There is so much advice floating around us when it comes to skincare. From online trends to old lores, it is important to filter this information and create a skincare routine that will get you closer to achieving your skin goals. However, while searching for the right products and foods, several bad habits can wreak havoc on your skin and slow down your progress. Here are five skincare habits that can worsen skin health:
Not wearing sunscreen around the year
Many of us assume that the sun isn’t bright or visible enough to affect our skin during the winter months. But, the sun’s UV rays still percolate to the ground and can affect your skin. To prevent photodamage from this exposure, wearing sunscreen all year round is important.
Not removing your makeup before bed
Washing your face before going to bed is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. Throughout the day, your skin is exposed to several things, such as makeup, dust, dirt, and grime. Washing your face at the end of the day will help you remove these from the surface of your skin so they do not clog your pores and lead to more breakouts.
Exfoliating too much
Exfoliating once in a while can help remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. However, engaging in this practice too often can strip the skin of its essential oils and cause frequent acne flares.
Using comedogenic products
Some makeup, skincare, and haircare products contain oils that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. When shopping, look for products labeled ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘won’t clog pores,’ as they can help you avoid breakouts. Additionally, do not share your makeup applicators or brushes with others, as cross-contamination can also lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Drying your skin too much
Sometimes, you may feel tempted to dry your skin using products for oily skin or astringents to avoid breakouts. However, this can irritate your skin and make it susceptible to more acne.
People with eczema (atopic dermatitis), especially, must be vigilant about not drying their skin out as it could lead to flares. Use clinically-prescribed creams and moisturizers as directed to keep your skin hydrated, control itching, and repair the skin barrier.