If you are confused about which skin care regimen and products are best for your skin, just Google it. Thousands of options will be available just at a click of a button. They will tell you which products to use, which not to, which brands to use, etc. but there are 8 skin care mistakes you’ve been making without even knowing. Let’s dive right into it.
Not hydrating enough
Water is the source of life, and for your skin too. If your skin appears too dry, itchy and dull with uneven skin, under-eye patches and noticeable fine lines, it’s a clear indication of dehydrated skin. The good news is that you can treat it with some lifestyle changes. First and foremost, drink plenty of water, use lukewarm water while showering, and don’t forget your moisturiser.
Not getting your beauty sleep
A late night at work, a dinner with friends, mindlessly scrolling through social media, and before you know it, the alarm starts going off in the morning. It’s easy to fall into the trap of sleeping less than required. Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself; along with the brain and muscles, this stands true for your epidermis also. During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases. The skin rebuilds collagen, which helps strengthen the skin and increase its elasticity and hydration. Sleep repairs UV damage and reduces wrinkles and age spots. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it might age faster and not be strong enough to recover from environmental stressors.
Not eating right
The proverb “You are what you eat” is true even when it comes to skin care. Eating green leafy vegetables and fruits is a surefire way to keep your skin healthy. Make sure your diet is enriched with nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fatty acids for a nourished firm plumped up skin. And don’t forget to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake.
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Not working out
While sweating does not sound desirable, it has so many benefits on your skin. Sweat reduces body temperature and prevents your skin from overheating. Exercise leads to sweat flushing out toxins from your pores. The sweat helps increase blood flow to your skin.
Taking too much stress
The daily stress you take is not adding to anything better. When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These chemicals increase oil production in your skin glands, causing clogged pores and acne breakouts. Try some relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, developing a new hobby, listening to your favourite music, going for a walk…anything that makes you feel relaxed.
Smoking doesn’t make you look cooler, but it definitely makes you look older. Nicotine and other toxic chemicals in a cigarette contribute to premature ageing of the skin. The chemicals reduce fresh supply of blood to the skin. This makes your skin look paler and wrinkly. Also, repetitive squinting of eyes and lip-pursing while taking a drag contribute to lines around your lips and eyes.
Using sun protection only in summers
If you believe that sunscreen is only for summer months or beach purposes, you’re wrong! Irrespective of the season, sunscreen should make the top of the list in your daily skin care routine. Why? Because the sun and its harmful UV rays make your skin age faster by giving you dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines and less skin elasticity.
Not getting regular health checkup
Skin issues indicate underlying health problems, such as thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and any infections. It is absolutely vital to get a regular skin check to detect any potential health hazards. Try scheduling regular health checkups at least once every 6 months.
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