Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have bad habits. They get in the way of us doing all that we can to maintain our skin. There are some obvious ones like not remembering to wear your sunscreen or forgetting to moisturize regularly, but the less obvious bad habits are typically the ones that get us. These habits either seem like they can’t do anything or like they’re a perfectly good idea. Almost everyone likely has at least a few bad skin habits that they need to work on to work their way towards better skincare. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a handy friend to highlight when you’ve made a mistake or if that new idea you’re trying isn’t really the healthiest for your skin. That’s why we’ve decided to review some of the most common bad skin habits so that you can determine if you have a habit that needs breaking.
Get Some Sleep
This is partly general health rule and partly a beauty rule. Not getting enough sleep is an incredibly common problem for anyone living in the modern world. There just never seems to be enough time to get everything we want done. Before you know it, you’re making a poor choice and staying up late to try to get through a project or whatever requires your attention. We all need to try to be better about sleep if we’re going to look our best though. On average, most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Look into practicing good sleep hygiene to help ensure you get it. Set a time to go to bed and stick to it. Make your room cool, but not cold. Change your sheets and pillowcases weekly or at the very least wash them. Getting enough sleep help minimizes eye puffiness and in general helps you look healthier and more rested. Looking after your sheets can help minimize breakouts by reducing the amount of time your spend pressing your face against an oily pillowcase.
This does not mean cutting back on tanning. This means stopping entirely. Tanning is not good for your skin. It is a symptom of large scale sun damage that your body is trying desperately to minimize while you keep subjecting your body to the damage. Indoor tanning is one of the worst things you can do to your skin and outdoor tanning isn’t much better. Tanning is not healthy. It looks good, but it will hurt your skin increasing over the course of your life. You should try to find sunless tanning products designed for your complexion rather than trying to actually tan. These products have a bad reputation from their early years when they were obviously fake, but modern sunless tanning products are safe, reliable, and realistic looking. Best of all, sunless tanning products won’t cause sun damage.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Another big problem comes in when we think we’re doing well, but actually hurting our skin. This frequently takes the form of either over cleansing or over-exfoliating. Cleansing and exfoliating products exists to help clean our skin and provide us with a blank area to work with for our skincare routine. Your skin is better able to absorb products when it has been appropriately cleaned. Most of us don’t have much of an issue, but something as simple as the change of a season can lead to our typical habits no longer working appropriately. This is why you want to pay attention to your skin when seasons turn. Cleansing products aid in oil control and in purging grime from the skin. Exfoliating products follow up on this and help remove layers of dead skin cells. Using either too much can damage your skin by reducing your natural moisture barriers. Most people can get away with using a gentle cleanser once or twice a day at most. Exfoliating should only happen twice a week for most people and even less frequently for people with sensitive skin.
It is easy to become sure that you’re doing well by your skin when everything seems to be fine. The truth is that you can still be making poor choices for your skin even when you think your skin is perfectly healthy. We’ve touched only only a few of the most common bad skin habits that you might have. You may want to do a little more investigation to find out other bad habits. Learning what not to do will help ensure your products are more effective and that you can keep looking like your best self longer.