Bad Habits That Can Ruin Your Skin

By Hand On The Hip - 9/04/2019

When it comes to taking care of your skin, much more is involved than a good skincare routine. Although cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing are important, they aren’t a foolproof plan. The skincare routine you carry out will help very little if you’re silently sabotaging your efforts. Everything that you do throughout the day can impact your face, either in a positive way or a negative one. As the largest organ of the body, your skin deserves to be taken care of properly. With that in mind, here are seven bad habits that you must break to avoid causing any harm. 

Picking At Your Face
Unless you’re a dermatologist, you shouldn’t be picking at ingrown hairs, pimples, or anything else on your face. As tempting as it can be, it can cause a lot of harm, sometimes even having permanent effects. Every time you pull or pick your face, it damages the skin, which may result in serious problems down the line, such as wrinkles, discoloration, and scars. The germs on your hands will be transferred to your face when you touch it too, which can cause blemishes. 

Wearing Makeup To Bed
After a long and exhausting day, all most of us want to do is sleep our stresses away. However, before you hop into bed, you must make sure that you remove your makeup. While skipping this step every now and then won’t cause any permanent damage, you should avoid making a habit out of it. After all, your skin needs time to breathe. Unless you allow it to do so at night, it could result in blocked pores and skin irritation, both of which are known to lead to breakouts. 

Cutting Back On Sleep
No one looks their best after a terrible night’s sleep. This is because sleep gives your body time to repair the damage of the day. If you are always cutting back on rest, you will be left with dull and tired skin, as well as under-eye circles and bags, along with noticeable signs of aging. Sleep deprivation will also cause stress, which aggravates skin problems. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, there are many things that you could try, including cutting back on caffeine. 

Letting Stress Take Over
Stress affects the whole body, including your skin. While there is no way to eliminate all stress from your life, you can tackle your biggest worries. Those having money trouble, for example, might see a financial advisor for help. If a loved one recently passed away, you could turn to an affordable deceased estate service to clear out their home. There are also a number of other ideas to tackle general stress, including regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a balanced diet. 

Talking On The Phone
Most people are glued to their phones on a daily basis. The trouble is, many of us aren’t aware of the damage this can do to our skin. Phones are a breeding ground for bacteria. This means that, when you rest your cheek or chin against your phone, you transfer those germs onto your face. To prevent this, you should wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe before each call. Because the heat and friction can also cause you to breakout, switching to hands-free is best. 

Smoking Cigarettes Every Day
Many people smoke cigarettes to overcome stress. The issue with this is that it doesn’t work and also puts your skin at risk. Nicotine is a stimulant, so it will only increase your feelings of stress. It also reduces blood flow to the skin, stopping it from getting enough nutrients and oxygen. The chemicals in tobacco damage the elastin and collagen proteins too, leaving your skin wrinkled. While quitting smoking isn’t easy, it is the best thing you can do for your skin and overall health. 

Missing Your Daily SPF
Wanting a golden tan isn’t a crime, but it can be dangerous. Although sunshine feels good on the skin, the UV rays from the sun are incredibly damaging. Not only do they age your skin prematurely, but they can cause skin cancer too. This is why you must wear sunscreen all year round, not just on hot summer’s days. If you’re looking to tan your skin, there isn’t a safe way to do so naturally. This is why you should try using a self-tanner instead. 

To look after your skin, you must do much more than adopt a good skincare routine. Hopefully, with the advice above, you can avoid making some very damaging mistakes.  P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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