You do it all in your power to get flawless, beautiful skin—buy the right skincare products, find the time to try home remedies and get the best skincare treatments. But you still end up with blemishes, acne, excess oil or dry and dull skin. It is unfair and frustrating, yes, but have you wondered what could be the reason for it? While you swear by your skincare regimen like your life depends on it, the way you do it or what you do when you are not pampering your skin could be harming it and keeping you from achieving healthy and beautiful skin.
Let’s go a little deeper into the matter. You knowingly or unknowingly make skincare mistakes on a daily basis that affect your skin. Bad skin habits like touching your face with dirty hands, sleeping with makeup on and not moisturising enough can also lead to skin problems and can mess up your skin big time. Here we have a list of 7 bad skin habits you need to break if beautiful skin is on your bucket list. Take a look at all the things you should and shouldn’t do in order to get spotless and beautiful skin and change these habits right away...
- Keep your hands off from face
- Don’t pop that pimple
- Swear by a skin-friendly diet
- Don’t forget the SPF
- Sleeping with makeup is a complete no-no
- Be gentle while exfoliating
- Don’t stay up late
Keep your hands off from face
Stop picking or fiddling or generally touching your skin. It can affect your skin and cause umpteen skin woes. Picking flaky and dry skin can satisfy your OCD-ed self but it isn’t doing any good for your skin. It can result in permanent or long lasting scars and pigmentation. Moisturise your flaky and chapped skin with a hydrating lotion instead of scraping the skin off. Also, touching your face with grimy hands can harm your skin in ways you didn’t even think about. Your hands have germs and sweat which leads to acne when they come in contact with your skin. It clogs the pores and can trigger your acne, making it even worse. Always make sure your hands are squeaky clean before you touch your skin to keep breakout at bay and get clear and beautiful skin.
Don’t pop that pimple
Spotting a zit is a nightmare but how you handle it can make or break your skincare game. If you are one of those who would rather pop the pimple than giving it time to heal or treating it with appropriate topical methods, we’d like to tell you to stop doing that right away! Squeezing pimples can push the bacteria deeper into skin, causing redness and irreparable scabs. It can further aggravate the zit and leave a scar or blackish mark that you certainly don’t want on your skin for a lifetime. Yes, these stubborn acne marks and don’t fade away easily. So, next time you get an ugly pimple and are too tempted to pop it, resist by thinking of the damage it will do to your skin. Rather, wash your face with an anti-acne face wash or treat it with benzoyl peroxide.
Swear by a skin-friendly diet
You are what you eat and it holds true in the case of your skin too. You skin is a reflection of what you eat and thus healthy diet means healthy skin. If you want to get beautiful skin, you need to think about your skin and not your taste buds while munching on a snack. Foods high in fat, sugar, refined carbs and calories can contribute to acne, dullness and more since they result in producing more sebum and speeding up your ageing clock. Rather, include fresh vegetables and fruits in your meals to get effortlessly beautiful skin. These have antioxidants and skin-loving vitamins and minerals that help skin repair and rejuvenate from within. Apart from diet, keep your body and skin hydrated by drinking enough water.
Don’t forget the SPF
You may not like slathering heavy sunscreens on your skin, especially if you have oily skin, but skipping on sunscreen is the worst thing you are doing to your skin. Tanning, sunburn, ageing signs, skin irritation, pigmentation and even skin cancer are caused by radical damage done by the harmful UVB rays. All of these skin concerns can be avoided by protecting your skin from the dangerous rays of the sun.
Never step out without a layer of sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on your face, neck and hands. It is recommended to apply sunscreen even when you are indoors since sunlight can pass through curtains and window shields and can affect your skin. If you have oily skin, try sunscreen with lightweight formula that suits your skin but don’t forget to include it in your morning skincare routine.
Sleeping with makeup is a complete no-no
You are tired and it’s late! Who’s got time to remove makeup? Plus, it is just one night; you’ll remove it in the morning, right? Wrong! Sleeping with makeup on is no less than an assault to your skin and it is very important to clean all your makeup off from your face before you hit the sack. The makeup and product residue clogs pores, damage skin cells and it doesn’t allow skin to breathe. The result is you get acne, fine lines and wrinkles and your skin appears dull. Make it a habit to swipe off every trace of makeup from your face before you sleep. First, clean with a facial wipe and follow up with a face wash to cleanse your skin. Go to bed clean and moisturised skin so you wake up to fresh and beautiful skin every morning.
Be gentle while exfoliating
While exfoliating skincare is necessary, over exfoliating can wreak havoc on your skin. A good scrub moisturises, clears dirt from pores and dead skin cells and nourishes new cells. However, exfoliating too much or too often can zap the natural moisture of your skin and make it dry and flaky. Swear by a mild exfoliator and use it according to your skin type and needs. If you have oily skin, you can scrub thrice a week, if you have dry or sensitive skin, stick to weekly exfoliation. Normal skin types can exfoliate twice a week. Also, be gentle while exfoliating as the beads and granules of the scrub can harm extremely dry and sensitive skin when scrubbed rigorously. Scrub with a light hand, massage in a circular motion and always follow up with a moisturiser.
Don’t stay up late
You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s rest is for healthy and beautiful skin. Your skin does its job of repairing cells, producing collagen and more while you sleep. Not getting enough sleep hinders with this and gives you dark circles, signs of ageing and makes your skin appear dull and lifeless with time. While sleeping for a minimum of 7-8 hours will add glow and retain elasticity, staying up late will steal the lustre off your skin and make it look a few years older. To avoid this and get younger looking skin, try to get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Adequate sleep could be the answer to unlocking beautiful and glowing skin in the morning and maintaining the health of your skin.