Carefulness and self-control are part of the healthy living routines we need, especially for these common beauty mistakes we tend to ignore as “bad habits.”
Skipping water while on cocktail: Red wine should be taken with caution, partly because it contains tannin and acid which make your teeth easier to stain, and for the fact that these additives are capable of damaging your enamel. Alcoholic red wines also dry the mouth and reduce production of saliva that helps clean up bacteria and acid.
Health experts advice drinkers to always rinse properly with water.
Brushing after taking coffee: Cleaning up your mouth after taking black, brown or white coffee seems right, and it’s true that these beverage drinks—including fruit juice and soda—contain sugar and acid which destroy the outer shell of your teeth (enamel). However, health experts advise against scrubbing them off immediately after consuming such drinks because doing so removes the weak enamel.
Instead of brushing immediately, swish well with water and wait for about an hour before cleaning up. Some smart consumers also choose to brush before sipping their coffee.
Swimming with dry hair: Because pool water contains some hair-damaging chemicals that can also change the color of blonde locks to green, swimmers are advised to:
- wash their hair with tap water before soaking up in pool water to reduce the impact and
- wash with an after-swim shampoo immediately after taking a dip.
Using too little or too much shampoo: It is true that shampoo washes off natural oils from your hair. However, depending on one’s hair type, too much of the chemical formula can turn your locks dull and dry. On the other hand, those who have fine, straight hair may need to wash off dirt and oil every day but experts say doing so every 2 or 3 days would be better. And those with textured hair may even need to wash once or twice every month.
Ask your hair stylist about what hair maintenance products or routines are suitable for your hair type.
Swabbing out your ears: Either as a feel-good habit or cleanliness routine, swabbing out your ears is one of the beauty mistakes you should avoid because the swabs, in fact, push earwax deeper and are capable of damaging your eardrum. So, the best way to avoid damaging those little bones that aid hearing is to let your self-cleaning body do it on its own.
If you have trouble hearing or notice something strange in your ear, a visit to the doctor would be necessary. Medical professionals are skilled on safe removal of wax from the ear.
Using deodorant to dry up sweat: Deodorant is best for masking odor. However, those with sweaty armpits are advised to use antiperspirants instead—because it quickly plugs sweat glands to stop moisture.
Users should carefully read the instructions to understand which products are better used at night or morning and those that are strictly for dry skin, sticky armpits and sweaty palms—of course, you can use antiperspirant there, too.
Shaving with a dull razor: You will most likely pass through the same spot few times to smoothen it, especially while shaving with a dull blade, and this might create small cuts in your skin that are capable of forming rashes, bumps, irritation and, in some cases, cause infections.
Health experts advise that blades should be swapped after every shave or, at most, a maximum of five shaves.
Scrubbing your face: It is not advisable to use a sponge or washcloth on your face. Instead, to clear dirt off your face, all you need is a light massage with the fingertips—probably with some mild cleansers. Wash your skin with cool or warm water once or twice each day.
Health experts advise that you carefully check the contents to avoid products with abrasive ingredients, including alcohol, and rinse properly after each use.
Washing your “private parts” with soap: You are permitted to soap up your super-sensitive areas such as the vulva and vagina. However, use of antiseptic or scented soaps should be avoided because they change the balance of “healthy bacteria” in those areas.
Douching makes you feel clean on the inside but some of the diseases and conditions associated with regular vaginal douching include: bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, ectopic pregnancy and vaginal dryness or irritation etc.
Health experts advise against use of harsh soaps, vaginal deodorants, scented swipes and douches. Instead, you are encouraged to use under-perfumed, plain soap for gentle baths every day.