When you give beauty advice for a living, knowing that you, yourself commit secret beauty sins produces a heap of guilt. Whenever I get up in the morning and see traces of mascara and liner around my eyes, I feel that twinge of guilt.
Okay, full confession: I think a little smudgy morning-after mascara can look kind of sexy, so I don’t always
do the nighttime makeup removal and deep skin cleanse I tell everyone else they should do.
That made me wonder who else doesn’t always practice what they preach, so I called on my clique of beauty geniuses to reveal all. Here’s what they said:
- editorial director, InsidersGuidetoSpas.com
“Occasionally, I shave my legs before I exfoliate. I know I’m not supposed to do that because using a salt or sugar scrub after shaving could make my skin sting or end up too rough.”
Sin score: 1 of 5
. Why so low? Because it’s not a beauty boo-boo that’s likely to cause any long-term harm. And if you do experience a bad reaction, it’s fairly easy to soothe it with a quality moisturizer.
- blogger, Fabulously Cruelty-Free
“I like my face to be completely clean, but I don’t like to use eye makeup remover. I wash every night to get every speck of makeup off, which is probably causing wrinkles from all of the tugging. Yeah, I know: Use makeup remover!”
Sin score: 2 of 5
. I completely understand not wanting to use greasy or oily makeup remover in the eye area because I’m guilty of a similar sin myself. But, as Heather says, over-cleansing isn’t good either because it causes too much pulling on the skin and can leave it dehydrated. I use JAFRA Royal Jelly Gentle Cleansing Milk
on a Konjac sponge to carefully cleanse around my eyes (when I’m being good, of course).
- fashion director, market editor, stylist
“I'm guilty of not applying sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF on a daily basis. I feel my body and skin actually crave a little vitamin D to keep them glowing.”
Sin score: 4 of 5.
Kristina has lovely skin and I want to see her keep in that way, so her confession worries me. However, she lives on the East Coast, where the sun isn’t as intense as elsewhere, and she isn’t always outdoors for long. As long as you limit your unprotected sun exposure to 10 minutes or less, it does give you a safe and very necessary opportunity to synthesize vitamin D.
- fashion stylist, market editor
“I don’t always moisturize after washing my face.”
Sin score: 2 of 5
. As long as Karen only skips the moisturizer once in a while, it’s not a terrible faux pas. It depends on how much natural oil your body produces. If your skin tends toward the oily side, you’re not doing yourself any real harm by passing up additional hydration occasionally. As you get older, however, skin gets drier, so you’ll want to be more diligent about it as time passes.
- former correspondent, Allure
, blogger MicheleMode
“For too many years I failed to moisturize in the morning. (Shh, don’t tell!)”
Sin score: 0 of 5
. I’m giving Michele a pass on this skincare sin because she’s repented and seen the error in her ways. In fact, there’s a good lesson for us all here: We can’t fix our beauty mistakes of the past, but we can—and should—commit to the best possible beauty ritual going forward. And that includes moisturizing every morning!