We all want our skin to glow. But let’s face it, it’s not as easy as it seems. There are several mistakes you’re making. Maybe you’re following the wrong steps, or mixing the wrong ingredients.
Today we’ll be talking about everyday things that are secretly ruining your skin. Are you letting your hair products touch your skin? Why is using too many skincare products harmful? What about facial hair removal methods? Could they be a problem as well? We’ll be talking about all of these AND more…
1. Allowing your hair products to touch your skin
So how do you wash your hair? Do you let your conditioner come in contact with your face? Something as common as a hair mask, shampoo, or conditioner could be ruining your skin without your knowledge.
Most hair products have a pore-clogging effect on your skin. This is because most of the hair products you use have sulfates in them. These cause acne, pimples, and other types of irritations on your face. While it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid getting hair products on your skin, you can still try using a headband or even a towel to cover your face. The next best thing to do would be to use non-sulfate products.
2. Too many skincare products
If you keep switching your skincare products regularly, it will negatively affect your skin. Instead of helping, you may find it hard for your skin to get used to new preservatives and ingredients. As a result, you might experience breakouts.
Imagine getting acne when all you wanted was glowing skin! Even skincare products that are supposed to help may just end up hurting you if you overuse them or change them too often. Instead of experimenting with various skincare products, pick one or two that are good for your skin and stick to them. If you’re patient and give the products some time, they will benefit your skin.
3. Facial hair products
If the products you use for facial hair removal are comedogenic, all you’re doing is replacing one problem with another. Comedogenic means it blocks the pores of the skin, causing gross blackheads. Certain facial hair products cause your pores to clog, resulting in an acne breakout.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, you’ll need to avoid using products that have pore-clogging ingredients such as palm oil and coconut oil, among many others. The best thing you can do is to stick to cosmetics that aren’t toxic.
Make sure you’re looking at the label before you buy it.
4. Traveling somewhere new
Another reason your skin’s showing signs of trouble is because of a new environment. If you travel to a new location, your skin may exhibit harmful effects caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, temperature changes or humidity. Any of these factors could trigger breakouts or aggravate existing issues.
This does not, of course, mean you should never travel to any new location. That’s obviously not a feasible solution. Instead, try adapting to these new conditions. What you can do to deal with the situation is to try, and avoid too much exposure to the sun.
When you do have to step outside, do so only after you’ve applied a high SPF sunscreen. Preferably one with zinc oxide in its ingredients. If heat is not the issue, and you’re instead going to a place with colder temperatures, make sure you moisturize your skin at all times. This way, you’ll avoid dehydration.
5. Toxins in your makeup remover
There’s no skincare routine in the world that doesn’t feature makeup remover. You need it at the end of the day, or your skin will suffer in the long run.
While you might keep track of the skincare products you’re using, you could forget about the toxins in the makeup remover you’re using. The solution again is to use makeup removal products that are non-comedogenic.
Make sure the very product trying to remove the makeup from your skin isn’t causing its own damage. You should also wash your face slowly after you’re done getting rid of the makeup. This way, you’ll get rid of remnants of oil, makeup, or even dirt from your face. Anything that may cause problems later on.
6. Processed food
Do you love eating highly processed foods like pickles, chips, and pizza? If yes, you could be ruining your skin. Eating fast foods like french fries and burgers on a regular basis can lead to acne breakouts.
Food high in carbohydrates can also cause skin irritation. This is because these foods end up affecting your blood sugar levels directly.
The obvious thing to do is to cut high-carb foods from your diet. Eat more protein-rich foods instead. This will not only make your skin healthy, but it’s incredibly good for your overall health. You should also add lots of fruits and veggies to your diet. Glowing, clear skin is just a few salads away!
7. Sleeping on your stomach
During your sleep, it’s your pillow that absorbs everything – whether it’s your sweat, dust, or drool. If you tend to sleep on your stomach, your face would be pressed to the pillow. This raises the chances of an acne breakout on your skin.
Drooling is very common during our sleep cycles. When you press your face to the pillow, your pores will get clogged from all these substances. To avoid this particular issue, try to sleep on your back so your face doesn’t touch the pillow at all.
8. Using a washcloth
Something as basic as using a washcloth too many times can cause irritation to your skin. When you scrub your face with a washcloth, your skin’s exposed to all the additional exfoliation. This causes a negative effect on your complexion.
The best way to fight this problem is to stop using your washcloth so much. Instead of using it every day, try for only 3 or 4 times a week. This way, there will be less damage done to your skin.
9. Using too much water
Extreme temperatures are not good for your skin. This is true for both hot and cold water. Either way, you’d be causing significant damage to your skin. Using cold water would not be useful, as it’s not as effective in removing the buildup that would have gotten in. At the same time, hot water can cause irritation to your skin, and will make it dry.
Instead, you should cleanse your skin using lukewarm water. Not only does it remove the buildup in your skin, but it will also keep the healthy oils. Ideally, your water temperature needs to be between 98ºF and 108ºF. That’s the sweet spot you need to aim for.
10. Not washing your face in the morning
When you sleep at night, there is a buildup of dirt, bacteria, and oil on your skin. Your body also takes the opportunity to repair your skin. As a result, a lot of oils and toxins are produced during the process. If you don’t wash all this buildup in the morning, then it would cause your skin to age rapidly.
These oils and toxins are also the reason why you get wrinkles. Sometimes, they even come in the way of the proper functioning of your sunscreen. To avoid all this, you need to make sure you wash your face every morning after you wake up. This way, you can cleanse all your pores of harmful oils, and get the fresh skin you want.
11. Not using sunscreen indoors
People seem to think you only need to apply sunscreen when you’re going outside. Whether you’re going to the beach, or simply out for a walk. That’s the biggest sin against your skin. Truly! You could be sitting by the window or using your computer, you may be exposing your skin to damaging light. It isn’t just UVA and UVB damaging your skin. Blue light coming from your phone screen or your laptop is also bad for you.
Get a sunscreen that protects your skin from all of these! And make sure you apply it as often as you can. Getting flawless skin isn’t rocket science. You just need to know the right tips and include them in your daily skincare regimen. Make sure you focus on your diet as well. What you eat impacts the health of your skin.