Despite the flawless selfies we post on Instagram, deep down we all have some rather gross habits. Maybe you pick your toenails while watching TV, give up shaving your underarms in winter or wear the same underwear two days in a row because you just can’t be stuffed putting a load of washing on. They’re gross, probably unhygienic and you’d NEVER publicly admit to them, but hey, what happens in your bedroom stays in your bedroom right?
Usually. Until now.
To the horror of my friends office colleagues, I asked them to spill grossest beauty habits. Most started with “It’s absolutely gross/I’m probably the only one/I know it’s disgusting but…”. The reaction they got? “Me too!”
So to make you feel a little better about your own gross beauty habits, here are 10 which you’re probably doing right now… but would never admit to. (It’s ok, we won’t tell!) *Names have been changed to protect hygienic reputations.
1. Not shaving
It's no secret that the one benefit of cold weather is not having to bother with shaving your legs because they're covered up all the time. Why would you want to waste your precious morning minutes removing hair when you could be, you know, sleeping? But what we're not so vocal about is that we're guilty of it every other season too.
"When I was in high school I used to just shave the gap between my high socks and my skirt in the interests of time-saving." - Amy
2. Chin hairs
The gross thing is WHY we're forced to get them in the first place. They serve no purpose. They look weird when they catch the light. And until we get home to tweezers, they FEEL so strange.
"I have to remove my chin hair with Veet. There are three long ones that always grow back. I am a witch!" - Sarah
Born in the '90s? These are the beauty smells you'll DEFINITELY remember. (Post continues after gallery.)
3. Being resourceful and reusing things beyond the point of hygiene
You want to get your moneys worth, right?
"I re-use eye makeup remover pads night after night sometimes which I'm sure is EXTREMELY unhygienic. But they run out too quickly!" - Fiona
"Sometimes I hold onto q-tips if I have only used one side." - Maria
"I re-use makeup wipes to make the packet last longer, by using one side then the other. Sometimes I get three goes out of one!'" - Amelia
4. Only washing certain parts of your body
Usually (always) we'd rather have more sleep than drag ourselves out of bed to shower.
"I just wash my fringe and my underarms when I can't be bothered actually showering... And my feet, I just wash my feet sometimes." - Keira
"Continuous dry shampoo can make a real shampoo last for eight days. TRUTH." - Sam