the sun without heat protection on it. You will never have long, healthy hair if you continue to do this.
The best alternative to straightening hair is to give your hair a break once in a while and put it up, just blow dry it straight, or wear it curly/scrunched. It’s hard to say not to flat iron it at all, but do it as little as possible. It will become too dry if you iron it every day. The best way to repair your hair is to give it a deep conditioning treatment once to twice a week depending on how sever the damage is. Sometimes it is best to go to a salon and get it done there. I never straighten my hair ever since I cut it because it was too damaged and there is such a huge difference. I’m not the only one to notice either.