Looking in the mirror in the morning, you probably sigh every time you notice bags under your eyes or extra lines around your face. You probably resign yourself to the fact that the ageing process has begun, unaware that it’s you who is causing damage to your skin – some of the time anyway. From bad habits we take part in, knowingly or otherwise, we can all affect the way we look on a daily basis. We will list some of them here, so take heed. Mother Nature may not be to blame after all!
Drinking too much coffee
Yes, we know you need your caffeine pick me up first thing in the morning, and probably throughout the day too, when your energy flags, but drink too much and your skin will dry out, causing wrinkles. Mix up your drinks during the day, avoiding anything with caffeine in it. Natural fruit juices or water is infinitely better for your energy levels, leaving your skin hydrated, and warding off wrinkles.
Not removing your makeup
Late nights aren’t good for your skin – hello baggy eyes – and neither is leaving your makeup on because you are too tired to clean it off. Not only will you stain your pillows with all the colours of the rainbow, but you are playing havoc with your skin too. The leftover makeup will clog up your pores, and you are going to wake up with a face looking worse than last night’s pizza. Which leads us to the next point…
Popping your zits
So, your face has come out in zits, probably thanks to the makeup issue we have just mentioned – although there are other, more surprising reasons. Your natural instinct is to pop them, but this can be a mistake, especially if you haven’t washed your hands first. You are only spreading the bacteria, leading to a fresh outbreak of zits, so your better option is to use special spot cream from your local pharmacy, or at least wash your hands thoroughly before squeezing those zits, and giving your face a good scrub afterwards.
Spending too long in the shower
We aren’t saying don’t get in the shower – not only will you smell if you don’t, but you won’t be doing your skin any favours, either. On the other hand, you shouldn’t spend too long in there, no matter how relaxing it can be. The heat will dehydrate your skin and will leave it looking red and blotchy. If you don’t want to look like a lobster when you go to work, limit your time in the shower in the morning, or turn the temperature down, at least.
Spending too long in the sun
Sun worshippers beware! Too much time in the sun can be bad for your skin, and can seriously affect your health. Not only can it cause sunburn, but it can also lead to skin cancer. To protect yourself, you should lather yourself in sun cream, and spend as much time in the shelter as you can. It’s important to know the warning signs too, such as darkened moles, so make sure you see your doctor for a mole check, etc. if you have any worries.
Squinting and frowning
To be honest, if you are squinting all the time, you probably do need to see your optician and get yourself some glasses or contact lens. And if you’re frowning a lot, it may be time to cheer yourself up a little bit. Both squinting and frowning will add to the lines on your face, so turn that frown upside down before you have to squint at further lines in the mirror.
Not washing your pillowcases
And you thought sleep was supposed to be good for your skin! As well as the dangers of unwashed makeup, you should also clean your pillowcases regularly. As well as the mascara stains, there is also bacteria from the dead skin you leave behind on your pillow. Again, this will lead to acne on your face. So wash your pillowcases regularly, preferably in bleach, and do the same for the rest of your bedding. Bed bugs do bite, after all!
Succumbing to stress
We all get stressed in life, but you do need to find ways to combat it. Not only will stress affect your emotional and mental health, but it can also affect you physically, especially on your skin. Rashes and eczema are common when stressed, as well as increased wrinkle lines and other blemishes. While you can’t permanently eliminate stress from your life, you can reduce the problem, such as taking time out to relax, with activities such as yoga and walking.
Exfoliating a little too much
Okay, so exfoliating is good for your skin, as it clears your pores from bacteria and those pesky free radicals. So, while you should exfoliate occasionally, you don’t want to overdo it. Exfoliate too much and you will dry out your skin, cleaning it of the natural oils your skin needs to stay supple. You can also leave friction marks on your skin through excessive scrubbing. Unless you have extremely oily skin (exfoliate daily), experts say you should exfoliate around 2-3 times a week.
Using your phone
Think about it. How many times in a day do you touch your phone and hold it up to your face? As wonderful as these devices are, they are going to get covered in bacteria. Every time you touch your phone, or let somebody else hold it to see your latest snaps, you are going to spread germs from your hands to your face and jawlines. While you don’t need to wear gloves 24/7 to counter the issue, you should at least carry some antibacterial wipes around with you, giving your phone the occasional clean throughout the day.
Skin care is important, for health and aesthetic reasons. After reading the habits we have listed above, you may have found the answer to why your skin doesn’t always look it’s best. While clearing up the questions you may have had, following our advice will clear your skin up, too. Still, you should always speak to your doctor or dermatologist if you have any specific concerns. It’s better to be safe than sorry.