While it's obvious that neglecting your skin, spending too much time in the sun or using the wrong products can have harmful effects on your skin, there are a few less obvious influences that can also have negative effects on our skin.
Have you ever thought about the things you do on a daily basis that could potentially destroy your skin? Chances are, you're probably making at least one mistake that's standing in the way of dermal perfection.
To help you achieve flawless skin, we're naming 5 daily habits that can have a direct impact on skin elasticity and appearance. If you'd like to have more youthful and beautiful skin, you'll need to make some minor adjustments.
5 UNEXPECTED DAILY ROUTINES THAT DESTROY YOUR SKIN
TALKING ON THE CELLPHONE
In case you didn't already know, your smartphone can actually be dirtier than a toilet. Phones are among the dirtiest personal belongings and can accumulate a lot of bacteria that translates onto your skin when you talk on the phone, causing acne. Use anti-bacterial wipes to regularly clean your phone, or try to use speaker phone to limit the risk of bacteria spreading and skin spots.
LONG, HOT SHOWERS
Taking a long, hot shower after a hectic day at work is one of the best relaxation options. If that's a regular habit, however, it may cause skin problems. Hot water ruins the epidermis (the upper layer of the skin) and causes dehydration. Pay attention to your skin's condition when you shower: does it become red? Does it itch? If the answer is yes, it's time to opt for lukewarm water instead.
Remember to always use a body cream or lotion after getting out of the shower to lock the moisture in and prevent dryness.
USING YOUR FRIENDS MAKEUP
You may not think twice when borrowing a friend's lip gloss or face powder, but using someone else's products to freshen up can lead to infections and skin irritation. Also, the fact that you may have similar skin issues as your bestie doesn't mean that you're both going to benefit equally from the same cosmetics.
The best way to keep your makeup products protected? Be selfish about them! Hygiene is crucial for avoiding skin problems. The same applies to tools for makeup application – you should never opt for somebody else's makeup brush due to potential bacterial contamination.
TOUCHING YOUR FACE
You probably don't even realize how many times per day you're touching your face. It's like an automated habit – you scratch your forehead, touch your blemishes, or press your chin into the palm of your hand. Skin touching lets bacteria spread from one part of the face to another, and this is a particularly big problem for the individuals suffering from acne.
So, what does it take to stop this harmful habit? Avoid touching your face! Or clean your hands more often – your skin will heal faster if you keep your hands to yourself. Less touching means less dirt and oil that cause acne.
WEARING MAKEUP DAILY
For some, going without makeup can be a difficult task. But allowing your skin to breathe without makeup for at least one day is essential for the renewal of skin cells. Instead, apply moisturizer to your skin with SPF to protect your face from the sun.
If you wouldn't dare go out without anything, apply a coat of mascara onto your lashes, but avoid any foundations, creams, or concealers. Chances are that by going makeup-free, you'll actually reduce the amounts of makeup you have to use on a daily basis.