Five Bad Habits that Wreak Havoc on your Skin
We all want glowing skin, but there are some habits that will cause harm to your complexion. By avoiding the habits below, your skin will thank you! Keep your complexion on track and know which habits to break.
- Not washing your face before bed
After a long, hard day, we can understand the urge to hit the pillow without washing your face. Unfortunately, your skin can suffer as a result. Throughout the day, dirt, oil and pollution can build up and lead to both inflammation and breakouts. It’s best to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize before hitting the hay. If you are truly pressed for time or simply do not want to wash your face, using a facial cleansing wipe will do the trick.
Smoking has many negative health effects. But did you know that it can also damage your skin? Nicotine reduces blood flow to your skin, meaning it doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs. The chemicals in tobacco can also damage the collagen and elastin proteins that give your skin structure. Need another reason to quit? Years of puckering your lips to hold a cigarette or squinting your eyes to keep out smoke will deepen lines and leave wrinkles in those areas.
- Skipping sunscreen
While sunshine might feel food on the skin, its UV rays are damaging. UV light leads to premature aging and skin cancers. Sunscreen isn’t only for warm and sunny summer days. The sun can damage your skin even when it’s cold and cloudy outside. A broad-spectrum SPF blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Look for a minimum of SPF 30 and reapply every two hours if you’re outside. Be sure to use enough. A full teaspoon is just about right for your face, including your hairline, around your nose and under your chin.
- Eating too much sugar and not enough fruits and vegetables
Eating too much sugar can speed up the aging process. A skin-friendly diet should focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Studies have shown that a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that can lead to skin aging. Fresh produce is also high in antioxidants that can help repair your skin.
- Being harsh on your zits
Popping zits and picking at your face can lead to scars and infections. It might be worth speaking to a dermatologist about trying an acne cream such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Keep in mind that different products have different amounts of these ingredients. Why reach for the highest dose when you may not need to? High concentrations of medication can lead to irritation, especially is your skin is sensitive. For benzoyl peroxide, a concentration of 2.5% is enough, and for salicylic acid, 2% is gentle enough for most people.
Break these five bad habits and your skin will thank you. By treating your skin right, it will appear radiant and glowing.