Break These Bad Skin Care Habits
We all have bad habits. From biting your nails or not flossing regularly, to poor posture or eating junk food, many seemingly small “bad behaviors” fly under the radar until something like a dentist exam or weight gain happens and forces us to realize the impact of our little quirks.
When it comes to your skin’s health, you may be causing damage without even realizing it. Don’t sabotage your skin! If you’re trying to achieve your best skin ever — whether that means looking younger, having a more even skin tone, unclogging pores or banishing break outs — we’ve listed five bad habits to break to help you get more gorgeous, glowing skin.
- Don’t Exfoliate Regularly
As you get older and your skin ages, you accumulate more dead skin cells quicker and your need for regular exfoliation increases. It’s imperative to clear off these dead skin cells in order for the skincare products you use to be well absorbed and most effective. Physical exfoliants slough off dead cells, and some provide nutritive minerals, which are the perfect thing to use before putting on a moisturizing mask. If you use a brightening toner after you exfoliate, it will gently dissolve away any remaining dead cells. And remember: don’t exfoliate too vigorously or too often. For most people, 2-4 times per week is the perfect balance.
- Apply Sunscreen Only Once a Day
Sunscreen only lasts two hours, and once its protective effects wear off, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. It’s essential to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Sunscreen is proven to decrease the likelihood that you’ll develop skin cancer, and it can also help prevent brown spots, blotchiness and other skin discolorations. Moreover, it slows down the development of wrinkles and premature aging. Plus, with options in a variety of creams, sprays and powders, sunscreen is easy to apply without messing up your makeup or smelling like the beach.
- Use Dirty Makeup Brushes
Our skin reacts to oil and dirt build-up in different ways. Cleaning your makeup brushes can seem like a chore, but it’s essential. Brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and every time a brush touches your face, it can cause irritation or breakouts. As they get caked with product and debris, dirty brushes also become abrasive and dry. To keep your brushes soft and clean, get them wet and gently rub them into antibacterial soap or even a gentle baby shampoo.
- Leave Makeup on Overnight or While You Exercise
Sleep is great for your skin, but not if your face is caked in makeup. Overnight is when your skin cells have a chance to repair the day’s damage. Makeup can potentially clog your pores, and especially if you have sensitive skin, wearing makeup to bed can cause skin irritation, inflammation, breakouts and even bacterial infections. Similarly, when you sweat, your pores open up, and if you don’t have a clean face, dirt, oil and makeup will get in there. So give your skin a break, and wash it before sleeping or working out.
- Skimp on Water
From transporting nutrients to flushing out impurities, we need water to do all the things our body and skin needs it to do. Without an appropriate amount of water intake each day, skin appears duller, and your wrinkles and pores become more prominent. When skin is hydrated, it’s more elastic and less likely to get irritated. Water plumps up the collagen in your skin, causing wrinkles and pores to fill in.
Now’s the time to ditch your bad habits and adopt some good ones to uncover younger, more radiant looking skin!