What beauty sins do you commit? When it comes to taking care of ourselves and our appearance, it’s hard to do everything we “should” do, and there are all sorts of somewhat dangerous or taboo treatments available to help us attain beauty perfection.
My beauty sins:
Rogaine to regrow eyebrows
I just started using Rogaine on my eyebrows! What the heck, you are probably thinking! Remember when I wrote about my thinning eyebrows? They still haven’t grown back in where they were waxed, and the outer sides of them are totally gone. They actually look fine right now, but if they thin out even more as I get older, I will not be happy. Rogaine 2% is approved only to be used on women’s heads to regrow hair. I’m definitely not endorsing using it on your eyebrows, but I want to see if it can work to regrow my eyebrows! There’s not really even any evidence that it will work, since my eyebrow hair loss is not probably not genetic. And there could possibly be side effects, like facial hair growth in other areas, and I’m sure it’s dangerous, since I’m applying it close to my eyes. If I go blind, you can definitely tell me “I told you so.” So even though I write about skin care, I’m still tempted to do things I shouldn’t be doing, all in the name of beauty.
This is also my warning about eyebrow waxing and tweezing! Make sure you don’t wax or pluck hairs you might want to see again one day, since the hair may be gone for good! If I had to do it all over again, I would have been a bit more conservative with the waxing, and wouldn’t have as much hair taken away each time. I followed the trends, and had really small eyebrows for a while, and now I want them a bit more natural looking. By the time I noticed the hairs weren’t coming back in anymore, it was too late!
I cut my own hair
Here’s another secret that is sort of embarrassing…I cut my own hair! Because of my hair loss issues, and bad experiences at hair salons, I hate going to them, and just cut my own hair. It’s really easy to do, and even if my hair doesn’t look perfect, I don’t care, because I’m just happy I still have hair to cut! When I used to get my hair cut professionally, it really didn’t look any better than it looks when I do it myself. Also, I hate the way hair stylists yank at my hair and pull out huge balls of hair, when I have no trouble gently combing my hair without making a huge frizzy mess. If I had more money, I’d probably brave going to a hair salon again, and I’d get recommendations first to find someone that is gentle!
I dye my own hair
I also dye my own hair, which is sort of bad because I don’t actually like the way my hair color looks. I dye it about two shades lighter because my hair blends in better with my scalp when it’s lighter. Again, if I wasn’t afraid of the hair salon, and had more money, I’d want to get it colored professionally. I’d also like highlights, and when I do them myself, they look sort of uneven since I don’t really know what I’m doing! I gave up dying my hair for a year when I first had my hair loss issues, but I’ve come to realize my hair looks better dyed, and lightening it has not had a negative impact on my hair loss at all.
What are you beauty sins?
So, what are the beauty sins you commit? Common ones include not washing off your makeup before bed, tanning, smoking, not wearing sunscreen every day, and picking at zits. I’ve done all of those a million times in the past (except smoking). Dangerous beauty no-nos include using Accutane without a doctor’s supervision, buying high-strength unregulated skin care products and doing at-home peels, and doing hair straightening treatments that use high levels of formaldehyde. And then Botox, Restylane, and LipoDissolve injections can possibly be dangerous if you get an unskilled doctor, or an unscrupulous injector that doesn’t use the authentic solutions purchased straight from the manufacturer. Finally, I guess cosmetic surgery is the most dangerous of all treatments, since the side effects can be so severe.
I completely understand people’s desire to look beautiful, and understand why people are willing to take on risk in the name of beauty. Just be careful, and research everything to minimize your risk!