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Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

Me? I'm a picker- i just can't leave it alone, especially my cuticles.  Even though I know they will wind up worse off if I pick at them, I *just can't help it*  

Keeping my nails nice and my cuticles well groomed *really* helps... if they're not ragged to begin with I won't pick at them! I use a cuticle removing gel to keep them groomed and do my nails at least twice a week.

 

So let's hear it... what is your beauty bad habit? If you've fixed it, how did you train yourself out if it? 

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

Peeling my nail polish off. I always mess with my nails when I've had a color on for a couple days or week and once I see it's chipping and all I just start peeling the polish off my nails. And I wont stop till I can't do anymore.. haha. Yeah weird I guess.

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

I drive my husband nuts with this! He hates the sound of it but it's so hard not to do it! Probably not great for my nails either. 

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

 

I was a horrible lip biter! I just couldn't stop biting and picking at them.

 

I've tried countless lip treatments to stop so much skin sloughing off my lips. Some would work for a while, then I'd be back in the same boat again in a week or less. They looked horrible!

 

Finally, I saw the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Pink Ice Lip Balm on the clearance page for $9 and bought one. Smiley Happy

 

I don't know what it is about it, but it softens quickly without making my lips want to come off in layers. That was in March and my lips have never looked better! Of course, it's no longer available but I was able to snag a few more off an auction site before the price went higher.

 

It's such a relief and I just rewarded myself recently by popping for the Dior Addict Lip Glow. Love it!

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

picking my skin. It is a really bad habit of mine. ive gotten a lot better, but still notice that if I am stressed or upset I somehow find myself in the bathroom in front of the mirror.

 

(this was hard for me to type/admit)

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

i don't think you're alone with this.  My picking increases with stress as well.  I used to have days when I'd come home from work and my fingers were all bloody from picking and chewing at my cuticles.  My hands would ache and look awful. I wanted to stop it, but couldn't.  Even now, it is only matinence which helps. If i do get a jagged cuticle I'll go right back to my gross mess. 

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@nebel  I can sympathize about feeling out of control - wanting to stop but cant. 

 

Ive also noticed that being tired can also be a trigger.  So at night I make sure to cover my mirror while I am washing my face/getting ready for bed. Even if I have one small zit, if I see it I will start picking. So if I dont see it/feel it- i am totally fine. I think your struggle with your nails would be hard because you can see your nails all the time (unlike me, I dont see my face often throughout the day- only when I go to the bathroom).

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I was always a picker; huge scar on my chin from when I had stitches as a kid because I picked at the scab constantly. Worse part is I don't need a mirror to pick, I absentmindedly am always picking at something, even while typing away on the computer. Sucks, & I hate admitting it, but it's the truth Smiley Sad 

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

I hearted this not because I like that you are struggling, but that it takes a lot to admit this struggle. I always try to redirect myself if I start picking but sometimes I cant and sometimes I can. It is a grab bag

Re: Confess! What is (or was) your big beauty bad habit? How did you fix it?

@roxystar4 - you are so sweet!  I too can't control the picking all the time, but slowly trying to get better at it.

 

@dannyc - I'm just like you - I not only pick at pimples, but I pick at my scabs too.  It drives me so crazy to do it and it also drives me nuts when I try to keep myself from picking and scratching! 

 

I had a really bad allergic reaction to something (I still don't know what it is) on my legs and arms 2 summers ago that left me with itchy and irritated rashes that mirrored tiny little pimples for almost 3 months.  It was so uncomfortable that I couldn't sleep most nights and the only momentary relief that I got was to scratch and pick at them.  I finally got so fed up with myself that I put on gloves before I went to bed so that I can remind myself not to rip my skin apart.  Of course my scratching left scars on my legs that took almost a year and a half to lighten - and that's with the help of a dermatologist's prescription of skin lightener!  Ever since then, I put "scars!!!" on a post-it note on the mirror in my bathroom to remind myself not to pick at anything else.  So far, this has helped keep my fingers away from my face most of the time and my skin has gotten a lot better.

 

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