Bad Habits That are Ruining Your Skin

Bad skin habits can cause everything from minor discomfort to an elevated risk of unwanted skin conditions. If your skin isn't as straightforward as you'd like, look at your skincare routine. Most people have at least one of the following unhealthy skin habits. Which one/s are you guilty of?  And if you're serious about improving your skin's health, read closely, you may be able to do so.

 

Sleeping With Makeup On

No matter how hard we try, it's impossible to avoid the terrible skincare habits we've developed over the years. One of the worst is not washing our faces at night and going to bed with makeup on. It's easy to underestimate how much dirt and oil we gather on our faces during the day.

 Additionally, there's the matter of cosmetics. Even if our cosmetics brand is clean and hypoallergenic, it's not designed to stay on our skin overnight. This poor practice is responsible for a wide range of skin issues, including acne and premature ageing, as well as blocked pores. It doesn't matter how exhausted we are, how tired we are, or how intoxicated we are; washing our face at night is essential.

 

Skipping Sunscreen

Skipping sunscreen is another unhealthy skin habit that ranks high on the list. In addition to being harmful to our skin, our beloved sunshine or technically UV rays can leave us with health risk with extended exposure. Skin cancer can occur if we do not protect our skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  Every day, regardless of the weather, you should use sunscreen, even on gloomy or rainy days. Even if we don't see or feel the sun, it's still there. If you sweat a lot during the day, it is essential to reapply sunscreen.

 

Not Drinking Enough Water.

There is no doubt that taking care of our skin is essential. It's easy to overlook the importance of hydrating the entire body from the inside. Drinking too little water is a horrible habit. Furthermore, it has a negative influence on our skin's appearance and texture. Drinking too little water may lead to dry, flaky, wrinkly skin, as well as a lack of freshness, dewiness, and youth.

 

Not Getting Enough Sleep.

Another habit we tend to overlook is the lack of quality sleep. We spend so much of our time running around trying to keep up with the craze that life throws at us that we take for granted how much our body needs to rest. Surely we’ve all heard about the importance of a good night's rest. It's not a figment of my imagination!

When we sleep, our bodies recuperate and rebuilds, powering our cells to do its job allowing us the best chance to a fountain of youth. It's so critical. The ideal amount of sleep every night is between seven and nine hours.

 

Tobacco And Alcohol Use

We all know how awful smoking is for our health. There's also a negative impact on one's skin and complexion. If you've ever heard of smoker's lines, then you know what I mean. Smoking can exacerbate the appearance of psoriasis by dulling and discoloring the skin.

Why not indulge in a few drinks? We love a glass of wine now and again, but binge drinking and drinking excessively can adversely affect our complexion. Alcohol, as a matter of fact, can be one of the most damaging substances to our skin. Scary!

Dehydration and inflammation are the root causes of the problem. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and increases the appearance of inflammation and erythema. While the odd glass of wine or beer isn't a big deal, it's better to keep hydrated when doing so.

 

Pricking And Squeezing Our Face

Did you know the average person touches their face up to 23 times each hour. Yikes! A lot of work! As for our hands, we like to think of them as germ-free, but that isn't always the case. Next time you go to touch your face, take a moment to think about what else you’ve touched before that.

 

All those hidden germs will inevitably get up on our face, causing a variety of skin issues. We’re thinking pimples... Our dermatologists and other experts should handle the popping for us even though it's enticing and sometimes satisfying to DIY.

 

Not Paying Attention to Our Own Body's Signals.

Some items, such as the so-called "holy grail" or "cult" products we want to work for us so badly can make us ignore all warnings that its not good for us. When we try new products, we may feel a slight itchiness or tingle and redness on our skin but choose to ignore it because we’ve been told its great. Maybe we'll manage and it’ll get better.  Sometimes its best to cut your losses and move on!

Following months and months of use, it might be that nothing happens at all. But we'll keep trying in the hopes that it will work. Maybe. We should pay greater attention to how our skin feels. When we use the product, how does it make us feel? How are we doing? What are we seeing, and are they good changes? 

How well does the product match our skin type? If you have oily skin, you won't use a product designed for dry skin. Specifically, does it include any of the substances to which we've previously had an adverse reaction? It's a good idea to become familiar with the active components in our products.

 

You Don't Wash Your Face Before You Go to Sleep.

After a hard day at work, the desire to skip the sink is natural. When it comes to your skin, it doesn't matter if you can't see dirt on your face, news flash! it's still there. Inflammation and breakouts can be caused by the build up of dirt, oil, and pollutants on the skin..

For a simple but effective routine to wash your face make sure you do a thorough cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise. To keep your skin moisturised, use a mild cleanser that contains moisturisers like glycerin or plant oils. It's also possible to use a facial wipe to clean your face if you can't get to the sink or don't want to.

 

Too Much Junk Food Consumption

What's wrong with a hamburger and fries occasionally? Nothing! Says the taste buds On the other hand, your skin doesn’t feel the same way. A diet high in processed foods and sweets is terrible for your skin. When you consume refined carbs, your blood sugar rises, which in turn causes an insulin spike. Why is this bad? Well, acne, and other skin issues that can worsen when insulin levels are too high as it contributes to hormonal imbalances. Load up on antioxidants and skin-friendly foods and make your diet work for you instead of against you.

 

Over-exfoliating

Physical and chemical exfoliation might cause more damage than benefit if you overdo it. Your skin's protective layer might be damaged if you scrub too hard and too frequently. Exfoliate no more than three times a week to avoid over-exfoliating your skin.