We all try to hide it, but we can’t because the evidence is written all over our face. We’re all guilty of at least a few no-no’s that can take a toll on our skin. Unlike the rest of your body, the skin on your face is delicate, and that’s why a regular skincare routine is necessary to retain its healthy glow. To keep your face looking flawless and complexion even at all times there are some practices you should avoid. Here are my 6 things you should never do to your face to keep your skin looking its best.
Using DIY Sunscreens
While making homemade lotions and moisturizers can be a good idea, dermatologists point out that you should opt for store-bought sunscreens instead of DIY ones. According to Sejal Shah MD, a New York board-certified dermatologist, homemade sunscreen is the single worst thing someone can apply onto their face. People usually opt to make sunscreens themselves because they are worried about chemicals in store-bought ones, but without the FDA testing, you are unable to know what level of protection you’re getting.
To make sure your skin is adequately protected from damaging UV rays, it’s better to opt for safe store bought sunscreens. If you have sensitive skin, just be sure to buy the hypoallergenic variety.
Trying Multiple Skincare Product at Once
You are familiar with this scenario: you go to Sephora to purchase one skincare item, but you aren’t quite sure which brand to buy. You ask the sales rep for assistance, and she happily gives you a sample of each of the products you were interested in. When you get home, you decide to “test” all of them out.
The more unfamiliar ingredients and products you apply onto your face at once, the higher the risk of irritations and infections. The best practice is when you notice irritation is to stop using the product that caused it, but when you are using several products, you won’t be able to determine the cause.
When buying skin care and beauty products, don’t try several of them at once. Also, if you have multiple new skincare products, you should limit yourself to applying one during a day until you are sure that none of them cause irritations.
If you are one of those people, who try to exfoliate as often as possible thinking it will give better results, stop! While exfoliating is extremely beneficial for your skin because it removes dead skin cells and other impurities, you should only use it sparingly. Here are some of the signs that you may be over-exfoliating:
• Shiny forehead – over-exfoliating removes skin’s oils and smooths out its natural texture thus causing light to reflect off your forehead easily
• Puffiness – excessive exfoliation causes skin on your face to look swollen and puffy
• Acne breakouts – exfoliation removes dead skin cells, but over-exfoliation removes healthy skin cells at the same time thus causing hypersensitivity and breakouts.
Ideally, you should opt for a gentle exfoliant once or twice a week.
Touching Your Face
While touching face seems completely natural, it’s something you shouldn’t do too often. Here’s why:
• Leads to picking and scarring – when you touch your face, you suddenly get the urge to fix all imperfections. Naturally, picking or popping acne and zits causes scarring which is very unappealing and difficult to minimize.
• Cause acne breakouts – our hands come in contact with millions of bacteria and germs throughout the day. All these bacteria and germs can be transferred onto your face when you touch it thus contributing to acne breakouts.
• It spreads germs – researchers from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md led by Dr. Wladimir Alonso conducted a study to observe whether touching your face, primarily nose, and lips, can result in flu. The study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases Results showed that people touched their face 3.6 times/ hour and common objects 3.3 times/hour, which significantly increases the risk of catching the flu.
To make sure your face doesn’t end up with acne, irritations, etc. you should make sure you don’t touch it too much.
Rubbing your Eyes
The skin around your eyes lacks sebaceous glands and is very sensitive. This is why signs of aging usually appear around your eyes before they do on other areas of your face. Rubbing your eyes breaks tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and causes dark circles and puffiness under eyes as well as crow’s feet.
When you’re sleepy, waking up, or simply tired, try not to rub your eyes. If you feel like you have to rub them, make sure you do it gently.
Forgetting to clean your glasses
Like your smartphone, your glasses accumulate oil, dirt, grime, and bacteria particularly on nose piece and the sides. When you put on your glasses without cleaning them, all those impurities are transferred onto your skin which increases the risk for acne breakouts and irritations.
Remember, whenever you take off your glasses or before you put them on making sure they are clean.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. In recent years, she had the opportunity to write Dermaset reviews. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.