If you have frustrating skin problems, it might be time to look at your bad skin habits.
Chances are, you probably know all about the habits you should be adopting for healthier skin.
However, you may not realize that there are a bunch of things that make your skin worse, and you might not be aware you're even causing any damage. It usually takes a while to form a habit, which could mean you've been unknowingly wreaking havoc on your skin for quite some time, when in actual fact, you thought you were doing the opposite.
If you have frustrating skin problems, whether it’s dry and cracking or you find yourself breaking out for no apparent reason, it might be time to look at your bad skin habits.
But first off, you need to be aware of where you might be going wrong with your daily habits that affect your skin directly.
#1 Touching your face
Generally speaking, your hands pick up all kinds of dirt and bacteria from your environment. When you touch your face, all that is transferred to it and this can lead to breakouts and rashes.
Every time you rest your hand on your chin, play with your hair or cover your mouth to yawn, you're transporting bacteria, bugs and sweat to everywhere else you touch afterward – and that's not all.
You're also transferring germs from everything you touched before that moment (money, your work keyboard, the toilet door handle…) back up to your face simultaneously – eek!
#2 Not enough sleep
During sleep, your body goes into repair and replenish mode, regenerating skin, muscles, blood and brain cells. It also produces new collagen.
People categorized as poor sleepers had increased signs of premature skin aging and a decreased ability for their skin to repair itself at night from things like sun exposure. Even worse, chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a negative impact on skin function and aging.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Fortunately, you don’t need to perfect your Sleeping Beauty act to see results. Just adequate hours a night should be enough for most people to adequately heal their skin.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults sleep seven to nine hours every day (7 to 8 if they're over 65).
#3 Phone issues
The mobile phone is the dirtiest personal possession that we carry around. In some cases, it has been found to have more germs than a toilet.
These germs are readily transferred to our faces each time we use our phones. This can lead to rashes and breakouts. Hours spent talking on your cell phone can lead to breakouts and rashes along your jawline and cheek.
To try and reduce this, opt to use the "hands-free option" whenever possible.
Make sure to keep antibacterial wipes with you and clean your phone to keep the phone (and skin!) clean.
#4 Neglecting your lips
3 to 5 cellular layers of skin rest upon your lips, so it's important that your beauty regime includes them too.
Frequently having dry, chapped lips causes them to age faster. Moisturize them using a lip balm. Look for lipsticks and lip balm that contain petrolatum, dimethicone, and glycerine to help keep your smackers hydrated.
In some cases, dry lips are an early sign of dehydration, so make sure you keep yourself well hydrated.
Reminder: You're not a dermatologist and should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anywhere else on your face. It's one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects.
Squeezing pimples can lead to scarring and dark spots on your face. Aggressive squeezing can lead to the pimple rupturing below the skin surface, which in turn will lead to more breakouts.
This can turn into a vicious circle that will lead to your skin never being clear of blemishes. The more people press and manipulate blemishes, the more inflammation they create underneath, dermatologists explain. The result is scars or discolorations left on the skin, which can last months, if not forever.
As if you needed another incentive to quit, just know: Your skin will be so grateful. In addition to causing premature aging, it's endangering your health.
Smoking has been found to reduce skin elasticity. This promotes the formation of wrinkles. Even if you don’t smoke, being around smokers can cause your skin to sag and can speed up the wrinkle process.
Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer, a dangerous skin disease that can metastasize and spread if not caught early, doctors warn.
#7 Failing to care regularly
After a long day, it can be difficult to stand at the sink to wash your face. But this is the best way to remove all the day’s dirt and grime from your face and ready it to repair itself while you sleep.
However, just cleansing ain't gonna cut it.
Washing your face isn't quite enough to satisfy your skin-care quota. Skin requires daily moisturizing, daily sun-protection, and annual monitoring to screen for skin cancer. Skin cancers can usually be treated, and cured, if caught early.