Sometimes our habits do more harm than good. Learn about common skin care mistakes that we should reconsider ASAP, and find out the proper alternative methods.

Worst Beauty Choices: Bad Skincare Habits To Avoid

This is the third article in the series. We have covered bad makeup habits and hair care mistakes in the previous parts.

Now it’s the time to talk about skincare and some of the most common mistakes we tend to make now and then.


Not using sunscreen

Sure, getting some sun is fine, essential even, but prolonged exposure can cause permanent and irreversible damage to your skin.

Be smart and throw on a good sunscreen before you leave the house. This infographic has all the information you need about sunscreen lotions.


Falling asleep with your makeup on

At the end of a long work day or after a late-night party, the last thing you want to do is get the makeup off your face but believe us when we say it’s worth it.

Who wants to sleep with clogged pores and potential bacteria breeding on your face when you can spend an extra 5 minutes to wash it all off and sleep with a squeaky clean face instead?


Using hot water to wash your face

Don't use very hot water for face washPhoto: Pexels

While hot water may feel divine, it strips your face of its natural oils and leaves it dry.

Use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser instead for the naturally moisturized skin.


Popping your pimples

There’s a reason why you’ve probably heard this one from the time you were a teenager. Popping your pimples will most likely cause more swelling and redness and could leave permanent scars.

Be patient and let your pimple do its thing. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide gel or rub some garlic on it to speed up the process.


Over-exfoliating your skin

While exfoliation is an important part of skin care, try not to go overboard with it. Over-exfoliation could lead to breakouts, excessive redness and inflammation, and drier or oilier than usual skin. According to Dermalogica, over-exfoliation even accelerates premature aging.

Exfoliating once or twice a week is more than enough for healthy skin.


Lack of proper sleep

Sleep is vital for good skin as well as for general wellbeingPhoto: Pexels

Ever notice that when you don’t sleep properly for a couple of days, your skin acts up almost immediately?

Dark circles become more prominent, under eye bags appear out of nowhere, and you may even see spot a pimple or two. Our skin rejuvenates itself during the night. By not getting adequate rest, you end up harming your skin more than you realize.

So, try your best to get at least 7 hours of restful sleep every night. Also, remember to wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly and sleep on your back and not on your stomach. Lastly, invest in quality sheets with a higher thread count that will let your skin breathe.


Not choosing products as per your skin type

Before investing in products for skincare, take the time to find out what your skin type is and buy products accordingly. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa.

The best thing you can do is visit a dermatologist and ask for his/her guidance.


A bad diet

You are what you eat. Healthy food is important not only for skin, but for overall health.Photo: Pexels

Always remember that you are what you eat. Have you ever noticed that when you’ve been surviving on junk food, it eventually starts to reflect on your skin?

Stay away from processed sugar and foods. Skip the soda and drink plenty of water. Say no to excess caffeine and gluten and last but not least, eat plenty of vegetables and fruits!


Working out with makeup

Regular exercise is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for your body.Photo: Pixabay

Regular exercise is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for your body.

But when you do so with a face full of makeup, you end up not letting your skin sweat freely. This, in turn, could lead to clogged up pores, blackheads, and acne.


Not drinking enough water

Water is essential for our skin, hair, health and general wellbeing.Photo: Pexels

We all know this. Water is essential for our skin, hair, health and general wellbeing. Water removes waste products and toxins from the body. Lack of water can cause asthma, allergy, hypertension, migraine and many other health problems.

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