1. TALKING ON THE PHONE
Gross fact: Your phone has more bacteria on it than a public toilet seat! Yuck!
Just think, every time you press it to your skin while talking, you’re actually dumping this gross stuff on your face. This can really irritate your skin and clog your pores.
Tip: Make sure you clean your phone with some alcohol once a week.
2. STEPPING IN AND OUT OF AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM.
Air conditioners are real bad guys. They literally suck the moisture out of the air, which can lead to dehydrated skin. Jerks!
But a real skin-destroyer is stepping out of an air-conditioned place into the heat outside, or vice versa. This sudden shift from one temperature to another stresses the heck out of your skin. Your skin will react by either getting patchy, dull, uneven or by breaking out.
The best thing you can do is keep your skin moisturized (even those of you with oily, acne-prone skin). The moisture helps restore your skin’s protective barrier – so that it is strong enough to handle the changes in temperature.
3. Rubbing your eyes
The skin under your eyes is super fragile and thin. So when you rub your eyes, you damage the tiny blood vessels just beneath the skin’s surface. When the blood vessels break, the blood flows into the surrounding tissue, giving you dark circles!
Feeling tired? Sip on some tea. Just DON’T rub your eyes!
4. Taking a hot shower:
We know, hot showers feel amazing… but it is terrible for your skin!
Hot showers strip your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils – leaving skin dry, flaky and irritated. It’s better to take a warm bath instead.
Tip: ALWAYS use a moisturizer within 2 minutes of stepping out of the shower to ‘lock in’ the moisture.
5. Wearing dirty sunglasses:
Your cool sunglasses are a breeding ground for bacteria (that’s just disgusting!). This nasty stuff can get into the pores around the bridge of your nose, causing breakouts and irritation.
Tip: Wipe you sunnies with an antibacterial wet wipe daily.
6. Drinking coffee.
No need to give up your morning cup. But remember that caffeine is a diuretic – which means it causes you to lose hydration. Too much (say, four cups of coffee a day) can leave your skin looking dehydrated.
Tip: Follow every cup of coffee with a glass of water. That way, your hydration levels are balanced. Easy peasy.
7. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase
A cotton pillowcase absorbs all the moisture from your face! This makes your skin dehydrated – so it gets either too dry or too oily!
Tip: Switch to a silk or satin pillowcase to keep your moisture levels up all night.
So now that you know what NOT to do, here’s what you should always do: Follow a skincare routine that’s catered to your skin type and skin issues. It’s really that simple.