The Top 5 Habits to Add to Your Beauty Routine

By Elana Lyn Gross for Modern Muse

With a hectic schedule, it's easy to form bad beauty habits like falling asleep with your makeup on, rushing through your skincare routine or getting into the rut of wearing the same lipstick every day. Treat yourself to some much needed self-care by adding these essential steps to your regimen.

1. Wash Your Face Before Bed

After a late night, it's tempting to crawl into bed without washing your face, but it's a habit that's likely to cause some problems for your complexion. The makeup, sweat, grime and pollution particles that accumulate during the day can clog your pores, dry your skin and cause breakouts or irritation. Instead, indulge in an at-home facial before bed with the Clarisonic Mia 1 from Sephora. The gentle brush removes dirt, oil and makeup six times better than washing your face by hand.

2. Use a Hair Mask Weekly

Luscious, shiny locks might seem like an unattainable dream, but by regularly using a hair mask, you can make them a reality. A deep-treatment conditioner like the Amika Nourishing Mask available at Sephora can help to nourish dry or damaged hair. It contains the super fruit sea buckthorn berry, which helps to produce collagen and contributes to healthy hair. Best of all, the mask's lightweight formula won't weigh down your tresses or make them look greasy.

3. Find a Scent You Adore

You know that feeling when you find a scent you absolutely love? It helps you start your day with confidence, knowing that you smell amazing. A scented shower gel is a great way to try a new fragrance before committing to an entire bottle of perfume. Stop and smell the roses with this British Rose Shower Gel from The Body Shop, available at one of its retail locations or at Ulta. The soothing scent will make you feel calm and refreshed post-shower.

4. Try a New Makeup Product

Add something new to your makeup routine like a swipe of bright lipstick, a daring new eyeshadow color or a blush that makes you look sun-kissed all year long. A vibrant red lipstick like this Urban Decay shade from Nordstrom is perfect for date night, a girls' night out or just adding some glam to your day-to-day look.

5. Apply a Face Mask Regularly

Get into the weekly habit of a DIY facial with a soothing face mask. For a spa-like experience, put on a cozy bathrobe, turn on some relaxing tunes and put cucumber slices on your eyelids. The Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, available at Sephora, targets dullness and rough texture to give you more radiant skin...yes, please!