8 Common Habits that Harm Your Appearance

· August 28, 2018
Before going to bed, you should always use a makeup remover, wash your face and then apply a moisturizer.

The problem is that in order for us to realize that these habits are harmful, the damage is sometimes already done or is just inches away.

So, today we’d like to highlight some of these habits, because we do them without even realizing that they’re hurting us.

8 Habits that Harm Your Appearance

habits that harm your appearance

1. Sitting with your legs crossed

legs crossed

Sitting crossed-legged is a frequent posture among women. In fact, many associate it with elegance.

  • However, sitting with your legs crossed actually impacts and decreases blood flow, leading to problems such as varicose veins.
  • In addition, it’s a position that causes back pain and reproductive organ problems. These problems result from the pressure that’s exerted on the leg for long period of time.

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2. Taking hot showers

Taking hot showers

Hot showers is a relaxing and adored ritual for many.

However, we don’t even notice that the hot temperatures affect our skin just as a the sun does by changing its natural balance.

Hot water might be why you have irritated, itchy or dry skin.


  • Dermatologists recommend lowering water temperature in addition to reducing shower time.
  • Also, don’t forget to use moisturizing products that aren’t aggressive on your skin. If possible, avoid moisturizers with strong fragrances as well as those with coarse particles that could harm your skin.

3. Combing your hair immediately after showering

Combing your hair immediately after showering

This is a common habit. It’s almost an automatic response, but it’s incredibly harmful for hair because when your hair is wet, it’s weaker.

So, if you comb your wet hair, there’s a higher chance that it’ll break and fall out.

  • If you want to keep your hair healthy, we recommend gently towel-drying your hair.
  • After, let your hair air-dry before brushing.
  • Regardless of the length of your hair, brush starting from tips, working up to roots.

4. Over-exfoliating

Over-exfoliating

Sometimes, we think that exfoliators are the only solution for a face free of blemishes. However, too often to people over-exfoliate by doing it everyday, increasing oil production or dryness in skin.

The consequences are exactly why dermatologists don’t recommend exfoliating creams. Instead, they suggest using peels that have a lactic or glycerol acid base.

5. Thinking pose

woman thinking about what to eat

We often go into this pose without even noticing it, mainly when we’re concentrating on reading something on the computer.

In this pose, our hand presses against our chin. Even if its just a little pressure, our hand slowly displaces the hyoid bone in a way that’s almost unnoticeable.

Though nearly unnoticeable, there’s an interruption in the blood flow and it results in a double chin. In addition, it also speeds up the process of premature aging in skin.

6. Touching our face constantly

Touching our face constantly

We normally touch our face several times a day without even realizing. We do it automatically but we don’t always have clean hands.

Touching our face can result in many skin problems.

  • Irritation and acne are common because dirt and bacteria build up on your hands that pass onto your face when you touch your face.

We recommend that you read: Why You Should Wash Your Face with Quinoa

7. Just applying facial sunblock

Just applying facial sunblock

The damage in the ozone layer keeps growing. It allows the sun’s rays to penetrate even more, thus causing more skin damage.

Too often do we make a mistake by only applying sunblock to our face, thinking that it’s the only exposed area of our body.

When we leave the the house, even if it’s just to go out back, we shouldn’t just use sunblock on our face. We also should use it on our arms, neckline and any part exposed to the sun’s rays.

By doing so, we can prevent premature aging and sunspots.

8. Going to bed without removing makeup

Going to bed without removing makeup

There are many times when we return home after going out and fail to remove our makeup. This makeup builds up in our pores, blocking them and leading to infections that can later turn into acne.

  • Before going to bed, you always need to use a makeup remover, wash your face and then apply a moisturizer.