Are you aware of how your daily habits or behaviours influence your skin health?
It is known that your skin is the biggest organ of your body so why not treating it right. There are a lot of dos and don’ts when talking about skin care but we selected 11 the most important bad habits that you should avoid in order to have fresh and glowing skin.
Not applying sunscreen
We all know about how dangerous the sun is for our skin, from skin cancer to mild burns, it’s a constant threat. So don’t forget to apply sunscreen with the right SPF (Sun Protection Factor) for your skin every time you leave your house and reapply it throughout the day. If you worry about the oily sensation and that you’ll have to deal with it all day, just look for sunscreen with a special formula that it’s absorb immediately and entirely by your skin.
Not cleaning your makeup tools
Brushes, tweezers, eyelash curlers and all other makeup tools accumulate a lot of bacteria, dead skin cells and dust which can cause pimples, irritation and infection to the skin. You can use a mild soap or baby shampoo to clean up your tools then rinse them with warm water. Repeat it every couple of weeks.
Picking at pimples, blackheads, cuts or insect bites
You think you are doing a favour to your skin by squeezing pimples or blackheads but nope. If you are doing it the wrong way you’re adding more bacteria from your hands and face into your pores causing more pimples or infection to appear. Same deal with cuts or insect bites which can leave you with some bad scars too.
Smoking ages your skin prematurely and could cause skin cancer too. There are many medical reasons for why this disastrous things could happen and these include breakouts in the elastic fibres of your skin, reduced levels of vitamin A, narrowing of the blood vessels and lack of oxygen in the skin cells.
Going to sleep with makeup on
Too tired or lazy to move from your bed to the bathroom to wash your make up off? If clogged pores, bacterial infections and acne sound great for you, well you can fall asleep peacefully. If not, keep your makeup remover by your bed so you don’t have to move to the bathroom.
Not drinking enough water
Body lotions and face moisturizers are not enough for skin hydration. Remember that the best way to hydrate is from inside out so drinking enough water will make your skin look fabulous.
Long and hot showers
Sure, the heat will relax your body but what about your skin? Hot water removes the first outside layer of the epidermis and all of the natural oils produced by your skin making it dry. So short out your shower and lower the water temperature, your skin will be grateful.
Not protecting your face from chemicals
Yep, we are talking about hair spray and about the chemicals in your makeup or other skincare products. When applying hair products, cover your face with a clean towel and don’t forget to read the label of your makeup products or cream. Beware of the parabens!
Not getting enough sleep
When you sleep, your body rehydrate and replenish skin resulting in a rejuvenate look. So take care to give your body the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night.
Eating too much salt or sugar
Too much salt will dehydrate your body and your skin too drying it our and too much sugar will break the collagen and elastin fibres in your skin that are keeping your skin firm and elastic. The more salty and sweet treats you eat the more wrinkles you’ll have.
Skipping exfoliation or exfoliate to much
Get rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating once a week, this way you’ll avoid a dull look but be careful because over-exfoliating will dry your skin out of your natural oils which are maintaining your moisture and natural glow.