Confession: I do not wash my face before I go to bed. Never have. IknowIknowIknowIknow. Washing your face before you go to bed ensures you never ever age and is the key to perfect skin and if you do it all your dreams will come true and blah blah blah…
But seriously, washing my face before I go to bed is the last thing I want to do at the end of the day. By the time I have the thought I’ve been swallowed up by my perfect fluffy cloud of a duvet, laptop burning a hole through a pillow that’s propped up on my lap as I slouch perfectly with a glass of wine in one hand while I watch old episodes of Sex and the City thanks to a three degrees of separation HBO go password (thank you, whoever you are) while I contemplate if I should get up to make sure the front door’s locked or take my chances. Also, I’m falling asleep.
All this got me thinking about bad habits (specifically the beauty kind). In addition to not washing my face before I go to bed, I also have a weakness for picking. I pick dry skin off my lips (a weird habit my bestie and I share), I pick my face and, inevitably picking leads to squeezing. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve tried to stealthily disappear into the bathroom for a quick self-inflicted facial without my man noticing. The problem is that it’s just so disgustingly satisfying. And I guess that’s the problem with some bad habits. Other bad habits are more about thoughtless, mindless repetition. Take for example nail biters—they almost don’t even realize they’re doing it.
There’s the lazy bad habit, like never cleaning makeup brushes or using old makeup—when you have 27 tubes of lipstick there’s no way you can go through all of them, which means that more often than not I’ll go ahead and use one…even if it smells a little ripe. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Prettier? Both?
And you know that super satisfying part of a manicure? (No, not the had massage). Cutting the cuticles! It’s hands down (sorry) my favorite part of the manicure thanks to my picking tendencies but just last week I was getting a pre-Mogador mani/pedi with my friend and when they asked her if she wanted her cuticles cut Allison firmly said no. I was like “No??? Why?” Allison explained that her Grandma had told her to never, ever cut her cuticles. And Grandma’s right. Apparently our cuticles protect our nails—if you just let them be, the less you’ll need to cut them (a little moisturizer or cuticle oil doesn’t hurt either). While I’m on the subject of nails: Stop. Biting. Them.
A couple others New Years resolution worthy habits to break: slouching, picking at split ends, and washing your hair too much (which is good news since my hair looks best a little dirty).
And then there are the things that you know you should do but never do: like washing your pillowcase more often, making sure to use sunscreen, using moisturizer, and, this new one I just learned: not using the same towel you use for your body to wipe your face (solve: paper towels). Ugh. It’s all so exhausting. Just thinking about it is making me want to hit the hay without washing my face and fall asleep on my dirty pillowcase.
But I take comfort in the fact that we all have them. At least I’m not clipping my nails on the subway.
What are your bad beauty habits? Anyone a picker? Any advice on how to kick the habit?