Most of us hope our skin resembles fine wine as we age, although that doesn’t happen for everyone, unfortunately. We’ve seen numerous studies that show that 90% of the ageing process is just due to how we take care of our skin. While there is genetics involved, the environment does play a role in how it all works. How we take care of our skin can make a difference with how fast it ages and whether or not wrinkles will be more visible or less noticeable.
Here are 7 of the most common daily habits that can be harmful to your skin and over time, they can all lead to serious skin conditions:
- Washing With Water That’s Too Hot Or Cold
Skin health has a lot to do with the kind of water you use on it. Some people prefer cold water which can often leave behind unhealthy buildup, while hot water can sometimes be too drying for sensitive skin.
For effective skin cleansing, it is best to use lukewarm water. This removes the buildup on your face while still preserving the natural oils on your skin. Try to find the “sweet spot” – use water with a 98ºF to 108ºF (36.5ºC to 40.5ºC).
2. Excessively Scrubbing Your Face With A Washcloth
When you scrub your face with a washcloth too much, it makes your skin extra greasy. This has a negative impact on the composition of your face and you might notice that your complexion becomes less healthy as you grow old.
Try washing your face 3 to 4 times a week using a washcloth. You should lessen the usage of exfoliation as much as possible, to keep your skin healthy and free of irritation.
3. Sleeping On Your Stomach
Your pillow absorbs everything, including dust and dirt. When you sleep on it, your face is close to all the materials on your pillow. This can cause pimples and clogged pores. Our face often produces saliva when we sleep, causing blockages in our pores and surface friction that can lead to acne and skin irritation.
Try to sleep on your back to avoid this.
4. Eating Processed Food
Carbohydrates like cake and burgers may cause a few skin problems when eaten in excess. It’s important to be aware of this so you can curb this behaviour to prevent further breakouts.
To ensure your skin isn’t negatively impacted by a high-carb diet, make sure to cut back on snacks and lean more on high-protein food with more healthy substances, of course, consume plenty of fruits and vegetables.
5. Toxins In Your Makeup Remover
Makeup removers often contain a lot of harmful ingredients that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Some of the most common (and feared) ingredients include alcohol, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and fragrance. It’s important to understand that while the makeup products are problematic themselves, the skincare routine that is used to remove them also contributes to irritation.
You’ll need a new daily moisturizer that won’t cause breakouts if you have sensitive skin or acne. And of course, you’ll want to wash your face well after a long day.
6. Improperly Using Facial Hair Removal Products
Wearing comedogenic products and facial razors that are too aggressive can result in acne breakouts. You’re basically swapping one problem for another.
Make sure you’re properly clearing out facial hair and preventing further irritations on your skin by avoiding products with the most common pore-clogging ingredients (coconut oil, palm oil, and wheat germ). Stick to non-toxic cosmetics when choosing them.
7. Using Too Many Skincare Products
Switching between several skincare products may be difficult for your skin, as new preservatives and ingredients can contribute to acne breakouts and irritation. Switching between several skincare products may be difficult for your skin, as new preservatives and ingredients can contribute to acne breakouts and irritation. A problem that acne sufferers are more susceptible to is excessive use of the product. Repeatedly using acne products without rest periods can cause dryness, redness, and inflammation on your skin.
Have a routine of using 1 or 2 skincare products that are compatible with your skin type and give them enough time to create the desired effect.