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Good Grooming Habits That Can Actually Age You

5 "Good" Beauty Habits That Can Actually Harm

Most of us stay groomed to be healthy and look nice. Too much of any good thing can be bad, though, and there are some personal care activities you're engaging in that can be surprisingly harmful. To find out what healthy habits aren't all they're cracked up to be, just keep reading.

  • Bathing: Showering and taking baths are both delightful and pretty necessary, but all that warm water destroys your skin's lipid barrier and sloughs off its top protective layer. The solution? Take short showers, and keep your water warm or tepid — never hot.
  • Shampooing: Unless you have the finest, thinnest hair around, shampooing every day may be making your scalp oilier and drying your hair out at the same time. Try shampooing every couple of days instead. Your scalp may initially be oilier, but after a couple of weeks, it should find a more natural balance.
  • Exfoliating/shaving: Both of these can be very bad irritants and may cause inflammation if you have naturally sensitive skin.
  • Drinking water: Staying hydrated is important, but drinking tons of water doesn't actually make your skin better. Too much can leave you looking puffy and bloated.
  • Using straws:Trying to protect your teeth from the acid in soda is a noble goal, but when you purse your lips around a drinking straw, you're actually creating lines around your mouth the same way a smoker does with cigarettes. Use a glass (and cut down on the soda while you're at it).
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prencesschris prencesschris 6 years
woah nice to know, i wash my hair every some days because i get awful dandruff buildup
Kelly-O Kelly-O 6 years
The volume of water you would have to drink to be harmful is much more than your average person probably drinks in a day. Never mind that water is better for you than coffee, tea, sodas, or flavored "mineral/vitamin" waters. If your water-drinking habits are making you feel bloated it's probably time to look at your overall habits - do you consume too much caffeine, sodium, or something else that may contribute to bloating and puffiness? And showering? We're now trying to say that basic rules of hygiene like showering and shampooing are bad for you? Perhaps in excess, however I'm quite disappointed in the list - I would rather look my age, with the associated wrinkles and need for another moisturizer than come to work with dirty hair or not fully showered. I do not understand why we as a society seem to be so afraid of aging, or looking the age we are.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I wash my hair every other day. It gets that dried out look if I shampoo everyday. It also helps, as the article points out, to use lukewarm water.
Krissy90220 Krissy90220 6 years
I only shampoo every blue moon and my hair and scalp are always clean. I wash my hair using conditioner every few days.
Rosay77 Rosay77 6 years
I need to shampoo daily or else my dandruff acts up.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Thanks! I was thinking of looking at some cheaper brands. As much as I love it, using the Ojon one as often as I do is starting to get costly.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
*Batiste. grr spell check
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
I LOVE dry shampoo but a word of warning to ladies who may try it for the first time after reading this post- TRESemmé's dry shampoo sucks, plain and simple. If you're looking for a good budget-friendly product, try Baptiste.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I wash my hair twice a week or so during the winter. I know it sounds disgusting, but my hair is used to it now and I always get compliments on how good it looks. I do use dry shampoo almost every day to make sure the roots don't look too oily and to perk up the roots, which I think is part of the reason I get frequent compliments. Dry shampoo is seriously my favorite beauty find of the past few years!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 6 years
Personally I'd rather get lines around my mouth than bad teeth. So I'll stick to the straws. And I'm so glad someone else pointed out that you shouldn't be washing your hair every day. I have thick hair and I only wash it every other day. I've found my hair feels amazing after a wash if it hasn't been washed in a few days. And dry shampoo and hairsprays can do wonders to keep hair nice between washings. Not to mention spray hair perfume in it.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
But if you suffer from menstrual bloating, you're supposed to drink more water so that your body doesn't retain it. I don't feel that the fourth point is correct.
sofalove sofalove 6 years
last time i checked water has never done the body rather have puffy bloated skin then rough acne ill stick to drinking water (btw how can u tell people not to drink to much water?) hmmm..very strange
Auriel Auriel 6 years
I don't know if I can ever go to shampooing every other day. My hair just gets way too oily the next day. My hair isn't extremely thin or fine, but it is a little.
SFCA SFCA 6 years
Straws!?!??! Geez.
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