You Don't Change Your Pillow Covers Often
If you can't remember the last time you changed your pillow covers, it's not a good sign. Since your skin is exposed to the surface of your pillow cover night after night, it is important to ensure it remain fresh and clean. Sleeping on dirty pillow cases allows for the transfer of accumulated dead skin, bacteria, oils from your hair and all kinds of other nasties onto your face. We'd suggest changing your pillow cases once a week, or at least flipping your pillow over to get more time out of it before a wash.
You Wash Your Face With Hot Water
Nothing feels more comforting than a hot shower after a long day. But your skin probably hates it. Why? Hot water tends to draw out the skin's protective natural oils, essentially dehydrating it. It is best to use lukewarm or cool water when cleansing or rinsing your face.
You Are Trying Too Many New-Products At The Same Time
We get it—it can be tempting to open up those new beauty products you've just purchased, and try them on your skin all at once. But more is not always merrier, especially in the case of skincare or beauty products. Changing your skincare or makeup routine drastically makes it difficult to identify an unsuitable product if your skin were to suffer a breakout or any irritation. Avoid this by allowing each new product a few days to a week to take effect, before introducing any other new products to your skin.
You Love Having That Extra Cup Of Coffee
So many of our lives are the “But first coffee” meme. But did you know coffee is also a diuretic? That means it causes you to urinate more, potentially dehydrating you. So before you reach for another cuppa, ask yourself if you really need that caffeine boost for the day.
Waxing Or Shaving Too Often
Sure, you want to show off those smooth legs and so you’re shaving those gams every day to remove any tiny sign of hair. However, waxing or shaving too often will wear down the top layer of the skin, leaving it vulnerable to damage. Limit waxing or shaving sessions so your skin stays in good shape.
Not Sudsing After A Swim
Love jumping into the pool for a workout or just to relax? Don’t forget to shower with a gentle body wash after. A rinse is not enough to remove all traces of chlorine, which can dry out your skin.
Wearing Dirty Sunglasses Or Spectacles
It may not seem like much but not cleaning your glasses or sunglasses could result in bacteria buildup—especially from sweat or makeup—and cause irritation and breakouts on the skin around the bridge of your nose and on the cheeks where your glasses sit. To keep pesky zits at bay, always wipe your glasses clean before wearing them.
Not Showering Immediately After Your Workout
While working out regularly will contribute to better health and overall well-being, not showering after each session may just leave you in a sticky skin situation. Sweaty skin that’s left unwashed could lead to a buildup of bacteria, resulting in bacne. Sweat can also mix with bacteria and yeast that naturally forms on your skin, resulting in inflamed follicles that will appear as acne-like lesions on your torso. That’s not a pretty sight, so always hit the shower after working out!
Drinking With A Straw
Not only are straws bad for the environment, they’re also bad for your skin. Using bottles or straws to drink causes you to purse your lips in the same way a smoker would on a cigarette, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Stay hydrated by sipping your drinks from a mug or glass.
Find yourself constantly squinting to focus better? Quickly book an appointment with the optometrist to update your prescription lenses or glasses. Excessive, repetitive squinting can lead to fine lines and wrinkles forming around your eyes, speeding up unnecessary ageing. And nobody wants that.
Always Using The Same Products
Found a dream moisturiser or cleanser you absolutely cannot live without? Unfortunately, this love affair can’t last forever. Eventually, your skin will change and adapt to any active ingredients in your product, so that over time, they become less effective. In addition, your skin will also change due to various factors like hormones and age, so what worked for it a year ago may no longer be suitable now. Instead of using the same products that could now be harming your skin, aim to always understand your skin’s current condition and use products accordingly.