We are all guilty of doing things that damage our skin and unless you live in a bubble, it is difficult not to.
You randomly attempt to moisturize, cleanse and even exfoliate when you’re feeling ambitious.
So why isn't your skin Scarlet Johansson perfect already?
it's because seemingly harmless, everyday behaviors (like that
Butterfinger bar you wolf down every afternoon) are silently damaging
your skin. Here's what you need to steer clear of in the name of a
beautiful, radiant complexion.
too much salt, caffeine, sugar, wine, beer and hard liquor will
showcase itself on your face and your body’s skin. As we already know,
alcohol dehydrates and inflames your skin, making it dull and blotchy.
If you must indulge in the occasional adult beverage, make sure to keep a
glass of water handy to sip on between drinks. This helps keep you
hydrated and assists your body in flushing out the alcohol.
avoid mixers that are chock full of sugar and if you are at a
restaurant, just say no to the triple fudge mud pie with extra whipped
cream from the dessert menu. Sugary foods break down the elastin and
collagen in your skin which causes dullness and wrinkles over time. The
same goes for the opposite side of the spectrum, too much salt and
caffeine will dehydrate your skin, making it look old and tired. Keep to
one cup of coffee a day and no, that doesn’t mean a Venti Caramel
You still need to wash off
your makeup at night and take a shower every day, but excessive washing
won’t make your skin any cleaner. In fact, the more you lather up, the
drier your skin becomes, since doing so strips away natural oils. Wash
with a rich, creamy or oil-based cleanser and follow up with a good
3. Harsh Exfoliators
skin cells isn't intended to hurt. If an exfoliator burns, stings or
causes your skin to become red and blotchy, chuck it; along with peeling
your skin, it's removing your skin's natural hydrating oils. Coarse
scrubs and abrasive peels can cause swelling and inflammation, which
leads to clogged pores and even wrinkles and brown spots. Use a gentle
exfoliator with microbeads or even sugar just once or twice a week, or a
mild lactic acid peel once a week.
If you have
dry skin, toners are not for you. Toners are made to remove skin oil
that dry skin requires to help keep water from evaporating. Dry skin
types often are wary of using a moisturizer for fear of getting acne.
The problem with that is the skin gets so dry without it, that the
barrier function becomes impaired, leaving the skin without a defense
against bacteria and other acne causing substances.
5. Zero Sun Protection
you don’t follow any of the above recommendations, at least heed this
one. The sun is the number one,numero uno, #1 environmental cause of
premature aging. Ultra Violet (UV) exposure gradually destroys the
integrity of the skin’s structure, so you won’t notice the total effects
until years later. Tanning veterans often wind up with wrinkly,
leathered skin. So if you are not after that look, then grab sunglasses
and hat and apply a natural sunscreen every time you’re out in the sun.
addition to the above tips, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of
water, consuming a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol and tobacco will go
a long way to keeping your skin in good condition.
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