Your skin says a lot about the choices you make, how you take care of yourself and your lifestyle. This is a list of major skin care sins you should avoid always.
Skin is the largest and fastest growing organ that shields your body. Your skin takes a lot of abuse from the elements of outside to keep the inner organs safe. However, you have a way to work it all out. Simply avoid these 12 ways to ruin your skin and you’ll be able to preserve your skin’s health and good looks.
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1. Get Overexposed
Although, tan makes you look cool, sun worshiping initiates a host of skin problems ranging from premature skin aging to skin cancer. Sun’s UV rays can also cause sunburn, allergies in some people, and signs of skin damage including solar elastosis, liver spots, and actinic keratosis.
2. Hold back on Sunscreen
Don’t spare the sunscreen. Your skin needs about 1 ounce of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to defend it from damaging rays of the sun. You must not miss to apply sunscreen even on a cloudy day. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you get a sun exposure, and reapply every 2 hours.
3. Head to the Tanning Bed
Avoid indoor tanning as it is as dangerous as outdoor tanning. Indoor tanning which delivers high doses of UV radiation in a short time carries various risks such as premature skin aging including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, skin pattern changes, skin cancers (such as melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Smoking reduces blood flow, which contributes to “cigarette skin” which is characterized by gray, pale and wrinkled facial skin. Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk for developing psoriasis or worsening psoriasis symptoms.
5. Use the right Cleanser
Choose your cleanser wisely. An ideal cleanser for you is the one which serves the needs of your skin type. As facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, it needs a milder cleanser. Look out for a gentle, non-abrasive and alcohol-free cleanser for your face. Avoid scrubbing while cleansing as it can irritate the delicate facial skin. Rinse and gently pat dry.
6. Don’t Pop Your Pimples
Always remember that popping a pimple will always increase the trouble, so don’t. Picking, popping, and squeezing can make your acne worse, and even lead to scarring. Cleanse your skin with an appropriate cleanser and use over-the-counter remedies that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and try to let your skin heal on its own. If the products you are using are not working, consult a dermatologist.
Avoid overeating. Weight gain does more than just increase your girth. It stretches your skin. If you gain a lot of weight your skin will stretch, often resulting in stretch marks.
8. Fall Short on Sleep
Don’t skimp on your sleep. It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason! Skin rejuvenates while you sleep, and your skin gets a break from the stress of environment including sunlight, pollution, and hot or cold temperatures. When you don’t get enough shut-eye you can get bags under your eyes and dull and listless looking skin.
9. Ignore Warning Signs
Don’t ignore warning signs of skin cancer. A mole can be an early warning sign of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Know your skin. Know what the moles you have look like.
10. Skipping the gym
Skipping the gym is a complete no! Working out is an important ingredient for your skin as it improves circulation giving your skin a healthy look.
11. Harsh cleansing
Immoderate and harsh exfoliating can actually intensify sebum (oil) production and worsen flare ups by spreading bacteria.
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12. Stress Out
Give up all the stress. Stress makes your skin more sensitive and reactive and increases your risk of acquiring skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. Stress may also interfere with proper skin care, which can lead to worsening of existing skin conditions.
Conclusion: As prevention is better than cure, taking these safety measures will help you maintain a healthy skin and practice better skin care.