Not taking care of your skin properly can lead to a ton of problems. To your skin aging quicker, wrinkles and fine lines to, dark marks, dark circles and more. Try avoiding these problems by seeing what habits you may need to break from.
Picking Your Pimples
If you’re not a dermatologist or an esthetician, you probably should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anywhere else on your face. Picking those suckers can be addictive but it can also result in scars and hyperpigmentation that can be hard to heal and can last for months or even forever. It’s one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can cause permanent damage. Simple enough, it can actually be easier to just leave the pimples alone and let it go away itself.
Not Removing Your Makeup Before Bed
Sleeping with your makeup ages your skin up to 7 times faster. It can result in premature aging and skin damage. Your pores can get clogged with product, which causes them to stretch and not shrink back to their original size.
The best way to remove makeup from your skin is by using a gentle, water-soluble cleanser, which breaks down any product and does not leave pore-clogging residue on the skin. When wearing heavy makeup, you may want to clean your face a second time to make sure that no trace of makeup remains.
Using Incorrect Skincare Products
Choosing the right skincare product is a process of trial and error. Finding a balanced daily routine that works can be a challenging process, especially if you have one of the more difficult skin types. However, always stick to the products that are made for your skin type to avoid the overproduction of oil in your skin or products that dry your skin out.
You can have too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to exfoliating. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells that may build up on the top layer of your skin and cause clogged pores, breakouts and dull skin. However, over-exfoliating can lead to sensitivity, irritation and even damage to the outer layer of the skin.
It’s good to use facial scrub or exfoliating product once a week. Choose exfoliating products based on your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should not use any product that has microbeads, which can cause irritation! Safer options for more delicate skin types include mild cleansers and masks that contain fruit enzymes, which exfoliate the skin gently.
Not Sleeping Smartly
Your sleep positions matter. As comfortable as it is to bury your face into your pillow at night, it can cause wrinkles if you use a cotton pillow case; and your skin can collect oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess night creams from your pillow. As you toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into your pores. It’s good to change your pillowcase at least once a week. While you’re at it, swap out the regular cotton version for something less damaging to the skin, like satin or silk.