I just recently found this article in Allure on 17 bad habits for your skin. I thought this was very interesting and I wanted to share this with you. Some things in here I didn’t even think twice about before reading, but next time I use that same cleanser that has been stripping my skin, I’ll refer back to this post.
We all have them, bad habits we need to break. Whether it’s going out with your friends, getting home late, and not even thinking of washing your face- even though you have a lot of makeup on with built up dirt and oil just absorbing into your skin. Or the occasional cigarette or 5 on a night out of binge drinking- these once in a while things can happen more often if we let them slide. Here’s 8 bad skin habits, we need to break NOW.
Are you guilty of any of these bad skin habits?
1. Skipping sunscreen: This for me is a bad habit that I struggle to do every summer. The article explains that the only way to prevent your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy, discolored, and to prevent skin cancer is to use sunscreen (Allure recommends 30 SPF). Tip: Get a product that have both UVA & UVB protection.
2. Smoking: Who wants to smell, have smoker’s cough, no voice, and wrinkly skin because of smoking? I don’t and I’ll be the first to say I’ve been there and I don’t plan on doing it again. This bad habit is hard to break for a lot of reasons, but if you need another reason here it is: Every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Smoking is not only bad for your health but you will develop more and more deep wrinkles and blotchier skin overtime.
3. Drinking too much: This is one that I was a little taken back by, but according to Allure, “Alcohol increases the level inflammatory agents in the bloodstream—”which can hasten skin sagging over time,” says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in New York City. Although they aren’t trying to spoil your fun, this is just something to be aware of overtime.
4. Choosing the wrong products your skin: This is where I went wrong. This mistake is said to be so common but here’s your guide to skin care products based on your skin.
- OILY SKIN: Choose a cleanser with salicylic acid, choose an oil-free lotion to over extra shine.
- SENSITIVE SKIN: Choose a milky cleanser such as Cetaphil that will not irritate your skin.
- COMBINATION SKIN: Choose a foaming cleanser for oily skin and a lightweight moisturizer.
- DRY SKIN: Choose nonsoap like creamy cleansers that don’t strip away protective oils. Before this article I was using a salicylic acid cleanser that was stripping those protective oils needed making my skin even more dry- Thank Allure!
- Mudded colors that don’t look right which make your skin look off.
- Clogged pores
- Bacterial infections
Once every two weeks, if not more should you be washing your brushes. With certain brushes, for instance, gel liner and cream shadows should be washed after every time you use them or at least every other time.
7. Not washing your face at night: This can be hard sometimes, but it is no excuse not to especially when you see why. Letting your skin marinate in makeup can lead to clogged pores which leads to acne. You are not only letting your skin absorb a day’s worth of makeup, but all the built up oils throughout the day as well. You really want beneficial things to absorb into your skin while you sleep.
8. Popping zits: Although tempting, I am a current habit breaker to this one. Allure said it best, “But the reality is that squeezing a pimple just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores, causing inflammation, infection, and scarring—and almost doubling the zit’s life span (from about one week to two). ” What is said to do is, use a spot treatment with no more than 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide at night and then reapply in the morning as needed.
For the full list of 17 bad skin care habits please check out: Allure’s 17 Bad Skin Habits
What are some bad skin habits you need to break?