In January, our educators/estheticians shared the top 5 worst things you’re doing to your skin. We hope you’ve taken their advice for 2016 and put these habits to rest. This week we’re sharing more habits that could be affecting your skin, and they may surprise you! Neglecting or mistreating your skin is bound to catch up to you, so the best time to get on top of your routine is now! Any changes you make today can reflect instantly on your skin for the better, so never think it’s too late to make a change to your skin care routine and let us guide you through these top 5 troublesome skin habits and our skin care tips to remedy them!
1. Using Face Wipes to Remove Makeup
Removing your makeup at the end of the day is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good skin, yet many people think they can skip a night every now and then. Think again though, because each time you do you’re risking waking up to problem skin. Facial wipes are super handy when it comes to things like removing makeup, but they don’t go far enough. When you use a facial wipe to remove makeup, it just pushes the product around the face but doesn’t deep clean. To truly remove your makeup at the end of the day, you need be using a cleanser. Do NOT replace your cleansing routine with a face wipe! Remember, cleansing is the best way to get glowing skin.
2. Picking at your skin
If you ever find yourself picking at your problematic skin when issues arise or when you’re bored, stop it! Picking at your skin creates secondary lesions because you’re using your dirty fingers in place of proper tools. You’re also at risk for secondary hyperpigmentation, because you will not get the proper angles and positions to fully extract comedones and ingrown hairs, so blood cells rush to the body’s defense, and pool under the skin. Find a skin care professional who can help with any breakouts or skin issues.
3. Not Protecting Your Skin
"I don't go out in the sun too much," you say, "I just drive to and from work," you say. Even if you're not basking in the sun, limited exposure can have a damaging effect on your skin, making it important to protect your skin every day. If you are taking care of your skin with products such as exfoliants, peels or facial masks, these may contain ingredients that will make your skin even more vulnerable to sun damage. Our tip: always remember to use sun protection.
4. Not Checking Your Skin
Many people think that just maintaining a good skin care routine is all you need, but issues can arise even to those with the best skin care routine. Skin cancer and other growths are best treated as early as possible, and the key to this is early detection. You should always check your skin at-home at least once a month, AND book at least an annual appointment with a dermatologist who can perform and proper and thorough evaluation.
We know we don’t have to tell you it’s bad for your skin, but: It’s bad for your skin. Sure it may seem like Captain Obvious advice, but if you continue this bad habit, you need to be constantly reminded so as not to forget: smoking is terrible for you! It prematurely ages the skin, destroys collagen and elastin, leading to the infamous “leather skin” look and dries you out. Find a healthy alternative like chewing gum, or if you really have a problem with tobacco seek help from a professional. Your friends, family and skin will love you for it, and changes can happen as soon as you start!