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Confessions of a Beauty Product Junkie

Written by Astrid Benitez for NSIDE M.D. Magazine
Image Some may be asking themselves what exactly is a beauty product junkie?

A beauty product junkie is one who consistently purchases and/or overuses various skin, body, makeup and hair products. While taking care of oneself is important, it’s also necessary to take caution so it’s not overdone. This is possible, believe it or not.

With beauty products and their enticing advertisements flooding stores, radios, televisions, and the internet, promising the best results and astonishing satisfaction, it’s hard not to be a beauty product junkie. The next best thing is always going to be out there. Whether it’s for your face, body, hair, or nails it’s imperative you are consistently using the right products and using them wisely.

Most junkies experience the same pitfalls and upset in the satisfaction department. The products are purchased and used for a fraction of the amount of time it would take for them to kick in and actually make a change. Most products, no matter what function they are used for, will take 4 to 8 weeks to see some kind of change or improvement. Aside from possibly having too high of hopes from a product, a junkie cannot resist a sale or a good deal. For those who have been to Bath and Body Works or Victoria’s Secret during one of their sales, the hard-to-resist factor is easy to understand. Are seven shower gels and body lotions really necessary? Probably not but they were on sale.

Here are a few tips to remember when it comes to beauty products:
• Do not over treat skin. Most believe their skin is “sensitive” and it’s because of the acidic products that are used. It happens all the time.
• Keep a daily skin care regimen down to four products. By using more, more harm than good is a big possibility.
• For hair, face, and nails use what’s been bought until it’s finished! If it’s not getting the job done return it and replace it. Too often a product is pushed to the side and then put back into “the rotation” when it’s stumbled upon months later. That’s highly unsanitary and unhygienic. Bacteria will grow in those products.
• Be consistent when using beauty products that address a specific concern or problem area. Be patient and allow the product the necessary time before moving on to something else.
• Our skin changes and so should the products. Adjust a skin care regimen and other treatments to suit your skin right now. That moisturizer that’s worked fantastically since you were 25-years old will not keep you happy when your 50. Talk to your esthetician about better suited products for your face and body and see your hair stylist for special hair concerns. Trust the professionals!
• Makeup does have an expiration date and it does get old. Foundation, concealer, powder, and lipsticks are good for one year. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip liner and blush varies from two to three years. Mascara needs to be discarded after three months.
• Always remember: patience is a virtue. Try to resist the sales and over purchasing of unnecessary products. If that’s not possible, give your guilty little pleasures away as gifts.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving beauty products and being a beauty product junkie, so long as it’s kept under control. If there are more beauty products than food in the house there may be a problem.

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