5 unconscious habits that could be ruining your skin!
By Naomi Nasinyari
5 Terrible Skin Care Habits to Break Today
Are you frustrated with your skin? Has your face just been downright disrespectful of late? Have your pores been more disloyal than that old loser ex-boyfriend?Are you tired of spending money on one product after another only to remain with stubborn blemishes and breakouts? No matter how much moisturiser you slather onto your face, is it still chronically dry?
Guess what – It probably is not WHAT you are applying, but how you are treating your face.
In our previous post on acne solutions, we explained the importance of diet and lifestyle have if you want to get rid of your acne naturally. Whether you have dry, irritable skin, or excessively oily skin, examine your behaviour first, before spending another coin. These unconscious everyday habits could be the culprit. Are you guilty of these?
1. Using Expired Products
Yes, we get it – makeup is expensive. So we are tempted to use it long past its expiration date. (What??!Makeup expires???!)
Unfortunately, the molecules in these products break down just like food does over time. Using makeup older than 12 months can be the cause of your skin irritation and even inflammation. Have you noticed bumps or rashes on your skin and infections like pink eye? If your products start to smell funny, look clumpy and discoloured or begin to dry out, get rid of them.
If you can’t remember who gave it to you or where and when you bought it, throw it out.
While we are on this topic, remember to wash, disinfect and dry your makeup applicator sponges, powder puffs and brushes at least weekly! These house a ton of bacteria which we can end up reintroducing into our skin each time we apply makeup.
2. Wearing dirty glasses or sunglasses
When was the last time you washed your stunners? Glasses are exposed to bacteria and dirt which can easily get into our pores.
Could this be the cause of your breakouts? We seem to forget that clean frames are just as important as clean lenses.Wash your frames and lenses at least once a week, paying attention to the earpiece exposed to your hair, and the nosepads. Use warm soapy water and a dry cloth. Use an antibacterial wipe for a quick daily clean, especially if you wear makeup.Keep your glasses in their case if you’re not wearing them.
3. Sleeping with Makeup
Don’t. Just don’t. No matter how tired we feel or how little powder we think we applied that day, we are doing ourselves an enormous disservice if we sleep with makeup.
It clogs our skin when the cells want to restore and rejuvenate (overnight.) It also gives the toxins in the makeup and environmental pollutants more time to be absorbed deep into our bodies.
Have you looked at the layer of dust on your shoes or your vehicle at the end of the day?That is what is on our face from being out and about, not to mention the toxic chemical ingredients found in makeup. No excuses – just wash your face.
Regular exfoliation once or twice a week is essential for a smooth, glowing complexion. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells. Some cleansers contain exfoliatiors like AHAs, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. If you use one of these you won’t need a separate facial scrub.
Also, if you use an exfoliating cleanser for 7 days, switch to something gentler for the next 7 days. Note that certain natural cleansers, such as African Black Soap and bicarbonate of soda, can be powerful exfoliating agents. Know your skin and pay attention to how it reacts each time you use a product on it. Over exfoliating will leave your skin sensitive, dry, irritated, and prone to premature ageing.
For the girls with dry skin – you still need to exfoliate. Clogged pores prevent absorption of moisture and result in a vicious cycle of dryness. We will discuss more on that in a separate post.
Don’t even get me started. Sugar is just as bad for your skin as it is for your waistline. Anytime we consume sugar, it causes inflammation within the body, which in turn, breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin.
This results in sagging skin, wrinkles, and premature ageing. It also is a common culprit behind some forms of acne. Remember, the skin is known as your ‘second kidney.’ When your skin is trying to flush rubbish out, it can indicate that your insides are not doing too well. Analyse your eating habits – are junk food, sugary tea, soda and white starchy items comprising the bulk of your intake?
BONUS : Not changing your pillowcase often enough.
When we sleep with the same pillowcase for longer than 4-6 days we are exposing our face to our old germs. This includes drool, dust mites, dead cells, oils and sweat. 7 or 8 hours tossing and turning on this can be wreaking a negative effect on our skin. (or pillow – the pillows must be washed, aired in the sun and regularly replaced due to all the gunk they contain.) Medics advise that you should throw away and replace your pillows every two years.
Dr. David E. Bank, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon,advised, “Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.
Dr Bank’s advice is to wash your pillow cases every 2 to 3 days if you are prone to acne. Skip the fabric softener, as this contains harsh chemicals. A simpler alternative is a capful of white vinegar in the final rinse. Invest in a silk pillowcase – silk is an all-natural fibre like cotton but unlike cotton, it does not absorb and trap oils the way cotton pillowcases do. For those with dry skin especially, cotton pillowcases absorb your skin’s natural oils leaving it even drier, with tiny creases and wrinkles in the morning. If you have oily skin, try yo use a satin bonnet for your hair. This is to prevent the oils and conditioners from your hair transferring onto your face.
What do you think? Are you guilty as charged? Comment below to share your opinions or advice.