7 out of every 10 Americans have a habit that negatively affects their beauty, their health, and even shortens their life! Every day we do the same “innocent” things and don’t even realize how harmful they can be to our health. Using a towel to dry your face, leaving a razor in the shower, and brushing wet hair can ruin your good looks and well-being.

We at Enlighten want to help every woman stay young and flawless and found 17 everyday bad habits that may be obstacles to your beauty and health.

1. Wearing nail polish all the time

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If you can’t go a day without wearing nail polish, chances are you’re familiar with this issue. Dark polishes, especially those that are from cheaper brands, have powerful dyes in them that can stain your nails.

As a result, your nails will appear a sickly yellow color. To combat this, try wearing less polish in general or investing in better brands with high-quality ingredients.

2. Using a towel to dry your face


It’s normal for us to use a towel after cleaning our face, but that can work against our beauty. The towel is a good breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. Each time you use your towel more than once, you risk getting acne.

Instead of this, you can use special facial cotton tissue or just to skip drying your face as Korean women advise. Just apply skincare products on damp skin and that will moisturize your face even better.

3. Sleeping with an underwire bra on


Most of us wear a bra on a daily basis and they seem harmless enough. While the bra itself isn’t a problem, wearing an underwire one while you sleep can cause skin irritation and compress your breast tissue at night.

It’s also important to wear one that is perfectly your size and isn’t too tight or too big. Alternatively, a soft bralette is great if you like wearing one to bed.

4. Using dirty makeup brushes

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Cleaning your makeup brushes might not be one of your top of priorities in these busy times, but you’ll be doing your skin a huge service by turning it into a habit. By using dirty brushes, we’re reapplying bacteria and germs onto our faces over and over again and even potentially spreading it into our beauty products. In the worst case scenario it can lead to break outs or even infections.

5. Eating more than one teaspoon of salt every day


We’ve gotten used to eating salty food and don’t even try to control the intake of it. Salt can also be in cheese, sausages, and ready-to-cook food.

Reducing your intake of salt can help you to lower your blood pressure! And researchers say that women with lower blood pressure have less saggy facial skin.

You only need 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, which is no more than one teaspoon.

6. Over-plucking your eyebrows

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Less isn’t always more, especially when it comes to your eyebrows. Nicely shaped brows can frame a face beautifully, but be careful about how often you pluck since the hair will eventually grow back thinner and thinner.

Eventually, some of the hair might not grow back at all if you’ve been plucking your brows intensively for years and you might end up with sparse brows.

7. Leaving our razors in the shower