5 Bad Skin Habits you’ve gotto Stop
In this article, I will discuss the worst common skin habits we’ve all been guilty of. What I am about to tell you is probably something you’ve heard many times before, but today I will explain (and in no particular order) why you need to ditch these bad skin habits once and for all! So let’s get to it!
1. Sleeping in Makeup
You get home from a good night out, and all you can think about is getting your feet out of those 4-inch heels and jumping straight into bed. Who’s got time for anything else right? Well, everyone should make time to remove their makeup before snoozing! Did you know that sleeping with makeup on could age your skin up to 7 days? And there’s more – sleeping with a full face on can lead to clogged pores, which means more breakouts and blackheads. You are exposed to pollution, dirt, and irritants throughout the day, which clings to your skin, therefore skipping night time cleansing makes your skin more susceptible to redness, wrinkles, and irritation. I know you’re thinking face wipes count – but they don’t! Opt for a gentle cleanser that requires rinsing with water for effective cleansing.
2. Picking Pimples
Picking spots is definitely a bad idea! When we pick at our pimples, we run the risk of causing scarring, hyperpigmentation (overproduction of melanin/ pigment) and infection. If a pimple appears, use a spot treatment that contains ingredients such as witch hazel, salicylic acid, tea tree or benzoyl peroxide to reduce the inflammation and clear the breakout faster.
3. Product Overload
I ask my clients to walk me through their skincare routine, and they often show me tons of products that they layer and layer on until they can’t layer anymore! Using too many skincare products can cancel out active ingredients making products less effective. In addition, product overload can be too harsh for the skin, causing irritation and skin damage. I always say quality over quantity – so keep your skin care regimen simple, using the best ingredients for your skin type.
4. Using Rough Exfoliators
Harsh exfoliators often feel rough and gritty on the skin, which can lead to micro-tears in the skin commonly known to us as skin damage. Over-exfoliating and using rough grain exfoliators can lead to breakouts and skin irritation. I recommend exfoliating 3 times a week using chemical exfoliants such as glycolic acid or a physical exfoliant containing small microbeads with smooth round edges.
5. Skipping Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
The best way to keep your skin healthy is to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF30-50 daily. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, reducing the breakdown of collagen (fewer wrinkles), preventing sun damage and reducing your risk of skin cancer.
THE beauty maven (Alisha Myer), a former Harley Street Skin Care specialist. Qualified in advance skincare and laser treatments. NVQ level 3 Aesthetician and with over 8 years experience in beauty and aesthetics. Extensive training led her to become a Senior Aesthetic Practitioner working alongside aclaimed Doctors and Surgeons.
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