Do you break out in acne? Is your skin so dry it peels? Do you suffer from eczema, brown spots, or other skin issues? We have bad news. It could be partly your fault!
We all have bad habits, and some of those could be responsible for keeping healthy skin outside of your reach. We know that our diet, lack of exercise, and too many alcoholic drinks can hurt our skin, but there are other culprits too.
Did you know that some acne is pressure-induced? Bacteria and physical pressure on your face cause pressure-induced acne. What do we mean? Holding your smart phone against your cheek can cause acne. So can resting your face on your hand while you’re watching TV or working on the computer. Emotional stress is also another kind of pressure that can be detrimental to your skin.
The Fix: Don’t allow items that may be dirty to come into contact with your face. This means that you should never touch your face, and you should wipe off your phone, daily. Also, when you’re super stressed, go out and exercise.
How often do you wash your sheets and towels? If you’re not washing them every 1-3 days, you could be inviting bacteria into your skin. Every night, you press your face against your pillowcase for hours at a time. If it’s not clean, you’re exposing your skin to tons of bacteria and dead skin cells. Even your towels after a shower can hold germs if you’re not careful.
The Fix: Clean your pillowcases and towels at least 2 – 3 times each week. Or, if you don’t love cleaning, have three sets of each and rotate as needed.
Yes, your hair can harm your skin. If you wash your hair and use products that contain oil, plasticisers, and silicones, you’re asking for your pores to get clogged. Think about how often your hair touches your face. The hair products you use on a daily basis can either help you or hurt you.
The Fix: If you’re having a bad skin day, try wearing your hair up and out of your face. Or, make sure you choose products that are healthy and not harmful to your skin.
This shouldn’t be too surprising, but the wrong makeup can kill your healthy skin. Makeup brushes, applicators, and sponges are often crawling with bacteria and dead skin cells. So, every time you apply makeup, not only are you covering your skin with chemicals, but you’re also adding germs and bacteria.
The Fix: Clean your makeup sponges and brushes every week with shampoo. Also, use makeup that is oil-free and non-pore clogging.
You can over-wash your face. You might think that the more you wash your face, the healthier your skin, but it can have the opposite reaction. Many face wash products dry out your skin, taking away your natural oils and moisture. Too dry skin can actually cause you to produce more oils and cause breakouts.
The Fix: Only wash your face once a day, typically at the end of the day. Also, try and use products that are gentle on your skin.
You might love long, hot showers, but they can be harmful to your skin. Hot water can strip away the outermost layer of your skin, which causes it to dry out.
The Fix: Try to shower in warm water instead of hot.
Everyone deserves to have healthy skin. If you’ve changed your diet and your exercise routine but you still breakout, try avoiding these bad habits, too. You might be surprised what a difference they can make.