While most of the time we’re focused on what we can do to give ourselves beautifully glowing skin, there are a few don’ts that are as equally important to follow in our daily regimen. So before you go out and spend a ton of money on top-of-the-line products, make sure you’re not taking part in these skincare no-nos.
Accounting for up to 90% of skin’s aging, sun damage is an unwelcome side effect of that coveted summer glow. And since sunscreen is your best defence against exposure, it should be one of the leaders in your anti-aging lineup. For best results, seek a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and also contains zinc oxide or titanium oxide. If staying inside, a morning application will suffice, but remember to reapply regularly if you’re out for an extended period of time. It’s also not a bad idea to up the UV protection even further with sunglasses and a hat.
Picking at your skin
Zits – they know when they’re least welcomed and choose then to show up. And while tempting to pop, that temporary relief spreads bacteria from both the pimple and your fingers making acne worse, while also potentially causing longer lasting effects, such as scabbing and scarring. Instead, opt for an overnight treatment.
By now we all know that smoking is bad for us, but secondhand smoke is something you should also be avoiding. Besides being carcinogenic, it dries out skin, damages collagen and elastin, and expedites the aging process not just on your face but on the rest of your body as well.
While an important part of your skincare routine, exfoliating, if done incorrectly, can do more harm than good. Using too harsh of a scrub can dry out skin as well as leave small lacerations. Be sure to cap your exfoliation sessions at 2-3 per week, because doing so too often can dry out and irritate skin.
Not washing your face
Not only do your pores get clogged with makeup, dirt, and oil throughout the day, but they’re also exposed to environmental pollutants. Washing your face upon waking up and before bed is the best way to hit refresh and leave a blank canvas for your products to work most effectively. To prevent dry skin, stick to a gentle cleanser, rinse with cold water, and do not over wash.
Forgetting your glow starts within
Hydrating, eating an antioxidant rich diet, and striving for 8 hours of sleep a night is the fastest way to a healthy complexion. Doing these three steps alone could prevent under-eye bags, wrinkles, breakouts, dry skin and more. Not only does a healthy lifestyle have benefits for your appearance, but for your wellbeing in general. When you’re feeling your best, it’s written all over your face.
Focusing just on your face
The rest of your body deserves some special treatment as well and not just your neck and chest. Be sure to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and apply sunscreen to the rest of your body as well.
Letting dirty things touch your skin
Makeup brushes, phone, and pillowcases – a few things you probably use on a regular basis and yet when is the last time you took the time to wash them? Cleaning your phone daily and your pillowcases and makeup brushes every two weeks can help remove the harmful bacteria that’s irritating your skin. Also, try to be cognizant of touching your face without washing your hands. It’s a bad habit that most of us don’t even realize we’re doing.
Skipping the dermatologist
The best way to learn more about your own personal skin type and what skincare products will work for you is to have the help of a professional. And even more importantly, regular checkups can help you catch skin cancer in its earliest most-curable stages.
Ignoring the labels
While you might want to invest in a magnifying glass for some bottles, taking the time to learn about your product’s key ingredients will help you narrow in on which work best for you or which are irritating your skin. Also, read the directions. If you’re willing to spend a pretty penny on that new serum, take the time to read how to make it work most effectively.