We all know that there are certain things which we shouldn’t do to our skin ever, but most of the times we end up doing them anyway.
In today’s post I am mentioning some of the worst things that we all do to our skin at some point of time and we should stop doing them to get a good, healthy, clear skin.
Please keep reading to find out what those six things are that we need to completely avoid.
Exfoliation is a great way of getting rid of dead cells from our skin. Dead skin cells that clog our pores can give us blackheads and/or acne. Its really beneficial if we exfoliate our skin in a right way. Exfoliation done too aggressively can lead to skin irritation. To make sure you don’t over exfoliate, avoid applying too much pressure while exfoliating and use an exfoliator with gentle, small granules, which won’t be too harsh on your skin. Usually its a good practice to exfoliate once a week if you have a dry or sensitive skin, twice a week if you’ve normal and combo skin, and three times a week if your skin type is oily.
Popping (a Zit)
Most of us are guilty of squeezing a pimple as soon as we see it on our face! But the truth is, the more you pop or pick at your zit, the more inflammation you create underneath. Also all the bacteria from your fingertips transfers on to your skin, making it all worse. If you don’t do it or have never done it, you’re awesome, but if you’re someone who has the continuous habit of touching your own face, you need to be stop doing this! And whenever you see a zit on your skin, instead of rubbing or picking it, just try to put some ointment on it for some relief and be patient with it.
Touching Or Rubbing
Try to avoid touching your face as much as you can! Bacteria, viruses and allergens can easily transfer from fingertips onto the skin. Also, repeatedly rubbing the skin can do some real damage. Hands aren’t the only way to transfer the germs. Cell phone is another thing which we never think of, that can transfer germs to our facial skin, so are the pillow cases. If we talk about Cell phones then you should know that these accumulate grime and bacteria that can easily transfer to the face. Keep your phone clean by gently wiping it down with rubbing alcohol once a week to remove traces of makeup, sweat, and other contaminants. Change your pillowcases frequently too.
Not Protecting Your Skin
I am sure you all know that you’re meant to wear sunscreen everyday, but do you really do it though? If you don’t then you may want to start doing it from now on! Lemme tell you why? The sun is responsible for 90% of how our skin ages. This is because the sun destroys collagen (main structural protein), which causes skin sagging and wrinkles, and UV rays trigger melanin (pigment) production, aka dark spots. Look for a facial SPF that has minimum factor 30 SPF, and a UVA rating of 4-star or higher.
It is important to know here, that the SPF protects against UVB rays that burn the skin, while UVA protects against UVA rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and destroy collagen – so both are essential! UVB rays are very strong during summer but UVA rays are constant all year round. Although UVA rays won’t burn your skin, they contribute to skin aging and even skin cancer! UVA rays can pass through glass windows and clouds so choose a moisturizer with minimum SPF 30 and use it everyday, even on cloudy days. Also don’t forget your neck.
Using the Same Products Forever
You may have found a skincare routine that works best for you currently but the sad truth is that its not going to last forever. Eventually, your skin will change over the time and it will get used to any active ingredients in your skincare products that you’re using right now, so over the time, they will become less effective. It’s important to constantly re-evaluate your skin and keep changing your skincare regimen according to your skin’s current requirements.
Sleeping in your makeup
Sleep is body’s time to repair itself from the stress of the day and while we sleep, growth hormones stimulate the renewal of all of our body’s organs, including the skin.
Sleeping in makeup can clog pores that can cause breakouts. Wearing makeup to bed can trap oils under the skin. When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover, which can lead to premature aging. Sleeping in makeup can also interfere with the natural shedding or exfoliation process of the skin, which can result in a duller, dry and coarse complexion. So, its very important to remove the makeup before going to bed to prevent our skin from the damage.
These were some of the strict no-no’s that you should avoid doing to your skin. If I’m forgetting something, don’t forget to mention it in the comment section. Thank you so much for reading! 🙂
I hope y’all are having a great week! ❤
See you soon in the next post. Until then…