5 Ways You Might Be Messing Up Your Skin
Let’s be honest: we all have flaws and we all make mistakes. Whether it’s cutting another driver off, making that snarky remark, or completely destroying our health food kick by devouring a gallon of ice cream, we’ve all had moments where we weren’t at our best. The key though, is to make sure that these mistakes don’t become a habit, or else they can have a serious negative impact on our lives. The same principle applies to your health and daily skin care routine. We’ve compiled a list of things people do that are bad for skin - especially the delicate skin on your face! Read on to discover if you’re sabotaging your skin health!
Touching your face too much.
No offense intended, but your hands can have some pretty nasty stuff on them. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there are approximately 1,500 bacteria on each square centimeter of your hands - that is a lot of germs for such a small space! What does this mean for your skin? Everytime you touch your face unnecessarily, you’re potentially imparting dirt, oil, germs, and more. This can have a super negative effect on your skin (think pimples, breakouts, blackheads) and your health (getting germs into mucus membranes like your eyes and mouth).
Picking at scars, pimples, etc.
Are you a picker? Plenty of people are, and it’s a hard habit to kick. While picking, squeezing, or scratching a blemish might give you some short-term relief, in the long run it is bound to damage your skin. Damage can range from simple redness and inflammation to more serious scars and chronic conditions. Acne scars can also cause problems. While you may not be able to control when a pimple decides to pop up, you can control whether to pick at it or not (and didn’t you just read how dirty your hands can be?!). Take control of your skin care routine and don’t.squeeze.the.zit!
Not protecting your skin from the elements.
Regardless of where you live, chances are that your face is exposed to sunlight multiple times a day. Like most things, a little bit of sun can actually be really good for you, but you definitely want to protect delicate face and neck skin from UVA and UVB damage. Dark spots and other damage are a result of too much sun. Wind, extreme cold, and very dry conditions are also some elements you want to protect against through clothing, protective wear, and health products.
It makes sense that the foods you eat can impact your overall health and skin condition. Greasy, processed foods can mean greasy skin that is more prone to breakouts...and if you’re a picker, this can be a real problem! But whether you pick or not, don’t underestimate the impact that diet and nutrition can have on your skin health. The less healthy your skin is, the more likely you’ll need an intensive skin care routine. Look for a balanced diet of proteins, fats, fruits, and vegetables to help all aspects of your health.
Not drinking enough water.
Just like eating a balanced diet, making sure you’re drinking enough water is very important to your skin health. For the record, sodas, coffees, juices, etc don’t quite count...there is no substitute for plain old water. Of course, if you need to spice it up, try seltzer water or squirting some fruit juice in your glass. These little tricks can help you consume more water, which can keep your skin hydrated and help you avoid dryness and premature wrinkles and lines.
At some point in your life, you’re likely to do one or all of these things to your skin. Just remember not to make it a habit! To learn more about how to improve your skin care routine, check out our blog and success stories!
Which of these bad habits do YOU do? Tell us in the comments!