8 ways to look after your skin.

The most common bad habits that keep women from achieving the complexion of their dreams. The main takeaway? It’s not our takeaways, it’s ourselves.

1. Stop Picking
Reminder: You’re not a dermatologist and should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anything else on your face. It’s one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects.
The more you press and squeeze blemishes, the more inflammation you cause underneath. This results in scars or discolouration left on the skin, that can last months, if not forever.

2. You may be Over-Exfoliating
You’ve heard the saying ‘too much of a good thing’? well this is especially true when it comes to exfoliating. Use a good facial scrub or exfoliating acid—sparingly. It can be used seven days on and seven days off, During the days when it is not being used, nourish the new healthy cells with a great moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.

3. You can Over-Wash
Washing is another skin habit that will suffer from surplus. Don’t forget, your skin is a super delicate organ—be very particular about what you put on it and how often you do so.
Most of us tend to use harsh soaps that strip natural oils from our body and disrupt the ideal pH of our skin, Chronic over-washing will cause skin to dry and crack, leaving it prone to infections and flares of inflammatory conditions like eczema, and can even highlight signs of aging, like small wrinkles and lines.
To ensure you’re not over-drying your skin, look to super-hydrating cleansers that gently clean without destroying the balance of natural oils.
4. Using the Same Products Year-Round
Your skins needs different things from season to season. Each change should be a reminder to re-evaluate your regimen. Here are some recommendations:
• Winter: Focus on moisturising and hydrating products.
• Spring: Think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness.
• Summer: Focus on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be light-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air.
• Fall: Increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage.

5. Be gentle with the Skin Around Your Eye
This is where skin is thinnest, which makes it the most delicate. And since it’s the first to show signs of aging, be gentle with it!
Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye makeup can create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers, causing visible lines and wrinkles prematurely! Always apply eye cream with the ring finger (it’s the weakest) and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging.
6. Tanning and/or Not Wearing Sunscreen
It’s no secret that sunning yourself is just about the worst thing you can do to your skin. Every tan, even a slight darkening, is a sign of skin damage, With repeated exposure to UV-radiation, skin cells can mutate, chronic radiation and tanning also causes signs of skin aging, like wrinkles, sagging and drooping, brown spots, and uneven tone.
As far as protection goes, you should be taking precaution daily if you want to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. “Every day of the year, rain or shine, harmful UV rays come through windows in your office, home, or car, Make sure your moisturiser contains a sunscreen, so you only need to apply one product. Don’t forget, the best anti-aging product in the world is sunscreen.

7. Smoking
As if you needed another incentive to quit! just know: Your skin will be so grateful. In addition to causing premature aging and wrinkling, it’s endangering your health. Smoking cigarettes increases your risk of squamous cell skin cancer, a dangerous skin cancer that can metastasize and spread if not caught early.
8. Neglect
Failing to look after your skin, like you would your teeth or hair, is its own form of abuse. But just cleansing ain’t gonna cut it: “Washing your face in the morning isn’t quite enough to satisfy your skin-care quota, Skin requires daily moisturising, daily sun-protection, and annual monitoring to screen for skin cancer. Skin cancers can usually be treated, and cured, if caught early. There’s no excuse for neglecting your health by skipping your exam.

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