A lot of what we do every day seem mundane and harmless.
What we don’t know is we commit plenty of seemingly innocent mistakes that eventually take a toll on our skin, resulting to premature skin aging.
Don’t fret. Identifying bad habits is the first step to correcting them so continue reading and learn.
Not Applying Sunscreen
The more exposed you are to the sun, the more vulnerable skin becomes. A bit of sun is fine and healthy but never, ever forget to apply sunscreen no matter how little your exposure to the sun is. You may think you are spared from the sun during rainy days or wintertime but this is a misconception. The sun’s rays are powerful and should not be underestimated. In fact, applying sunscreen indoors is also recommended since UV rays can also penetrate glass.
Use a quality sunscreen with decent sun protection factor. An SPF of 15 is fine but at least 30 is much better. Sunscreen containing ingredients with antioxidants provide extra protection.
Forgetting Your Neck & Hands
Everyone is guilty of this at one point or another. Usually, the primary focus is the face when we apply products to protect our skin. Applying everywhere else may seem a bit tedious. The thing is, any damage the face is susceptible to can also affect the neck and hands.
Remember to apply moisturizer and sunscreen generously on your neck and hands as you would your face. This extra step will go a long way.
Spot Treatment Of Pimples
No one is a stranger to acne. Even people who are well past their teens get acne from time to time. Pimples can be unsightly. For many people, the solution is to apply ointment to dry out specific spots. Although this may help reduce redness, it leaves the area irritated and raw. This practice is actually not helping you get rid of your zits.
The best way to treat acne and prevent breakouts in the future is to wash the entire face. Use a cleanser that will help fight acne once a day.
Sleeping With Makeup On
After a long day, it can be tempting to go straight to bed and just doze off. Not taking a shower or cleaning up before going to bed is bad for your skin especially when you have makeup on. Oil, dirt, and other unpleasant toxins build up and clog your pores. These cause problems like breakouts.
Take an extra minute before hitting the sack to cleanse with facial wash or swab with cleansing wipes.
Replacing Products Too Fast
There are many products in the market touted to do wonders for the skin. It can be difficult to find the right product especially if you don’t get the immediate results you hoped for. When you don’t see your desired effect at once, don’t get ahead of yourself. You may be itching to replace the one you’re currently using after a week. However, you have to remember to use a product for more than a month to really see its effect.
You may need to wait as long as four months to reap the benefits of anti-aging products.
Using Many Products Simultaneously
The amount of products promoted to achieve youthful skin is staggering. Who wouldn’t want to have beautiful skin at 60? Moisturizers, serums, toners, night creams, and so many other products are encouraged for daily use. Before you develop the habit of applying your anti-aging products all at once, you need to try each product one at a time.
By doing this, you’ll know if each product is good for your skin before combining all of them.
Sleep is crucial in a lot of ways. Lack of sleep affects your body internally as well as externally. Our skin is constantly fighting against stressors. Stress increases the production of oil and this can lead to breakouts. Sleep is the only time our whole body recovers and repairs itself.
Get enough sleep and your body, most especially your skin, will feel rejuvenated.