Truth time: Your so-called beauty routine? It’s kind of wrecking your face… and hair, nails, and teeth. From going to the nail salon to shaping your brows, these seemingly innocent grooming habits can go seriously awry.
Keep scrolling to find out the hidden dangers in your regular beauty regimen.
The “everything in moderation” admonition really does mean everything—even good-for-you vitamins and supplements. For example, going overboard on niacin (vitamin B3) can cause skin flushing, while too much melatonin (designed to improve sleep) may lead to skin darkening.
It’s not just pills you want to go easy on—look at your juicing habit, too. Consuming 1 1/2 cups of carrot juice a day would put an average adult female way over the upper intake levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Keep it up for too long, and all those carrots could lead to hair loss and orangey skin.
Try to get your vital nutrients from a diverse array of foods, and use this little calculator to figure out your recommended daily intake.
About staph: It lives on your skin, meaning it’s probably in your makeup bag or medicine cabinet… meaning it’s probably on your tweezers. Now imagine picking at your brows with sharp, unclean tweezers—you’ve got an ideal environment for bacteria (such as staph or acne-causing P. acnes) to enter the open hair follicle and create an infection.
MRSA, antibiotic-resistant staph, is pretty much the worst-case scenario when you use dirty tweezers. More likely is the unattractive stuff, ranging from irritation to pimples to furuncles (read: an epic zit).
Disinfect your tweezers with rubbing alcohol right before you pluck your eyebrows, and do it every single time.
Look closely at the celebs who rock long, flowing weaves and impeccable braids: You’ll probably see thinning, patchy hair around the hairline or crown.
That’s because wearing too-tight hairstyles (think ponytails, cornrows, and dreadlocks) on a regular basis can cause traction alopecia, hair fallout that resembles female pattern baldness. Traction alopecia is seen mostly in women using heavy weaves and tight braids, which cause hair follicle stress. And all that stress can actually cause scarring at hair follicles, meaning hair loss may never grow back.
You can still wear extensions and tight ponytails—just remember to take breaks.
Are you guilty of any of these beauty blunders? Sound off in the comments!