5 Skin Care Habits To Break!
We are always so busy talking about what to do to your skin – that we fail to discuss what NOT to do to your skin. There are so many habits that are bad for your skin but here are just a few that I feel are most important:
- Don’t dehydrate your skin.
If you know me, or even just heard of me, then you know I am a strong advocate of hydrating the skin – I’m wearing a sheet mask as I type this – and hydrating the skin means so much more than applying a moisturizer. Keep in mind that prevention is always better, and easier, than correcting. To be certain you do not dehydrate the skin: stay away from alcohol-based products, become friends with facial oils, and most importantly, drink enough water. How much is enough? About half your weight in ounces should suffice.
- Refrain from putting your phone on your face.
Your phone carries too many germs and is full of bacteria – especially if you keep it in your hands like me. Want to avoid unnecessary breakouts? Keep your phone out of your face! Clean your phone regularly by wiping it down with some rubbing alcohol (70%). Technology has come too far for you to still be putting your phone in your face. Get some wireless headphones and enjoy clear skin.
- Avoid long, hot showers.
Hot showers can be so relaxing, I know, but they can also be SO drying. Spending too much time in a hot shower will cause the outer layer of your skin to be stripped – which leads to extreme dryness. A nice hot-ish shower for just a few minutes should do just fine.
- Don’t skip nap time.
Listen – sleep is my favorite past time which may be why I still look 10 years younger than I am. The reason you want to make certain you get enough sleep is because your skin does all it’s best work while you’re sleeping. This is the best time to use all your treatment products because during sleep, your skin cells renew, and your pores are cleared which allows for deeper penetration of products.
- Over-exfoliating is not your friend.
Just like long, hot showers, over-exfoliation can strip the skin of its natural oils which will lead to dehydration. Try to limit your exfoliation to about once a week for physical exfoliants.
There is many more skin care don’ts but if you take heed to these, I promise your skin will thank you! Until next time…