We often blame the weather and pollution for our skin related issues without realizing that our lifestyle has a huge impact on the way we look. Just because you are regularly using tons of products doesn’t mean that your skin is flawless and free of problems. It turns out that some of the common mistakes could be damaging your skin. We have listed some of these mistakes that you must avoid for healthy looking skin. Read on to find out what they are!
Not using a sunscreen: It’s a sin ladies! We know that it is difficult to be diligent with its use but a sunscreen protects us from the damage sun rays do to our skin. UV rays are the leading cause of most skin problems like premature aging, dark spots, tanning and even skin cancer. Yes, it is important to wear a sunscreen 365 days of the year to protect the skin whether we are indoor or outdoor. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply it every 2 hours to shield the skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Include a detan face pack in your regimen to get rid of the tan caused by sun exposure. You can make one at home by following this simple procedure.
DIY Detan Pack
One Tablespoon Orange Peel Powder
One Tablespoon Raw Milk
Mix one tablespoon orange peel powder with one tablespoon raw milk. Apply this paste on the face and leave till it is dry. Wash off and follow with a moisturizer. This pack can be used once or twice a week, Besides treating sun damage, this DIY face pack is excellent for improving texture and adding a beautiful glow to the skin.
Skimping on Sleep: We are not just talking about dark circles and under eye bags here! Do you know that lack of sleep is the number one way of torturing your skin? Skin cells repair at night and not getting enough sleep can lead to dull and dehydrated skin. A sleep deprived body releases stress hormones which cause wrinkles and breakouts.
Ensure that you get at least 7 -8 hours of sleep every day by following a relaxing skincare routine. Use a hydrating mask before bed. Apply a soothing eye cream to pamper the delicate under eye skin. Regularly following this nighttime skin care routine will keep your skin younger looking for years to come.
Trouble falling asleep?
Exercising is an excellent way of reducing stress levels and improving sleep cycles. You can also try aromatherapy oils for a calming experience.
Over-Exfoliating: Scrubbing is an important part of a good skincare routine. However, over-scrubbing can make the skin lose its natural moisture and layers of cells causing hypersensitivity and breakouts. Scrubbing too often or using an abrasive scrub can make the skin dry and prone to wrinkles.
Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliator for smooth and refreshed skin.
Sleeping with makeup: We’ve all done it- you are too tired to remove your makeup, crawl into your bed and go to sleep.
Every time you want to crash on the bed after a long tiring day, remind yourself of the damage you are doing to your skin. Do you know that makeup traps oil and dirt causing enlarged pores and acne?
Skin repairs itself in the night and makeup slows this process of skin renewal. If you are not able to properly cleanse your face in the evening, try using micellar water and you will be amazed by the results. All you need is to keep some cotton and a bottle of micellar water near your bed. There is no need of using a cleanser, toner or makeup remover and you don’t need to rinse your face afterward.
Not drinking Water: None of your skin treatments will give the desired results if you do not stay sufficiently hydrated. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water is a must to flush the toxins out of the body. Water is an amazing moisturizer that acts from within by hydrating the skin.
Can water alone ensure flawless complexion?
No. It is necessary that you follow a good skin care routine along with sufficient hydration to keep your skin refreshed and plumped with water. If you do not drink enough water, the skin will appear dry and it will also lose its firmness over time.
Pillowcase: Sleeping on silk pillowcase has its own benefits. Do you know that using a cotton pillowcase can make your skin prone to wrinkles and damage your hair? Pillowcases made of silk cause less friction between the skin and the fabric which helps to keep the skin free of fine lines. Trust us, your skin will thank you for this simple habit!
Pillowcases should be changed frequently as these transfer oil and dirt onto the skin making you prone to breakouts.
Diet: Have you ever wondered how your diet affects your skin? Few changes in diet can reveal a completely revitalized and youthful skin while a diet rich in fried foods and sugar can affect skin health. Processed foods are loaded with sugar and salt which results in the appearance of the first signs of aging while a diet rich in oily foods leads to dull and dehydrated skin.
Do you need an oil and carb free diet?
It’s about making the right choice. Remember, you are what you eat. A little change in food habits is a sure shot way to add sheen to lackluster skin. Fats that are good for overall health help in keeping skin supple. If you are fond of tea or coffee, have it in moderation. Some foods to include in diet are-Almonds, Whole grains, Citrus fruits, Green Vegetables, Olive Oil.
Are you making any of these skincare mistakes? It’s time to be aware of what your skin wants and to stick to a routine so that your skin stays healthy.
Do you know of any other mistake that could be ruining your skin? Share with us in the comments section below!