If you are anything like us, you probably spend more time than the average trying to take care of your skin. And while going through a cleansing, exfoliating, healing and moisturizing routine is very important, there are some little habits we have that can actually reverse all the good we have done.
12 Habits That Can Really Mess Up Your Skin:
Not only is smoking the primary cause of lung cancer, but it also prematurely ages your skin due to the reduced amount of oxygen delivered to cells.
2. Picking at Pimples, Cuts or Insect Bites
While this may give you a little short-term satisfaction, the infection or scarring will quickly make that feeling disappear!
3. Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
Bacteria builds up on your brushes which is then transferred to your skin. Use a gentle cleanser with warm every couple of weeks to keep them healthy.
4. Eating Too Much Sugar
It’s a fact. Sugar causes something called glycation. The sugar attaches to proteins to produce harmful,new molecules that break down collagen which allows skin to sag.
5. Skipping the Moisturizer
No matter your skin type, you need a moisturizer.
6. Going to Bed With Your Makeup On
Leaving your pores blocked with makeup and dirt from the day can cause breakouts. It also doesn’t allow the skin to rejuvenate itself while in a restful state.
7. Not Drinking Enough Water
Hydrated skin starts from the inside and if you aren’t drinking enough water, your skin will show it.
8. Long, Hot Showers
We know nothing in the world feels better than the occasional long, hot shower, but taking them regularly will strip your skin of natural oils.
9. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Your body goes into repair mode when you sleep. No sleep -- no repair.
10. Treating Chronic Skin Conditions at Home
While there are some skin problems that can easily be treated at home, there are some that can’t. If you have a persistent issue that doesn’t improve with home care, it’s time to make an appointment with a physician.
11. Touching Your Face
This habit allows the regular deposit of dirt, germs and bacteria to be transferred to your face.
12. Exfoliation Miscues
There is the person who never exfoliates who ends up with dull skin and then there is the person who over exfoliates and ends up with redness, irritation and thin skin. There is a balance between to the two.