We are all trying our best when it comes to our skin (and life), but there are a few sneaky habits that could be undermining your efforts. If you’ve been working hard at your skincare but haven’t noticed any improvements, there are a few things that could be getting in the way. Here are a few of the sneaky ways you could be sabotaging your skin without even knowing.
- Washing your face too much – Are you washing your face too much? Men are especially guilty of this. Their skin is often thicker and oilier, which makes them believe they have to cleanse more often to keep their skin ‘clean’. The truth is, over-washing can dry out your skin and damage the skin’s natural moisturizing and protective barriers. It can also cause your skin to overcompensate by producing more oil. Stick to washing twice a day with a mild cleanser like The Refinery Face Wash, a gentle cleanser with botanical extracts to soothe and disinfect.
- Drinking too much coffee – We know how hard it can be to make it through the morning without your daily dose of caffeine. However, large amounts of caffeine can have a diuretic effect on the body which can lead to dehydration, especially in the skin. Make sure you counteract this by using a hydrating mask that will plump up fine lines and rehydrate dull, dry skin. We like Filorga Meso-Mask, a moisturizing mask that contains hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and infuse it with moisture.
- You share your makeup with your friends – Sharing is caring, but unfortunately, sharing things like makeup or beauty tools isn’t the best idea. Makeup brushes and sponges can harbor bacteria, leading to breakouts. Even worse, sharing certain products like mascara or eyeliner can spread infectious skin conditions such as pink eye. For your own safety, keep your makeup to yourself and make sure to give your brushes a good wash once a week. Jane Iredale Truly Pure Shampoo and Conditioner will cleanse, disinfect, and soften the bristles.
- You are too stressed out – Stress is a natural part of life, especially if you live a ‘work hard, play hard’ life. Stress can cause flare-ups of conditions like eczema or psoriasis, and it can also make your skin look dull and lead to acne breakouts. Stress also has an effect on your cells’ DNA which can lead to premature aging. Take some time for yourself on a regular basis to keep stress levels in check. There are few things more relaxing than a warm bath, and a little bit of Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak will calm your mind, soothe your muscles, and soften your skin.
- You’re doing too much to your skin – It’s normal to freak out at the sight of a new wrinkle or sunspot. While there are loads of amazing and effective anti-aging ingredients out there, you can have too much of a good thing. Using too much of a potent ingredient such as retinol or an Alpha Hydroxy Acid can irritate the skin, which can cause blotchiness, dullness, or roughness and make you look even older. If this has happened to you, it’s time to take a break and start applying a soothing, repairing cream like Avene Skin Recovery Cream. This healing cream will moisturize and calm overly stressed skin. When it’s time to go back to your regular products, stick to just one active ingredient at a time.
- You aren’t getting enough sleep – Whether your late nights are attributed to a new born baby, late nights at the office, or just enjoying life a little too much, they can definitely have an effect on your skin. In addition to the usual dark circles and puffiness that accompany a late night, not getting enough sleep can lead to a dull, sallow complexion. Your body and skin go into repair mode while you sleep, so it’s important to allow the body this time of rest. If you can’t manage to get enough shut eye, try to slather on a repairing and brightening serum like Kaya Overnight Brightening Nourisher before you go to bed to keep your skin in check.