Lifestyle Choices That Are Ruining Your Skin

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No matter how good your skincare products are, all the money spent on them will go to waste if you don’t follow a healthy regimen in other aspects of your life. There are a number of factors outside the ingredients in your skincare that can still affect your skin, and if you want to achieve that flawless dewy look you should keep these in mind!

Wearing makeup to bed

Going to bed with makeup on your face makes removing dry, caked-on makeup a total nightmare. Especially with mascara, this ruins the strength of your eyelashes, making them thinner and more likely to fall out. Not only that, it’s another laundry day when you wake up to a pillowcase of mascara and foundation.

Whether you are a consistent makeup wearer or not, washing your face twice daily is essential for healthy skin. Sweat, makeup, pollutants in the air, and bacteria from our hands are all sitting on our skin and need to be cleansed off.

Even if you don’t wear makeup, you’re constantly exposed to pollutants that can damage your skin. Air pollution is not just confined to urban areas – pollution particles are 20 times smaller than pores, which means our skin easily absorbs these toxins. Over time, they leave your skin unprotected and exposed to pollution which takes an even greater toll over time — it’s one of the main factors contributing to inflammation and visible signs of ageing.

Not using moisturiser

Most people with oily skin think they should skip on moisturiser. But leaving your skin unprotected actually causes your body to secrete more oil because of the lack of hydration to the skin. People with oily skin should definitely not wear heavy thick moisturiser, but that does not mean one should pass it up completely. Everyone needs a moisturiser. It keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day and will help keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Heavier moisturisers can be used at night and lighter moisturisers with SPF 15 or higher can be used during the day.

Sunscreen

It’s easy to remember to apply SPF when we’re headed to the beach, but the truth is, we should really be applying it every day before stepping outside. Sun protection is key to keeping your skin and body healthy. Anytime your skin is overexposed to the sun it has to work overtime to try to protect itself which can cause it to weaken and therefore, create sun spots, ageing skin, and wrinkles.

Being exposed to UVA rays — such as tanning beds — will make your skin age quicker. Using a sunscreen or moisturiser with SPF 40 daily is recommended. Not only does it help guard against sun damage, it will also assist in keeping the skin looking more youthful.

Drinking water

Wearing moisturiser is only one part of keeping our skin hydrated. Another super important practice we often forget about? H20.

A good rule of thumb is whatever your weight, you should be drinking at least half that amount in ounces of water, daily. It helps flush the body and the skin, and keeps it dewy.

Exfoliating

Exfoliation is a very important factor for maintaining healthy skin. Many people don’t realise they are not exfoliating their skin correctly.

Some scrubs have an uneven texture and can irritate the skin, so be careful. When you get rid of the dead skin cells on your face, you are softening wrinkles and also brightening the skin.

Alternatively, over-exfoliating is just as damaging- if not more.

Over-exfoliating can cause chronic inflammation, sensitivity, and delicate, very reactive skin. When your skin is in a state of heightened sensitivity, it’s more susceptible to breakouts, pigmentation, and dryness. It creates a domino effect that in turn leads to premature ageing — puffy eyes, wrinkles, dark spots, dullness, and sagging. Limiting your exfoliating to around once a week (less if you have really sensitive skin) is suggested.

Sleep

Poor sleeping habits can lead to numerous health issues, including increased belly fat and high blood pressure. And that’s not all.

Poor sleep is also to blame for premature ageing, dermatitis, eczema, acne, lost collagen production, and unbalanced hormones.

Picking or touching skin

Anytime you pick or pull at your skin you’re causing damage and creating irritation, scars, and even wrinkles!  Instead of picking at your pimples, it is recommended using natural products to help eliminate them.

The less you touch your face, the better. Your hands have dozens of bacteria from your phone, let alone the numerous things you touch throughout the day. To take one step further you should try to remember to wash your hands a few times a day- it helps with your health as well!

By Ruelle Sittampalam