5 Skincare Habits That Could be Causing More Harm Than Good

by Erica Stolman | 0 comments
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  • Beauty is personal and there is a myriad of advice out there on how to get perfect skin. If you’ve found a routine that works with you then stick with it! If not, here are some tips on habits to break to help improve your routine.
  • + Habit No.1: Applying Moisturizer Morning & Night
  • It’s important to keep your skin hydrated, but over hydrating can cause acne for some skin types. If you have oily skin, you do not need to be apply moisturize more than once a day. Stick to applying moisturizer at night so it can work its magic even when your body is most susceptible to dehydration.
  • + Habit No. 2: Using a Ton of Different Products
  • Knowing which beauty products to use for which problems can be hard. It’s not uncommon for people to use too many beauty products at once to fix a problem, which can lead to more skin problems. Not all products react well together, and when different ones are combined it can be hard to single out which ones are causing problems.
  • Let your skin breathe for a bit and reintroduce your products one at a time. This way, when a blemish appears, you may be able to determine which product is irritating your skin.
  • + Habit No. 3: Washing With Hot Water
  • Have you ever been told that washing our face with hot water will open your pores and help get dirt out? Unfortunately, once the hot water opens your pores they don’t necessarily close on their own. This can lead to dry skin and make your skin more vulnerable to bacteria and acne-causing agents.
  • + Habit No.4: Consuming Mass Amounts of Water to Hydrate Skin
  • Drinking water is great for you and your overall health, but it is a common misconception that water consumption is directly related to skin hydration. Skin is hydrated by oil, not water. So, continue to drink water for the sake of your overall health but make sure you also use the appropriate moisturizer to remedy dry skin.
  • + Habit No.5: Wearing Sunscreen at all Times
  • First and foremost: If you have at risk skin (fair or freckled), you should wear sunscreen at ALL TIMES!
  • If you don’t have at risk skin, you can cut back on the SPF for 15 minutes per day. Sunscreen can block Vitamin D (aka the happy vitamin, my personal favorite) and leave build up that can contribute to breakouts. Vitamin D deficiencies can also lead to serious illnesses like multiple sclerosis. If you don’t live in a sunny climate be sure to take a Vitamin D supplement.
  • If you are spending the whole day outdoors sunscreen is a must, but if you’re only planning a 15 minute trip outdoors opt for a cute hat instead.

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