Skincare is having a moment. It’s a hot topic across social media as more and more people are starting to invest time and money into:
- Their routines
- The products they use
- Making healthy choices
In fact, the skincare industry has amassed some pretty impressive numbers, like generating a revenue of $17 billion in the U.S. market alone!
But today we’re not going to get into numbers or good skincare practices instead we want to shine a light on some pretty common habits that may be wrecking the complexion you’ve worked so hard on protecting.
While hormones and genetics certainly play a role in how your skin looks (more on this later) you may also be contributing to the problem. Want to put your best face forward and keep your skin healthy? Avoid these mistakes.
Skincare Habits That Actually Harm Your Skin
From the completely obvious to something you may have never considered, we hope you’ll keep these tips in mind on your pursuit to glowing skin.
Forgetting Your Neck and Chest
These two areas are very delicate and among the first to show signs of aging. While you may be diligent about cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF, make sure you take that routine further down to your neck and upper chest. Need some guidance on where to start? We carry various premium skincare lines that can do the trick!
Skimping on the Exfoliation
As we age, our rate of cell turnover decreases, and our need for exfoliation increases. Make sure to incorporate some good scrubbing sessions into your weekly routine or commit to regular treatments like microneedling.
Sleeping with Makeup On
We hope you’re cringing because we are too. This is the cardinal sin of skincare, and while we know it happens every once in a while, we hope you’ll hear us out. Doing this once or twice is fine, but if it’s a weekly habit, your skin is in trouble.
Leaving makeup on is just the same as suffocating your skin with the dirt, oil, grime, and cosmetics built up throughout the day. Keep some makeup wipes or micellar water near your bed if you must or continue suffering from clogged pores and breakouts.
Not Changing Your Pillowcase
While this is not exclusively a skincare habit, it is one that can have a massive impact on your skin. We won’t pry into your laundry habits, but we know this is an easy one to forget.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends putting on a fresh pillowcase twice a week to avoid rubbing your face over the buildup of dead skin cells and bacteria that can accumulate in just a few days.
Sleeping in a Dry Environment
There’s nothing better than that cozy feeling of being cuddled up in bed and feeling warm, but it’s not great for your skin. The air quality of our sleep space can impact our skin, and if yours is dry and warm, then you could be stealing essential moisture from your skin’s surface.
There’s an easy fix here, get a humidifier! You could also consider turning down the thermostat and sleeping with a hot pack or an extra blanket.
Letting Your Hair Hang in Your Face
Whatever your signature look maybe you’ll want to keep your hair out of your face, at least around bedtime especially if you’re a person who sleeps with product in your hair or styles your hair during the day and skip a wash you don’t want that touching your face.
Consider tying your hair back with a silk scarf or non-snagging band to keep product and natural hair oils far from your face.
Neglecting Your Makeup Brushes
How often do you clean your makeup brushes? These tools can hold onto acne-causing bacteria for a long time. You should be cleaning your brushes once a week with a mild soap or specialized brush cleanser.
Unprotected Sun Exposure
We’re not suggesting that you become a hermit to avoid the sun, but it’s well known that sun exposure can cause signs of aging and even skin cancer.
If you are going to be outside, rain or shine, during any season, you should be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 and applying every two hours. Also consider wearing sunglasses, hats, and other protective clothing when possible to shield your skin.
We Can Help
Old habits don’t have to die hard when it comes to your skin. You deserve better! Making a conscious effort to be more mindful of your skincare practices and breaking patterns that harm your skin can have a considerable effect on your complexion.
If you’re ready to take control of your skin and regain confidence, let’s talk! Whether we take a look at your hormone levels, set you up with the right skincare products, or help you decide on the right treatment, the EVEXIAS Denver team will help you look and feel your best!
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