Guilty as charged! Check out this list of bad habits you’ll need to break to nourish skin to its healthiest state yet.
In this article:
- Popping Your Pimples
- Sleeping with Makeup On
- Not Putting on Sunscreen
- Using Abrasive Exfoliants and Facial Scrubs
- Washing Your Face with Soap
- Eating Too Much Sugar and Not Enough Fruits and Veggies
- Drinking Coffee
- Long, Hot Showers
- Not Getting Enough Exercise
- Using Tanning Beds
- Neglecting Your Neck and Decolletage
- Smoking Cigarettes
- Using Too Much Product on Your Face
- Not Getting Enough Sleep
- Moisturizing While Skin Is Dry
- Drinking Too Much
- Not Washing Your Face Before Bed
17 Bad Skin Habits You Need to Break for Healthier Skin in the Long Run
1. Popping Your Pimples
Though it may seem tempting, don’t pop that zit! When you pick at your pimples, you force bacteria deeper into your skin. This increases inflammation and redness, only causing your acne to become worse. Picked pimples will take longer to heal, and they leave behind brown scars and spots on your skin.
2. Sleeping with Makeup On
Before you snooze, lose all that makeup on your face! Falling asleep with a face full of makeup leads to bacterial infections, clogged pores, and acne. Try to keep facial wipes next to you so you’ll be reminded to kick this bad skin habit.
3. Not Putting on Sunscreen
Not wearing enough sunscreen, or forgetting it entirely, is one of the worst habits bad for skin. UV rays can cause premature aging, brown spots, and skin cancer. Rain or shine, it’s important to lather on sunscreen to shield your skin from skin-damaging UV light. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours even when the sun’s not in sight when you’re out and about.
4. Using Abrasive Exfoliants and Facial Scrubs
You can’t scrub off a layer of skin to achieve smooth skin. Beware of facial scrubs which contain sharp and uneven shells or husks. These don’t slough off dead skin cells evenly. Some might even cause micro-scarring. Instead of abrasive facial scrubs, try retinol cream or a facial treatment with exfoliating salicylic or glycolic acid. If you do like a good scrub, go for shell-free ones. You can also choose scrubs with tiny jojoba beads or brew exfoliators.
5. Washing Your Face with Soap
Washing your face with bar soap might be more convenient and cheaper. But when it comes to skincare, it’s important to remember not to scrimp on products! Most bar soaps can dry out and irritate facial skin. For your face, neck, and chest, it’s best to cleanse with a soapless facial cleanser recommended for your skin type. This helps clean without stripping moisture.
6. Eating Too Much Sugar and Not Enough Fruits and Veggies
A diet heavy on sugar is not a sweet deal for your skin in the long run. Taking in too much sugar, starches, and refined carbs can speed up the aging process. Instead of loading up on sweets, go for fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables can help prevent cell damage which leads to aging skin.
7. Drinking Coffee
Can’t live without coffee? Try to cut back your daily intake. Caffeine makes skin dry and magnifies wrinkles. Quench and hydrate your skin by drinking more water.
8. Long, Hot Showers
While the occasional warm shower is great, it can strip away the outermost layer of the epidermis. This causes the skin to become dry and scaly. When your skin starts to turn red and itchy as you bathe, it’s time to cut your shower time.
9. Not Getting Enough Exercise
When you exercise, you increase blood flow and sweat out all your toxins. Working out can even cleanse dead skin cells, allowing new cells to grow. You gotta get moving if you want to achieve that healthy glow!
10. Using Tanning Beds
Baking your skin under the sun for hours and a major no-no. Using tanning beds is just as dangerous as sunbathing. They emit ultraviolet radiation, which causes premature aging, skin cancer, and brown spots. People who use tanning beds before age 30 increase their risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
This is one of the bad habits to quit or avoid completely! You can still cop a sunkissed glow without harmful UV rays by using a self-tanner.
11. Neglecting Your Neck and Decolletage
If you go to great lengths to care for your facial skin, don’t forget your neck and your upper chest. These areas are as vulnerable to skin cancer, sun spots, and wrinkles. Including them in your skin care regimen to prevent aging is crucial. Also, your neck skin tends to be much drier and more sensitive than facial skin. You’ll need to use less or diluted amounts of potent ingredients like glycolic acid and prescription retinoids.
12. Smoking Cigarettes
One cig is already too much for your skin! Here’s one more reason to quit this bad habit: Smoking not only causes cancer, but it also contributes to premature skin aging. Lighting up breaks down elastin, which helps it bounce back to its original form and collagen, which keeps skin soft and smooth. This leads to fine lines and sagging skin.
Smoking also constricts your blood vessels, preventing oxygen and other essential nutrients from getting to your epidermis. As a result, your skin loses its youthful and natural pinkish glow.
13. Using Too Much Product on Your Face
When it comes to skincare, less is more. One of the bad habits we sometimes do is not following product instructions to the letter. Using an anti-aging serum three times a day when the packaging says to use it only once a day won’t speed up the anti-aging process. In fact, it could do the opposite and irritate skin even more. Try to keep your routine simple and don’t lather on way too much product than what your skin needs.
14. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep does wonders for your body, mind, and skin! When you get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night, it will help you look refreshed. Ample sleeping time also helps replenish and rehydrate skin. Not getting a good night’s rest can result in dull skin making you look even more tired.
15. Moisturizing While Skin Is Dry
When you’re fresh from a shower, reach for your moisturizer before you towel down head to toe. Your skin is like a sponge as it absorbs water it gets from the shower. Waiting too long to apply moisturizer evaporates the moisture on your skin, stripping away nourishing oils on the surface. It’s best to apply facial moisturizer and body lotion while you’re still damp. This prevents skin water from evaporating and dehydrating skin, it also locks in moisture so skin feels softer and more supple.
16. Drinking Too Much
Drinking way too much can strip moisture from the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable. Blame it on the alcohol! When skin is dehydrated, it looks more sallow and dull.
Booze also makes skin more red and flushed, especially for those with rosacea. Try to limit your drinking. Before going bottoms up, remember to flush the alcohol with water as well.
17. Not Washing Your Face Before Bed
The urge to skip the facial cleansing before sleeping is completely understandable, especially after a long and tiring day. But, even if can’t see dirt or grime on your face doesn’t mean it’s not there. Over time, if you continue to forget washing your face before sleeping, your complexion will pay the price. The buildup of oil and dirt on your face leads to both inflammation and breakouts.
Once you’ve kicked these bad habits, it’s time to start new ones. Start by making it a habit to eat these foods that will make you look younger from BRIGHT SIDE:
We get it, old habits die hard. But, if you’re committed to helping your skin look and feel its best, you gotta nix some of those old ways which harm skin! Be a bit more aware and attentive for how you care for your skin. Break bad habits and your complexion will be in tiptop shape in the long run. Your skin will thank you for it.
Which bad habits are you guilty of when it comes to skincare? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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