Are you in the habit of touching your face, going to bed without removing your makeup or neglecting to put on sunscreen? These bad habits and a host of others can contribute to problem skin. If you want your complexion to glow, kick these common bad habits to the curb NOW!
Out with the bad …
- Smoking – Age can be a touchy subject and no 30-year-old wants to be told they look 40 or older. Smoking leads to premature aging and deprives the skin of oxygen, making it thin, dull and wrinkled. Kicking this bad habit is good for your skin and your general health overall. Having trouble quitting? Seek professional help.
- Touching and Picking Your Face – Easier said than done, but so crucial to sustaining clear skin. Our hands are in contact with billions of germs and bacteria daily, from touching doorknobs, using public restrooms and shaking hands. Those germs and bacteria are easily transferred to the face, which can cause breakouts. Resist the urge to pop, pick or scratch pimples or acne as that will only prolong the breakout. And if you must touch your face, always wash your hands thoroughly!
- Going to Bed in Full Makeup – Makeup is best worn while you are awake, not while you are sleeping. Wearing makeup to bed can cause pores to clog and result in acne. Develop a daily skin cleansing regime using safe skincare products suitable for your skin type. Clean skin = glowing complexion!
- Skin Care Products – Skin care products are not “one size fits all.” Selecting the wrong cleanser or moisturizer could spell disaster for your skin. Dry skin is best served by a cleanser with an oil-based component. For oily skin, a more water-based cleanser is recommended. It may take several trips to the cosmetics counter before finding the right fit for you skin type, but you should consult a dermatologist for professional help and advice as well.
- Exfoliation Overkill – The adage “too much of a good thing can be bad” might apply when it comes to exfoliation. Yes – exfoliation is good, but not needed daily. Over-exfoliation can lead to dry, irritated and red skin. A good compromise is to exfoliate once (for dry skin) or twice (for oily skin) per week.
- Using Dirty Makeup Brushes – Guess what? Makeup brushes and sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria, which is why it is so important to clean or replace them on a regular basis. Brushes or sponges used for applying foundation or concealer should be washed or replaced at least once a week. Brushes used to apply eyeshadow should be washed or replaced at least once a month. And lastly, share your cotton balls, but never share your brushes and sponges with friends to avoid cold sores, pink eye and breakouts.
- Neglecting to Wear Sunscreen – Sunscreen comes in many options – lotion, spray, stick – so there is no excuse to leave home without lathering up. Sunscreen provides protection from the sun and decreases your risk of skin cancer. Make it a habit to wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily. And don’t be stingy with it! Apply it everywhere on your body that may be exposed to the sun.
- Give Up the Sugar and Carbs – While loading up on sugar and carbs might be great fuel to get you to the finish line of a marathon, they are not so great for your skin. Diets high in sugar and carbs, such as ice cream, cakes, white bread, rice and pasta can speed up the aging process.
In with the good …
Once you have “kicked” those bad habits – replace them with some good skin habits.
- Try developing a daily skin care routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing twice a day.
- Get your beauty sleep! Try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. This good skin habit is part of Jennifer Lopez’s beauty regimen!
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The benefits of hydration include fewer wrinkles, improves complexion, reduces puffiness, clears acne and tightens skin.
- Create a skin-friendly diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!
- Have regular exams with a dermatologist to assess the health of your skin and check for skin cancer.
When it comes to skin care, the good always outweighs the bad. By embracing good skin habits, a glowing complexion is yours to have.