Your skin is the largest organ of your body and as such, it needs to be given just as much, and perhaps more, attention as the rest of your body. Your skin is exposed to a harsh environment making it susceptible to infections and dryness. Between the sun, dirt, dust on the outside and raging hormones, it is no wonder that your skin flares up from time to time.
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Below are five daily habits that are bad for your skin.
1. Constantly touching your face
It’s a bad habit but one that you do unconsciously. Your hands come into contact with many surfaces with varying levels of cleanliness. Every time you put your hands on your face, you are transferring dirt from your hands to your face. This further exposes your face to harmful bacteria that can cause breakouts.
2. Not washing your face at night
After a long day, it can be difficult to stand at the sink to wash your face. But this is the best way to remove all the day’s dirt and grime from your face and ready it to repair itself while you sleep. Use a mild cleanser and be sure to moisturise afterwards.
If you absolutely can’t wash your face, use face wipes to remove dirt and makeup. This isn’t as effective as washing your face but it’s better than nothing.
3. Failing to change your pillowcase
If you notice breakouts around your cheeks, your pillowcase could be the cause. Your pillow case gets covered with hair oil which consequently goes on your face and causes breakouts. Change your pillowcase often, every day if you can, if it’s cotton. It would be preferable to use a silk pillowcase which doesn’t absorb hair oil and will help prevent its spread and consequent breakouts.
Your skin needs oxygen and nutrients to flourish. Cigarettes contain nicotine which hampers the absorption of these, making your skin dull, wrinkled and thin. It also slows the process of healing. The best way to prevent this is to stop smoking all together.
5. Picking at your breakouts
It’s happened to all of us, you have a special event coming up and a zit pops up the night before. The biggest temptation would be to pick at the zit to try and get rid of it faster. But this only makes the breakout worse as it exposes your skin to further infection. You will also get scars when the breakouts eventually heal. Should you get a nasty breakout, use a spot treatment recommended by your doctor.
Adopting good habits can help keep your skin healthy. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains to give your skin the nutrients it needs.