“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” –Author Unknown
A lot of people might not have known this, but the skin is the body’s largest organ. In this regard, we must take extraordinary measures in order to preserve its integrity and keep it as healthy as possible. After all, it serves as your body’s protective barrier so you must ensure that it is functioning optimally. Although the skin is known to regenerate itself even when pushed a little too hard, it can only put up with so much abuse. In this regard, it is best to review your daily habits and see if any of your rituals or routines may be affecting it.
What might seem like a fairly innocuous regimen to you might already potentially be damaging to your skin. With this in mind, it would be in your best interest to take a look and review at some of the everyday habits you might have that could be destroying your skin:
1.) You never moisturize
You might think that moisturizers are just the latest skin care gimmick, but they are actually more important than you think. Moisturizing every single day is integral to skin care and especially after you shower. A lot of your body washes and scrubs contain skin-drying ingredients so in this regard; infusing your skin with post-shower hydration is paramount. After all, radiant young skin is the result of moisturizing daily.
2.) Failing to remove your makeup before bed
We get it; at times you might be too exhausted to be bothered in removing your makeup. However, know that this is particularly harmful and detrimental to your skin as well as to your eyes. Getting some shuteye while leaving your makeup on would create a favorable environment for bacteria to breed. As a result, you will be prone to developing acne and even eye infections. Moreover, you would effectively be transferring this same bacteria onto your pillows that even if you do sleep with a clean face, you will only be exposing yourself to the germs and bacteria.
3.) You do not shower after a workout
Typically, it is inadvisable to shower immediately after a workout as you need to allow your body some time to cool down. However, after some time has passed, it is best if you take a shower—especially if you had a particularly vigorous workout. Refusing to shower would mean you are enabling your skin to trap sweat, bacteria, and dirt in your pores which would soon develop into breakouts, rashes, body odor and acne.
4.) You rarely exfoliate
It might sound like a fancy word and might even sound a little intimidating, but this is an important aspect of skin care. While it is not visible to the naked eye, your skin has a lot of dead skin cells, and as a result, you have a sullen and dull skin appearance. Regular exfoliations aid you with this apart from simply promoting cellular turnover for healthier skin. Exfoliation does not have to be expensive either, as you can simply mix baking soda and water as an alternative to over the counter products.
5.) You Cannot Stop Touching Your Face
Remember that your hands come in contact with almost all of the objects you interact with every day. With this in consideration, just think of how much bacteria and germs it comes in contact with. In this regard, your hands should not touch your face as you would be transferring it to your face. Any little innocent activity such as swiping your bangs from your forehead, rest your chin on your palm or rub your eyes, you are transmitting these bacteria to your skin. Considering this, it is best to keep your hands off your face as much as possible and always wash your hands with antibacterial hand soap first.