It’s sometimes shocking to learn that we’re creating our own misery, but there are a few habits that some of us have actually do contribute to joyless skin. Read on for the 4 skin care habits you should stop, if any resonate with you.
1. Sleeping with makeup on
We’ve all been there; long day at the office, then a late night out to celebrate that big win with the girls. The last thing you want to do when you do get home is a face cleansing routine. But even when you’re really tired, be vigilant about removing your makeup before hitting the sheets. Your skin will thank you and so will your linen.
Sleeping in makeup is not as harmless as you may think. When you sleep in your makeup it stops your skin from being able to breathe, it prevents dead skin cells from being able to naturally fall, it causes spots on your face, and allows bacteria to breed. Your pores are then clogged and your skin will become dry which makes your complexion look dull.
So, your next late night out or you’re already home and before you start dozing, hit the bathroom and care for your skin.
2. Not showering or rinsing off immediately after a workout
Sometimes you’re just so happy to have made it through the entire workout, or there are too many people at the gym and you go home to shower instead of showering at the gym. While there’s no place like home, if you used the pool, chlorine shouldn’t be left on your skin for very long. In addition to its distinctive smell, it can react with your deodorant — drying your skin so that your deodorant burns when you apply it. It can also have an unfavorable reaction to your moisturizer, makeup or lotion. So it’s always best to rinse the chlorine off you every time, immediately.
3. Constantly stressing
There are many causes of stress; some self-generated, some caused by situations and pressures. A certain amount of stress in life is normal, but you shouldn’t feel completely overwhelmed all the time. Stress can have many adverse effects on your body and health. It can:
- cause headaches
- upset your digestive system
- stress your liver
- make your heart work harder (increases your heart rate)
- raise your blood pressure
- cause concentration problems and lack of focus
Your facial expressions usually match the way you feel. So if you’re frowning a lot due to the headaches and constant stress, you may notice undesirable wrinkles starting to appear — this isn’t what you want.
When you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, you just need to figure out how to tackle problems and to cope with things that aren’t going your way. If a few minutes of quiet meditation don’t reduce the impact and other efforts to manage it don’t make the stress go away, you might want to talk to a doctor or mental health professional about it.
4. Long hot showers
While the hot water can feel very soothing, long hot showers actually strip the protective from your skin causing it to dry out. This is also true if you have oily skin because it will simply just force your skin to produce more oil to compensate. Treating yourself to a hot bubble bath or shower every so often is fine (don’t stay in too long), but it’s better for your skin on a daily basis to stick with warm instead of hot water.