Beauty Bad Habits

April 22, 2014 | By | Comments (5)

sun-damage_300A few months back, I posted about my nail-biting habit. I got many great ideas about how to quit from all of you. I thought I’d follow up and let you know that, although I have not kicked the habit entirely (hey, it was 43 years in the making), I have become more mindful of when I’m biting—and, therefore, more capable of controlling it. The tip that I found particularly helpful was to designate one nail as the biting nail. It lets you have your nails and bite them, too, so to speak.

Because that was such a success, I thought I’d put another one (or three) of my bad beauty habits out there—and ask you to share yours, too, so we can all help each other battle our demons. It’s not solving world hunger, I realize, but if we all help each other feel just a tad better about the way we look, I figure, it’s a small triumph at least.

So here goes. How do I stop:

• Picking my cuticles?

• Picking at pimples?

• Getting more sun than I should?

Oh, and while we’re at it, anyone have any great ideas about silencing negative self-talk about my appearance? A dermatologist once told me that for every bad thing I say about myself, I should say four good things. Discuss! And by all means, share your bad habits. No judgments, I promise.

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  1. Terri

    I used an exfoliating cuticle treatment to stop my cuticle picking. Used regularly, this formula gets rid of my dead cuticle. The cuticles look so much better and I’m more inclined to take care of them.

    April 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  2. Ashley

    Any good ideas on how to stop pulling hair from head out? If notice one that is Gray or really course in texture, I pull it out and before know it have started pulling lots others out!

    April 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  3. Robin Frink

    I have adult acne and often, it drives me insane. I have the most intense urges to pop them whenever I’m staring into the bathroom mirror but because of the information Ive learned, I don’t. Instead, I try to practice some of the skin care habits that the professionals have.

    April 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm
  4. Maria

    in re getting “sun” – look at the actress Julianne Moore. No sun, all beauty. also, adjust your makeup to suit your fairer skin. blacks and dark purples may look too stark; deep browns and khaki greens will add contrast and glamour, and show YOU, not the makeup.

    May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am
  5. Maria

    in re cuticles: whenever you wash your hands, use a towel (even a paper towel) to push back the cuticle GENTLY. follow with any kind of lotion. after less than a week, the cuticles will be GORGEOUS. then just maintain.

    May 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

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