7 Things you need to stop doing to your skin now

By: Health Local Staff Jul 18, 2014
7 Things you need to stop doing to your skin now

We've got the scoop on what you need to stop doing to your skin immediately!

Most of us go through the motions when it comes to skin care. We wash, we dry, and we apply make-up. But, did you know that there are things you may be doing to your skin that can harm it. It is important to be mindful of your facial care routine, so that it looks its best in the years to come.

Below are 7 things you need to stop doing to your skin immediately.

1. Wash with harsh soap and exfoliators
In theory, it seems like a great idea to wash your skin and strip the oils, but it’s those oils that provide a protective barrier to your skin. If you suffer from oily skin, forget the exfoliators, and opt for something that does not dry the skin out. Using harsh cleansers actually causes the likelihood of breakouts and increases oil production.

2. Use anti-aging products in jars
Products found in jars contain antioxidants, which cause breakdown in skin integrity with repeated exposure to sunlight and air. Anti-aging products become less effective over time. Jar packaging offers exposure to light and air. Rather than buying products in jars, opt for tubes and other plastic, concealed packaging.

3. Use cotton pillowcases
When a person gets eight hours of sleep each night, their face is pressing against a cotton pillowcase. Trauma to the skin can increase as the collagen breaks down. Dermatologists recommend swapping the cotton for silk or satin because the material causes less friction. You should wash your sheets once a week, especially if you are prone to acne.

4. Go to bed with makeup on your face
One of the greatest skincare mistakes women make is going to bed without properly removing makeup. The oils from the makeup clog your pores and make them appear larger in size. As a person ages, the collagen levels decrease and the already enlarged pores will not snap back. Makeup left on the face may also lead to flare-ups and breakouts.

5. Get little sleep
Skin researches report that less sleep not only affects the mood and energy level, but also your skin. Dark circles and increased acne may develop when you are running low on sleep. Sleep actually rids the body of free radicals and toxins.

6. Pop the zits
Rather than popping those unwanted zits and blackheads, leave them alone and allow them to drain on their own. When a dermatologist removes a blackhead or drains a zit, careful pressure is applied downward and perpendicularly to the surface of the skin. Squeezing can cause the infection to go deeper, which leads to an enlarged pore.

7. Use too many skincare products
Be sure to check your skincare products and find the routine that is best suited for your skin. When your skin becomes red and inflamed, or even flaky, you may be overdoing it. Dermatologists recommend a soothing solution that keeps the skin looking rejuvenated and fresh. If your products contain active ingredients, such as retinoid, be sure to apply every other day.

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