Most of us have a skincare routine that we stick to out of habit — it’s all about a repetition of steps you have to do day in and day out. But what if you are you repeating the wrong steps? Here are the top skincare habits we’re all guilty of.
What Causes Skin Aging?
Just like any other organ in the body, our skin also starts to age right from birth. But there are certain factors which can make the skin age faster. Skin aging is a complex process that is influenced by both extrinsic and intrinsic factors.
Intrinsic skin aging is the normal course of aging of all tissues which is strongly associated with age. It causes roughness of the skin, fine lines, etc. Extrinsic skin aging, as the name suggests is mainly caused by external environmental factors. These include exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation, pollution, chemicals, poor nutrition, and cigarette smoking. It mostly leads to the formation of deeper wrinkles and pigmentary changes.
Top Skincare mistakes:
Using sunscreen only during summers
Most of us think of using sunscreen only during summers and when heading to a beach. But using it on a regular basis is good for the skin as it prevents skin damage caused due to the harmful radiations of the sun. Moreover, most sun damage results from everyday exposure to the ultraviolet rays rather than occasional bursts while on vacation. Hence, dermatologists also recommend the use of sunscreen on a daily basis as it not only prevents tanning but also makes your skin look younger.
Taking Too-Hot Showers
It’s tempting … but problematic for your skin. “Hot showers can strip your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils. I recommend taking warm, not hot showers,” says Dr. Murad.
Using moisturizer only in winters
Just like most people use sunscreen only in summers, many use a moisturizer only in winters. Moreover, most people think that moisturizer is for those with dry skin. But this is not true. Even people who have oily skin can use a moisturizer as it helps to retain moisture in the skin. A moisturizer not only keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day but also helps to keep fine lines and wrinkles away, which are the signs of skin aging. So do not repeat this skincare mistake again!
Not drinking enough water
While using a moisturizer can help you to retain water in the skin, but drinking water is also essential to keep your skin healthy, soft, and glowing. This is because staying hydrated not only flushes out excess toxins in the body but also keeps the skin healthy. It is also important to maintain the fluid balance which is the key for overall health. Whatever is the season of the year, it is important to drink at least 3-4 liters of water a day to keep your skin healthy and young.
We know you’ll do it sometimes, but it’s still a bad idea for your skin overall. “When a dermatologist drains a pimple they apply downward pressure,” says Dr. Gross, “but when people try to do it themselves, they squeeze from the side which ends up backfiring because it causes infection to go down deeper into the pore.” He advises washing your face with a clean washcloth. If the pimple is ready to pop, this is all the pressure needed to drain it.
Not washing your face before going to bed
Whether you wear make up every day or not, it is advised to wash your face twice a day to keep your skin healthy. This is because, even if you are not wearing any make-up, you are exposed to a lot of pollutants and dust during your course of the day, which can harm the skin. Moreover, the accumulation of sweat and bacteria on the skin can make you more prone to infection, which should be cleaned daily. Also, exposure to pollutants and toxins can contribute to inflammation and lead to visible signs of aging. Hence, make sure you wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser to get rid of dirt before hitting the bed. This skincare routine can help you to keep your skin healthy and young.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
“Getting a good night’s sleep helps your skin to look its best,” explains Dr. Gross. “When the skin is getting less than optimum rest, it becomes dull and pale with under-eye circles. A lack of sleep can be so stressful that it can cause our bodies — including our skin — to generate free radicals.”
Exfoliating too much and too often
Washing your face with water can clean the dirt and germs on the skin but exfoliation can help to remove the dead skin cells, which make the skin look older. But when exfoliating, remember to not go overboard as it can cause more harm than good. Over-exfoliation can damage the skin and increase the risk of chronic inflammation, breakouts, dryness, and pigmentation. It can also lead to sagging of the skin, wrinkles and puffy eyes, which are signs of aging. You can even consult a good dermatologist to know about a skincare ritual that suits your skin and your needs.
Picking At Your Face
Most of us know we shouldn’t do this, but lots of us do it anyway. “Anytime you pick or pull at your skin, you are causing damage and creating irritation, scars and wrinkles,”