#1: You haven’t seen your real nails in ages
Gel and acrylic nails are great for keeping your talons pretty, but they also leave them brittle and yellow when you have them on for a long time.
REMEDY: Let your nails breathe once in a while to regain strength. Apply nail strengtheners (like the Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-In-1 Nail Treatment) to keep them resilient.
#2 Your hardly have any real eyelashes left
Whether it’s the use of false eyelashes, mascara or eyelash extensions, removing them can leave the lash line feeling raw and you’d probably end up loosing a few lashes as collateral damage. Cue vicious cycle when you feel bare without any of these enhancements.
Eyelashes grow back really slowly and any damage or loss usually means that you will have to wait a long time before you regain the volume and length you started out with.
REMEDY: If you wear mascara on a daily basis, consider a gentle eye makeup remover that requires little to no rubbing so that there is less stress on the eye lashes.
When removing false eyelashes, dab a little cleansing oil along the lash line to loosen the glue. This also helps prevents the loosening of skin on the eyelids in the long run.
Visit reputable eyelash extension salons who use only products that are safe. LIke gel and acrylic nails, you should allocate rest periods for your eyelashes so that they are able to grow. Apply lash serum and conditioners to boost its growth.
#3 You use dry shampoo in place of actual shampoo
We all love a good dry shampoo – they’re great for giving hair texture and volume, but they’re not actually a replacement for your hair washing routine. The scalp is an extension of the skin on your face, and like it, is subjected to grime, free radicals and oil. You wouldn’t go a day without washing your makeup off, so why wouldn’t it be the same for your hair and scalp?
REMEDY: Unfortunately for us folks, the weather does not allow us to enjoy our blowouts for a few days at a go. The scalp accumulates sebum and dirt daily, and it’s important to wash them off at the end of the day. Use a clarifying shampoo to deep cleanse the scalp and follicles, and if you find that the shampoo doesn’t foam up properly, you might need to shampoo a second time.
#4 Your skin is angry and red from the DIY masks you’ve been putting on
There’s always the misconception that DIY masks are better because they’re free from preservatives and harmful chemicals (We’d like to reiterate that water is also considered a chemical), but that is actually far from the truth. Although some beauty products contain food-derived ingredients, which leads us to believe that we can go direct to the source, the ingredients in the products are in controlled amounts. No two lemons are going to contain the same amount of citric acid, and leaving them on your face can lead to redness and allergic reaction. Don’t even get us started on egg whites, baking soda and honey.
REMEDY: Stick to safe skincare products that are specifically formulated to treat skin. If you enjoy the DIY element, there are powdered clay masks available where you’re able to mix in the water yourself to form a paste before applying to the face. Abrasive substances like baking soda and sugar should be used with caution. Acidic fruits like oranges and lemons should be avoided.
#5 Your skin tingles when you apply skincare products
There are two possibilities for this; you might be using the wrong products or you’ve been exfoliating your face too much. Certain products contain ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which work to lift dead surface skin cells. Coupled with physical scrubs, your skin might end up feeling raw and red from all the exfoliation.
Some products might be too harsh or dehydrating, triggering a reaction or tingling sensation when you apply them. It’s a good idea to introduce only one new product at a time instead of overhauling your regimen, so that you are able to zero in on the new product when it causes a reaction. Whenever possible, do a patch test first.
REMEDY: Exfoliate a maximum of twice a week, giving your skin around two to three days between each time you exfoliate. Try not to use products containing retinol, AHAs (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and BHA (salicylic acid) right after you exfoliate.