7 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Skin
Want To Find Out 7 Deadly Skin Care Sins?
We all know that smoking, alcohol and the sun can cause our skin to age prematurely.
But there are plenty of other skin sins that you might be guilty of committing without even realizing it…
So let’s take a look at 7 skin saboteurs and how you can avoid them to keep your skin looking healthy, vibrant and young.
Skin Sin # 1 – Over-Exfoliating
Exfoliating your skin should be a regular part of your beauty routine – it helps to keep skin smooth by sloughing away dead skin cells and encourages the growth of healthy new cells.However exfoliating the skin too often can encourage excessive oil production and this may result in spot and pimple breakouts.
What’s more the action of exfoliating (i.e. applying the exfoliating product over your whole face) can make breakouts worse by spreading existing bacteria around your face.
Exfoliating only once a week or less is recommended if you have oily or sensitive skin.
Skin Sin # 2 – Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
If you don’t keep your makeup brushes, sponges or applicators clean you run the risk of bacterial infections and clogged pores that can lead to spot and pimple breakouts.
Try to clean your makeup brushes once every fortnight using a gentle, 100% natural shampoo or soap to avoid irritating your skin on future contact.
Rinse with tepid water thoroughly and then leave to dry overnight.
Skin Sin # 3 – Giving Up Or Not Even Trying!
One skin mistake younger people make is thinking that they don’t need to prepare their skin for the aging process just yet.
When you’re in your 20s it’s easy to think that you can put in more effort later on in life and that you don’t need to even consider skin aging at this point in your life.
It is never too early to start a skin care regime that is designed to preserve your skin as best as possible.
If you can pick up good skin care habits now you will really be glad you did once you get to your late 30s when fine lines and wrinkles begin to show.
Likewise some older people think that it’s just too late to even be bothered with their skin – they wrongly think the damage is done so they neglect the skin further.
Even if your skin is lined or wrinkled as a result of earlier bad habits it’s never too late to start a skin care regime.
It’s possible to see great improvements to your complexion, skin tone and skin pallor by following good skin care habits at any age.
Skin Sin # 4 – Following All The Latest Skin Care Trends
We know it can be tempting to try out exciting new products especially if you’re a beauty addict who just can’t resist the lure and promises of all that is new, however some products may not be suitable for your skin type.
Just because a skin care product is new, or promises advanced skin technology it doesn’t mean that you need it.
It’s certainly better to assess new products by your skin type and stick to what you know will work best for you.
Skin Sin # 5 – Over-Using Your Mobile Phone
This may come as a surprise but your mobile phone can sabotage your skin.
If you’re prone to breakouts down one side of your face then consider that it could be your mobile phone causing the problem.
Even if your phones and hands are completely clean and bacteria free the fact is that the phone is in constant contact with the side of your face.
This causes heat build up and friction that can block pores and encourage the appearance of spots and pimples.
If this is a problem for you or you use your mobile phone a lot, then you may need to consider investing in a headset.
Skin Sin # 6 – Ignoring Your Neck And Décolletage
Beautiful skin doesn’t stop with your face.
If you concentrate on your facial skin in the hope of holding off the years but ignore the surrounding skin of your neck and décolletage (chest)they will ultimately give your true age away.
The neck and chest are often left exposed so are susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun and what’s more the skin in these areas is extra delicate.
This makes it doubly important for you to protect the skin of the neck and décolletage from the sun’s harmful UV rays and to keep it hydrated with moisturizer as part of your daily morning and evening skin care routine.
Skin Sin # 7 – Product Overload
Overloading your skin with beauty products, no matter what they promise, can have a detrimental effect on your skin.
There’s literally too much information out there on what the best products are for holding off the years or preventing this and that – it’s no wonder we’re all confused!
Some products that have been formulated in the beauty labs are not compatible with each other and many contain chemicals and additives that are simply too harsh for many skin types.
You may be duplicating active ingredients inadvertently which can cause skin irritation or you could be combining your products in such a way that they cancel out the active effects of the added ingredients.
For example if you are trying to combine adult acne products with products that aim to address sun damage you could be submitting your skin to an incompatible and harsh overload of ingredients.
Products containing AHA’s (glycolic acid), benzoyl peroxide, retinol or vitamin C need particular care and should always be used on their own rather than in layers.
The simplest solution to this problem is to say goodbye to harsh chemicals. Natural ingredients found at home in your own kitchen have proven just as effective in helping to maintain youthful skin.
What’s more you can be absolutely sure that you aren’t adding any nasty chemicals to your body through your skin. Natural is better, safer and just as effective.