Beauty No-Nos

From teaching you how to apply lipstick to hammering home the importance of washing your face, mom has always been a vital source of advice. But even moms have skeletons in their beauty closets. From sitting on the beach sans SPF to treating blemishes with toothpaste, here are some generational mistakes that you can (and should) skip.

Unsafe Sun

Older generations thought nothing of slicking on the baby oil and baking in the sun. But we know better. Sunbathing puts you at risk for skin cancer, and accelerates signs of aging. Sunscreen is a fundamental part of your regimen, whether you’re in the city or at the beach. Use a protective moisturizer like Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint with SPF 20 daily and load up your beach bag with a high-SPF block — we like Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch.

Paste Waste

Let’s clear things up once and for all: toothpaste doesn’t clear up blemishes. In fact, dabbing toothpaste on a zit can even trigger further inflammation and irritation. The best way to calm a pimple is with a spot treatment like Juice Beauty’s Blemish Be Gone, which has purifying salicylic acid and scar-diminishing Vitamin C.

Dry Mouth

It’s time to step away from the Chapstick. Formulated with petroleum to dry out your pucker so you use it more often, this staple is doing more harm than good. Instead, switch to a natural balm like Pangea Organics’s Lip Balm, which has essential oils and vitamins.

Chamomile Tea

Despite its calming rep, chamomile tea bags are the last thing you should use to depuff your eyes. Chamomile is a ragweed, and will trigger an allergic reaction in about a third of the U.S. population. Instead, reach for black tea or green tea sachets, which have caffeine, an ingredient that helps to minimize dark circles.

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