5 Mistakes That Lead To Bad Skin (You’re Probably Doing These Regularly)
Updated on August 10, 2020 by Amber & The Team
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First of all, let us remind ourselves that there is no such thing as perfect skin. Everyone has to deal with various kinds of problems because every skin is unique, and there is a variance in how our skin reacts to different stimuli.
This is why there are so many skincare products for different skincare problems, but practicing proper skincare is not only smearing all kinds of serums and moisturizers on your face… It’s not enough! You have to be strategic with your approach and watch out for simple things that can lead to constant breakouts and give you generally bad skin.
There are many things we do daily, bad some are more likely to give you bad skin than others. If you want to know what you’re probably doing wrong, sit tight and read on!
5 Mistakes That Lead To Bad Skin
Touching your face too often
Your hands come in contact with a lot of things daily – food, TV remotes, your cat/dog, and various unclean surfaces. Even if you wash your hands, some bacteria and germs remain, and they transfer to your skin when you touch your face. If you have acne-prone skin, this may result in regular breakouts and bad skin.
You might also have a crazy urge to pop that pimple or blackhead, but it leads to permanent scarring (yes, every time!). According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), people with pimple-prone skin need to control touching their faces because the bacteria, oil, and dirt can lead to never-ending breakouts and clogged pores.
There tends to be a lot of confusion about exfoliation. Yes, it is an essential thing when it comes to skincare because it helps to increase cell turnover + gets rid of any dead skin cells that are sitting on your skin and are blocking pores.
However, you should physically exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week to get rid of impurities, no more! More than that can remove your natural skin barrier and leave you with pretty bad skin that stays sensitized, irritated and dried out all the time. It takes a lot of effort and patience to rebuild that protective barrier so it’s best to avoid overexfoliation in the first place.
P. S. If you want to exfoliate often to achieve glowing skin, there’s a solution! You can use a konjac sponge which is a very gentle face buffer made of natural bamboo fibers. I have very sensitive skin that gets ruined by most of the physical exfoliators, but the konjac sponge never does that. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to use – you only have to soak it in the water for a few minutes and you’re ready to use it! It feels very nice on the skin (like a gentle massage) and it’s an eco-friendly choice as well:
Bad lifestyle choices = bad skin
I hate to admit it, but your lifestyle choices profoundly affect your skin’s condition. Some of the things that impact your skin are smoking, not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep, consuming too much caffeine and alcohol (I know, I know… It’s Rosé!), and of course, not having a balanced healthy diet.
It’s tough to try and stay away from all those greasy, processed, chocolaty foods but if you cut these out from your diet, your bad skin will soon see a huge improvement! Working out/exercising is also super great for your skin because, through the process of sweating, you are helping your pores to purge themselves.
Relying on makeup wipes to remove your makeup
They’re a lazy girl’s best friend, but makeup removing wipes could be wreaking havoc on your skin! I know, there is a convenience factor of sticking to makeup wipes, whether you are traveling or are just tired after a long day – all you wish for is to take off your makeup quickly!..
However, the problem with using only makeup wipes is that you are leaving a lot of chemicals, dirt and extra makeup on your skin – they’re simply not that effective. If you struggle with bad skin, I really recommend cleansing your face with a cleanser (even if you used a wipe!) as this will remove any residual products.
Not changing your pillow covers often
If you have bad skin, this can be something you’re missing. Sebum, dirt, and dust accumulate on our sleeping surfaces quickly and this is why you should change your pillow covers every alternate day (if not every day!). Clean covers = clean skin = healthy skin!
Also, switch your cotton pillow covers to silk/satin ones because your skin is delicate, and the harsh cotton fibers don’t do you any favors.
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Taking care of your skin is as important as taking care of your mind and body. When working to improve bad skin, it is essential to have a good skincare regime and use the right products for your skin… But if you remove these unhelpful habits from your life, I’m sure your skin will thank you.
P. S. trying to root out all the skincare mistakes from your life? Here are 4 major steps you’re probably missing in your skincare.
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