Your skin says a lot about how you take care of yourself and what kind of life you lead. It’s the first thing people see when you meet them, so if you want to make a good complexion impression, you’re going to have to make sure your face looks fabulous.
From sleeping in your make-up to not drinking enough water – we’re all guilty of committing the odd beauty crime, but we have put together a list of the major skincare faux pas to avoid at all cost if you don’t want skin damage. The following bad habits are the ones that can have the biggest effect on your skin.
1. Lack of sleep
Not getting enough sleep can wreak havoc on your skin. When you sleep, your body repairs the damage that is caused during the day, so this skin rejuvenation is critical. Not getting enough sleep can cause baggy, dark circles under your eyes, dull skin and inflammation.
When your body is fighting to stay awake muscle tone relaxes so you look saggy, blood pressure drops which robs skin of colour and you’re prone to puffiness due to poor circulation,
While squeaky-clean pores may initially feel good, harsh cleansing or too much exfoliating can actually exacerbate oil production and worsen breakouts by spreading bacteria.
3. Squeezing spots
Squeezing a spot just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores, causing inflammation, infection and scarring. Though it might be tempting, it’s best avoided.
4. Best before
Using out of date products is surprisingly common. Not only will your make-up not help you look your best if it’s a few months out of date, it could actually lead to developing a nasty rash or worse.
There are a whole host of health reasons why you shouldn’t smoke, but the damaging effect it has on your skin is worth considering too. When you smoke, you diminish the skin’s ability to get the oxygen it needs. Without optimal oxygen, skin cells can’t renew themselves. It creates wrinkles and also makes your skin appear dull.
6. Unprotected sun exposure
Incidental sun exposure (the little bits of sun we get) while walking, driving, etc., build up over the years. Apply a sunscreen, with at least SPF15, daily – and don’t forget your hands and neck. If you plan on getting more sun exposure, wear SPF 30 and reapply every two hours. And don’t be fooled into thinking that your clothing acts as sun protection, your clothes only provide an SPF 4. Protecting your skin from the sun daily will help prevent premature ageing (think brown spots and fine lines) and skin cancer.
7. Sun bed use
Ten minutes in a tanning bed is equal to getting a full day of unprotected sun exposure — yikes! So instead of baking on your colour, try “applying colour” by way of self-tanners or bronzer.