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10 Bad Skin Habits You Should Avoid

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Written by Camilla Evaline

Have you been doing everything you think is right but still can’t get the perfect skin you dream of?

You have done all the moisturizing, cleansing, even gone a mile further and bought an exfoliator that you sometimes use but still no results?

Something is definitely wrong.

Well, worry no more, below is a list of things you’ve probably done that you need to avoid in order to get that radiant and stunning complexion you desire.

Too much of espressos, mimosas and croissants

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Consuming foods that contain too much salt, sugar, caffeine and booze will have an effect on your skin.

According to Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist based in New York, taking alcohol dehydrates your body and the effect extends to your skin making it dull and discolored.

If you must take alcohol, it is recommended that you take water in between them, to keep you hydrated. A maximum of just two drinks is enough.

Also of importance, is for you to avoid taking sugary mixers and desserts.

Sugary foods have an effect of breaking down connective tissues known as collagen and elastin in the skin, this will over time make the skin dull and subsequently it develops wrinkles.

Make an effort to check your consumption of these foods.

Too much cleansing

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If you find your skin being too dry, maybe it’s because you are often washing off a lot of the natural oils.

It could help if you washed it less often, this however does not mean you are allowed to sleep without cleaning your make up at night.

The most ideal idea would be to wash it off with oil-based or creamy cleaners at night then rinse them off with water in the morning.

Morning cleaning of your skin is enough, it ensures most of the natural oils, which are vital to a healthy skin are retained.

I would recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Cream Cleanser.

Use of tenacious exfoliators

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To start off, whatever exfoliator you are using is not supposed to hurt.

It should simply help remove dead skin cells.

If it hurts and leaves red marks, makes it blotchy or blistered, then you know it is removing the skin’s natural hydration oils.

Dr. Brandt says that these persistent scrubs that contain some form of rough exfoliators such as seeds can be pretty irritating and even cause inflammations, which later on progress to form spots and wrinkles.

It is recommended to use exfoliators that are gentle on your skin, ones that contain sugar or microbeads, such as the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser for just once or twice in a week.

Another option would be a mild peel containing lactic acid, you can try Dr. Brandt Laser A-Peel or Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel.

Over-vilifying small breakouts

Many women get too scared of breakouts, they end up over-touching, over-washing, and over-treating them. If you have a spot or a pimple, here is what we advise:

Make use of salicylic acid cleanser together with moisturizing components like soy before you sleep.

A good one is Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, thereafter use a treatment of a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide (an example is the Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne treatment).

Do not use highly concentrated benzoyl peroxide, many people have used five to ten percent which is still high.

Using a lot of benzoyl peroxide can make the pimple or spot dry out, thus preventing the medicine from finding its way inside.

The healing process becomes disrupted making the spot last longer.

Not getting enough sleep

It is advisable to get at least seven hours of sleep a day, anything less than that can make your skin dull and the fine lines more visible.

Sleeping late on one night might be manageable for your skin, it will probably recover especially if you are still young, but a number of days in a row will start to show.

If you are the type of person that doesn’t get sleep fast enough, avoid watching too much TV shows.

Bright screens have an effect of suppressing melatonin, a hormone responsible for making us sleepy and regulates the daily rhythms.

Melatonin levels start to go down causing more disruption to the circadian rhythms, which then makes the turnover of skin cells low, then wrinkles and dullness start to appear. A good way to induce sleep is taking a warm shower before bed.

Not sleeping appropriately

Get your sleeping conditions in order, they matter too.

Your pillowcase collects all the oil in your hair, dead cells from your skin, bacteria and creams.

All these are deposited in your skin pores when you roll around the pillow. It is recommended to change the pillowcase twice a week, once at worst.

Pillowcases made of satin, Egyptian cotton or silk are preferable to the ones made of regular cotton.

You might not believe this, but rough pillowcases can cause wrinkles.

Another vital change is getting a humidifier, it will counter the negative skin-drying effects caused by heat and air conditioners.

Ignoring use of sunscreen for certain parts

it is good to use SPF on not only all parts of your face, but also the rest of your body.

It’s common for people to ignore some areas of the body.

You should not, whether it is winter or summer.

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a 30 or higher SPF on all the exposed parts of your body.

It is worth noting that light cotton clothes worn during summer are not a total protection of your skin against the sun.

Failing to go for the yearly mole inspection

This is not negotiable, you have to go for a mole check. Just put the mole check into your calendar of events, like any other activity you do say your birthday.

It is a quick and painless examination, anything that needs further attention from the check will be scheduled for a later date and attended to by your doctor.

Failing to use face wipes

Face cleansing wipes are simply your savior, they come in handy at night when you want to remove your make-up.

Washing them every day can be tough, but failing to remove them altogether can cause a bigger problem.

Use Olay Fresh Effects if you have normal skin, people with more sensitive/reactive skins can use the Garnier Soothing Remover Cleansing Towelettes.

Clearasil Ultra-on-the-Go Rapid Action Wipes are good for those with acne prone skin.

Ensure you carry them in your gym bag or put them in your night stand so you do not forget. Failing to clean the makeup can pile up dirt and bacteria which could lead to skin dullness, breakouts and in the long-term wrinkles.

Smoking

This has been said over and over, its downsides are so many and apparently skin health is one of them.

By disrupting elastic fiber functions in the skin, smoking causes yellowing of a person’s complexion.

It also accelerates the enzymes that break down collagen leading to the formation of wrinkles.

The good thing is that once you decide to quit smoking, it won’t take long before you start to see the benefits. In only two weeks, your skin becomes smooth, bright and lively.

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Camilla Evaline

Why settle for average when you can have the best?

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