Two weeks ago, Alan and I hosted some friends from Houston for the weekend. We attended Mardi Gras ball that Saturday night, so we ended up getting back to the house pretty late (of course, anything past 9:00 PM is late to me these days). As we visited in the living room, I ended up falling asleep on the couch with a full face of makeup. The next morning, as my friend Rebecca and I sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee, I told her that the first thing I had to do when I woke up was wash my face, because I hate the way my skin feels if I fall asleep while wearing makeup. This led us into a discussion about some of our worst beauty habits, and how, despite our knowledge of their negative consequences, we can’t seem to break them. During our conversation, I was surprised at how many of my bad habits were simple things, like not taking off my makeup before bed, and realized how easy it would be for me to fix those habits without adding anything extra to my daily routine. I’ve compiled my list of bad habits below:
1. Not taking off my makeup before going to bed. As I’ve already discussed, this is, by far, my worst beauty habit, because it’s the one I do most often. Normally, when I finally stumble back to bed at night, I’ve already been asleep on the couch for at least an hour, so it can be hard to motivate myself to wake up enough to take off my makeup and wash my face. However, over the last few weeks, I have been making it a point to at least wipe off my makeup with a cleansing wipe, such as those made by Burt’s Bees or Yes to Cucumbers. While it’s not as good as fully washing my face, it gets the job done and is gentle enough on my skin to not cause breakouts or irritation.
2. Tanning. While I’m not guilty of this anymore, tanning is one of the worst beauty habits I’ve ever had. In high school and college, I went to the tanning beds almost year round. And, although it’s been years since I’ve been to a tanning bed, I still worry about the damage I did to my skin when I was younger. Now, when I need some color, I use self tanner. My favorite is Jergens Natural Glow lotion. It provides just the right hint of color without the medicinal odor a lot of self tanners have.
3. Not drinking enough water during the day. Although I never miss my morning cup of coffee, keeping up with my water intake during the day can be a challenge, simply because I don’t always remember to drink enough. To help myself with this, I’ve started keeping bottled water on my desk to act as a visual reminder. Even when I make it a point to drink three glasses a day (which is way less than the recommended eight), I can definitely tell a difference in my skin and how I feel.
4. Not getting enough sleep at night. Since my days normally start at 5:00 AM, I’m lucky if I get about six hours of sleep at night. Even though I spend 9-10 hours at work each day, I’m still guilty of bringing stuff home with me to complete after my evening workout and cooking dinner, which means I can easily stay awake till midnight most nights if I don’t actively pay attention to the time. To help with this, I’ve started setting an alarm for myself to go off in the evening; so, no matter where I’m at in my work, I stop and leave it for the night.
Although everything on here is a relatively easy fix, compiling them all into a list has helped me to actively work on making sure I don’t continue to perpetuate these bad habits.