Having a good skin care routine is essential to obtaining clear and soft skin but there are plenty of other things that can make those routines almost pointless. You may be doing things that you don’t even realize have a major impact on your skin. If you are wracking your brain over why your skin isn’t the way you want it to be it could be from bad habits that you have adopted over time.
Here are five habits you should avoid if you want healthy skin:
Eating Unhealthy Foods
Avoid food that is high in sugar and trans-fat. These foods help promote inflammation causing redness and breakouts. Diary and gluten are two main food groups that people typically have sensitivities to and that can keep your skin from being clear and soft.
Food rich in antioxidants like spinach, pomegranates, and raspberries are very important for your skin. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals from the environment that are harmful to your skin. Add healthy fat such as avocados, coconut, and olive oil to your diet to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
Do your best to avoid stress. Stress produces a hormone called cortisol that has many negative effects on the body. Cortisol promotes inflammation and can make the skin more sensitive. Cortisol even affects the skin’s healing properties making it harder for your skin to heal quickly.
Stress can also cause psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, and fever blisters to flare-up. Stress can be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting in enough sleep. Seeking support from a therapist can help as well as yoga and meditation.
Sleeping in Makeup
It may sound pretty obvious, but sleeping in makeup is by far one of the worst habits that can wreak havoc on your skin. If makeup stays on the skin it can develop acne, inflammation, or skin irritations. If that wasn’t reason enough, it will also leave your skin dull, make it appear older, and lead to wrinkles. Washing and exfoliating away your makeup is a crucial step to any skincare routine to help you achieve healthy, flawless skin.
Picking at Blemishes
Resist the urge to pop your pimples and pick at your scabs and scars. You are only doing yourself a disservice. Popping pimples will not make them go away any faster and in doing so, you can cause a scar or even open yourself up to infection. Make sure to adopt a skin care routine that is right for your skin type to help prevent breakouts. Remember, picking will only make them stay around longer. If you have a serious problem with picking it is best to seek advice from your doctor to prevent your chances of developing a major infection.
Getting Too Much Sun or Tanning
Everyone wants that sun-kissed skin but is it worth the price? Too much exposure to ultraviolet rays produced by the sun can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, make your skin dull and dehydrated, and accelerate the signs of aging. This does not mean that you should avoid the sun altogether though.
When exposed to sunlight, your body starts to produce Vitamin D which is essential for bone growth, the health of the immune system and supports lung function and cardiovascular health. The best thing you can do for your health is to avoid tanning beds, get no more than 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day and to always apply sunscreen.
If you find yourself doing any of these habits try your best to avoid them all together. Healthy skin takes work and dedication but the outcome is truly worth it. Not only will you be gaining healthy skin, you will also gain overall better health too.
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