We spend a lot of time taking care of our skin. We cleanse it. We tone it. We moisturize it. We exfoliate it. We protect it with sunscreen. But despite all our best efforts, our skin still doesn’t look its best.
Before investing lots of money in new miracle products and treatments that rarely deliver, take a good look at your habits. It may be that something you though harmless is instead damaging your skin.
Here are five nasty habits to avoid:
1. Popping that pimple
Pimples are so ugly that when one rears its head (and they always do so in the most noticeable places, don’t they?), all you want to do is get rid of it as soon as possible. And so you pop it. But that could lead to infection and, in the worst cases, even permanent scarring. Not worth it, is it? So hands off!
2. Taking hot, long showers and baths
When the weather is freezing cold outside, it’s just so nice to come back home and take a long, hot shower, isn’t it? Unfortunately, hot water is not your friend. Its strips the natural, protective oils from your skin, leaving it dry and itchy. It’s better to take shorter showers in lukewarm water instead. They may not be as pleasant, but your skin will thank you!
3. Licking your lips
When our lips feel dry (or our lip balm or gloss taste delicious!) we’re tempted to lick them. But doing so will only bring some relief for a few short minutes. And then, your lips will feel even worse than before. That’s because licking lips causes water to evaporate. And a loss of water means less hydration. So, resist the urge to lick your lips, and apply a lip balm instead.
4. Using dirty tools
We wash our face twice a day to get rid of all the gunk that has accumulated on it during the day (and night). But what about the many accessories – towels, tweezers, makeup brushes etc – that come in contact with our skin every day? If those aren’t probably cleansed too, then the dirt (and maybe even bacteria!) on them will transfer onto our freshly-cleaned skin, leading to infections and breakouts. Not to mention that dirty tools don’t perform as well as clean ones do. So, give them a good wash regularly.
5. Drinking too much alcohol
There’s nothing wrong with having a drink every now and then. It may even be good for you. We all know that drinking a glass of wine at dinner has some health benefits. But you should never drink too much. Alcohol dehydrates your body, including your skin, which then becomes dry, rough and itchy. Plus, it can also increase inflammation, which is one of the main causes of premature aging. So, drink only in moderation.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? And do you have other habits that are bad for skin?