Habits That May Be Harming Your Skin
While the sun is known as one of the skin's biggest enemies, it is not the only one. There are a number of habits that can harm your skin without you even realizing it, from spending too long in the bath to avoiding sunscreen and more. Take a look at some of these harmful habits and what you can do to avoid them.
Harmful Habits for Your Skin
Below is a list of common habits that harm your skin more than they help:
- Over-exfoliating and over-scrubbing. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and speeds up the process of skin renewal. However, this does not give you license to exfoliate or scrub everyday. You should also heed your skin's advice. If something causes you pain, you shouldn't do it. If your skin starts feeling irritated or if it develops redness, you know that you are overdoing it.
- Long, hot baths/showers. While they may relax you, they are also hurting your skin. One sign of this is your skin becoming pruny. It means that the outermost layer is damaged.
- Smoking: In addition to causing a number of health problems, smoking also leads to a reduction in oxygen available for your skin, thereby causing it to age early. Further, the various facial expressions made during smoking may hasten the onset of wrinkles and sags.
- Pimple “self-surgery”. Picking or squeezing a pimple can lead to a worse situation. Your hands have microbes, which can cause infections and lengthen your misery. This also increases the chances of permanent scarring.
- Not using sunscreen often enough. If you are outdoors for a long time, then you must reapply your sunscreen frequently, irrespective of its SPF levels. Around half an hour before you venture outside, you should apply sunscreen liberally. Then, you will have to reapply it once every two or three hours.
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