Bad skin habits to break (like, now!)
Think you have your skincare routine down pat but still find yourself stuck with pesky skin problems?
We’ve all been guilty of bad habits like popping pimples, going to bed wearing make-up, not cleaning brushes and forgetting to moisturise day and night. However, you may be guilty of some skin sins that you weren’t even aware of. To help, we’ve listed six common cases of bad skin behaviour and how to fix them.
There’s no denying the wonderfully smooth feeling of freshly-scrubbed skin. While exfoliation is full of many benefits such as evening out skin tone, unclogging pores and leaving your skin looking luminous, it should only be done around every three days. Getting overzealous with scrubbing - whether it’s too often, too hard or for too long - can intensify oil production and worsen breakouts as well as causing irritation and redness.
2. Unwittingly harbouring bacteria and other nasties
Everyday activities such as constant phone chatter and the way you sleep can contribute to your skin issues. The surface of your phone is overloaded with oil and bacteria and each time you use it these are transferred back on to your skin. This, as well as the friction of the phone against your jaw line, can lead to breakouts and rashes. Meanwhile, the build-up of dead skin cells on your pillowcase results in toxins and bacteria. Try regularly wiping your phone down with anti-bacterial wipes or consider using a headset and change your pillow case at least once every two weeks
3. Self diagnosis
Just like it’s easy to misdiagnose your flu symptoms on Google, it’s easy to misdiagnose your skin type. Using the wrong products for your skin type is a common mistake and a regular source of skin issues - for example, using a foaming cleaner on dry skin can make matters even worse. Try visiting a dermatologist who can properly diagnose your skin and recommend what products to look for and avoid.
4. Ignoring your neck and chest
For most, cleansing and moisturising usually stops at the jaw line – However it’s important to continue down to your neck and chest. The skin there is more delicate and just as vulnerable to signs of ageing, skin cancer and sunspots. Remember: everything you do for your face goes for your neck and décolletage as well.
5. Long, hot showers
A long, hot shower can be hard to resist and exfoliating or using a masque in the shower may be time-saving, but be sure to turn down the temperature to avoid unnecessary redness and inflammation. As well as this, the heat from a prolonged shower can strip away the outer most layer of the skin – leading it to become dry and scaly.
Are you guilty of these bad skin habits? Do you have any bad skin behaviour of your own? What are your trips for breaking a bad skin habit?
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