The journey to find your perfect beauty product lineup can be a long and windy road. It’s no wonder that when you find a product you just love, it can be tempting to apply that baby every single day! But some products are not meant to be for everyday use. Now check out just what types of products we should avoid overusing.
No time for a shower? Trying to make that fab hair day last? Dry shampoo can be your mane’s best pal. However, this miracle hair-saver in a spray bottle can also damage your locks with overuse.
Using a lot of dry shampoo day after day can dry your hair out and leave it feeling brittle and crispy. A build up of too much use can cause breakage and damage over time.
When a busy morning has you racing out the door, grab your trusty dry shampoo and spray away. But don’t get in the habit of relying on it every single day. You shouldn’t use it more than two days in a row.
Giving your dry scalp and roots a moisture-rich deep condition is a must for keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy, especially in the drier winter months. But stick to the package recommendations of once (maybe twice) per week.
“Over-use of deep protein-rich conditioning treatments can be detrimental,” says Citrone. “Protein-rich treatments can throw off the pH balance of the hair and cause the opposite effect, making your hair break off. If you feel like you need more love for your hair, then incorporate coconut oil as a weekly maintenance.”
MEDICATED LIP BALM
We’ve all been that person digging through their bag searching for that trusty medicated lip balm. The refreshing and cooling finish is chapped lips’ lifesaver. But it’s a no-go for regular application. Annie Chiu, M.D., a dermatologist at The Derm Institute, recommends steering clear of using medicated lip balm on the reg, because you’ll end up making your chapped lip situation even worse.
“Overuse can cause your lips to rely on the medication to stay moisturized,” she says. “Use them until you are no longer chapped, and then switch to a regular lip balm.”
Primer is a fantastic base for a smooth, even foundation, allowing for your look to last longer and look flawless. However, your skin isn’t a big fan of its ingredients.
“Don’t use a primer ever single day,” Chiu says. “The silicone in these could clog pores with oils and sweat and cause breakouts. Save them for special occasions, and be sure to wash well when removing.”
Your lashes’ best friend, mascara, is a morning routine must for a long and full look. Thankfully, Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg isn’t advocating we ditch the mascara, but just watch out for the waterproof versions.
“It tends to dry out your lashes and should be used sparingly,” she says. “Put a coat of regular mascara on your lashes first and then use the waterproof to seal it in.”