5 Everyday Habits that are Damaging your skin


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Who wouldn’t want glowing, smooth skin? Investing so much money on beauty products, moisturizers, facials, face masks and wrinkle creams and yet seeing no significant results can break your heart into pieces. Maybe it’s time to change your habits. You may not realize the impact that little everyday things can have on your body. Incorporating healthy habits in your everyday routine will not only make your skin shine, but also benefit your general health.

While most of us are going crazy trying all sorts of beauty products to achieve that perfect glow, some people are just born with flawless skin and they look great without even trying to take care of their skin. Don’t stress about it yet because there are so many simple things you can do to get the perfect skin you desire.

Your day to day habits might be the reason your skin is so dull or full of acne. You might be overdoing something or not paying enough attention to your diet and hydration. Beauty products are secondary when it comes healthy skin so make sure you eat consciously and approach your skin problems differently.

Here are 5 daily habits that most people do without the realizing the damage it can do to their skin:

Sleeping with Makeup on

Layers and layers of makeup are in itself not good for your skin, but leaving it there drowning your pores can turn out to be pure devastation. Not taking off your makeup before going to bed can cause irreversible damage to your skin in the long term.

Yes, it’s difficult after a long day and the urge to skip it, is completely understandable, but this seemingly harmless habit can leave you with regrets. Just because all the grime on your face is not visible, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dirt, oil, and pollution builds up and clog your pores in a matter of few hours leading to breakouts and inflammation.

If you have a habit of skipping makeup removal everyday, then this could mean your pillow is also accumulating all the dirt and oils from your face. This is the most probable reason for the acne that just doesn’t seem to go away.

A recent survey showed that more than 50 percent of people usually don’t wash their face before going to bed and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is recommended to wash your face twice a day, especially after sweating heavily such as during a workout.

So before you crash to bed, grab those cleansing wipes and remove every bit of makeup. Don’t forget to wash your face after that. You can also use a gentle cleanser with moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated.

Taking Long Hot Showers

Hot water is just so calming that it’s hard to avoid. The warmth leaves your muscles relaxed and makes you feel fresh. Well the downside is, hot showers are enemy to your skin. This act of self-pampering makes your skin extra dry and worn off. Excessive exposure to hot water, strips off your skin’s natural oils, drying it off, and creates an environment for germs to proliferate as the skin barrier has been disrupted.

Some experts say a warm shower, that is not too hot, can preserve the skin’s moisture barrier while others suggest switching to cold shower at the end before getting out, to lock the moisture in your skin. Make sure your showers are short (ten minutes or less) and the temperature of water is not more than 84 F.

Another mistake that people usually make while showering is, getting too aggressive with loofahs and washcloths. You might think it’s helping you scrub away dirt but, did you know that it removes so much more than just dirt.

Loofahs are awful for scrubbing because of their extreme roughness. They remove the skin’s natural protective barrier, by disrupting the balance of good bacteria on your skin. This bacteria is essential for preventing infection, inflammation and promote wound healing.

Some experts recommend using a soft cotton baby washcloth gently, simply gliding it over the skin, while most experts say that using your own hands is good enough.

Too much Sugar Intake

A sugar-rich diet usually serves no purpose at all. It is not just bad for your waistline, but also bad news for the skin. These effects are not just limited to sweet foods like candies or ice cream but also stand true for starches in refined carbs like white bread and pasta.

A survey  revealed that a person consumes approximately 17 teaspoons or 68 grams of added sugar everyday, exceeding far beyond the daily limit recommended i.e. 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (37 grams) for men. Processed foods also contain refined carbs and sugars. The American Academy of Dermatology provides growing evidence of association between refined carbs and sugar, to acne and premature aging.

Restrict your sugar intake and focus on eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains for beautiful skin. If you don’t consume enough fruits and veggies, your body will miss out on all the antioxidants they provide. Research has shown that antioxidants not only slow down the aging process but also reverse the signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots. Antioxidants help your skin tackle inflammation as well as neutralize free radicals to stop them from damaging your skin.

So if you are suffering from inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis, cut down on sugary, starchy foods and emphasize on eating brightly colored veggies and fruits, like tomatoes, berries, carrots, and sweet potatoes. All foods with a low or medium glycemic index, like oats, leafy greens, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and asparagus are extremely beneficial for healthy skin.

Popping Pimples

It’s pretty tempting to pop out those erupting zits on your face, but don’t make that mistake no matter what, because this habit can scar your skin or cause an infection and might even lead to an irreversible damage. Popping a pimple implies to pushing inflammatory cells deeper into the inner layers of skin, thereby increasing your risk for dark spots and scars.

Treatment options include Benzoyl peroxide and Salicylic acid. There are many different products out there containing these chemicals. Get a cream or ointment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide instead of the commonly available 5% or 10% strengths, as higher concentrations may cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. A 2% salicylic acid or lower is also usually enough for applying on a pimple.

Skipping Sunscreen

Skipping sunscreen could be the worst mistake you are doing to your skin. Sunscreen is very important to protect your delicate skin from the harsh rays of the sun, and not including it in your makeup regime will not only age your skin sooner, but also cause pimple, acnes and blemishes. UV rays can harm your skin to the extent of causing skin cancers so this not just a matter of beauty only. Sunscreen shouldn’t just be worn on beach days only, infact sunlight can damage your skin even when it’s cold, cloudy or raining outside.

A broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a minimum of SPF 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays is recommended by experts to wear everyday. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours. Make sure you are applying enough, around a teaspoon worth for your face, including your hairline, around your nose, and under your chin, and two shot glasses worth of sunscreen on the body.

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