Have you noticed that your skin makes you look a little bit older than you are? It’s probably because, without realizing it, you have taken up a few habits that are damaging the skin. Eager to try all the new goodie skincare products? Going to bed still in makeup? Bad, and bad. But worry not, here are some tips on how to avoid the harmful habits and start looking young again!
#1. Not applying sunscreen on a daily basis
Dermatologists from all over the world agree that the sun is the principal reason why our skin is aging. We mean the sun that can reach you at any time of the day - on sunny, snowy, cloudy and rainy days. UV-rays can also penetrate through glass! So wearing sunscreen always, even indoors, is a good way to start protecting your skin. Try choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of not less than 30.
Also, look up the formula: if it contains such ingredients as coffee berry, resveratrol, idebenone, vitamin C, that’s extra good!
#2. Forgetting about your neck and your hands
Remember that skin is our largest organ - it literally covers everything. So overexposing your neck and hands to the sun is not good, too. Loss of firmness, darker spots, dryness - all of those are signs of aging. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to your neck and your hands. The products you’re using for your face should do the trick.
#3. Incorrect pimple treating
Acne isn’t just a teen problem. Women aged 40 and above often start experiencing acne problems as well. But there is a correct way to do it, dermatologists say. So, instead of using spot treatment, apply an anti-acne cleanser or moisturiser to your entire face once a day. This way, you’ll prevent future breakouts.
#4. Not removing your makeup before bed
Oh, surely, just one time wouldn’t hurt, you’re so tired! And another time, and another… No. Cleaning your face before going to bed means no breakouts in the morning. Just imagine that all the dirt and toxins are still clinging to your skin! The 5-minute trip to the bathroom, a good cleanser and a box of cleansing towelettes at the nightstand will do wonders.
#5. Switching skincare products too quickly
Don’t be so quick about ditching your latest anti-aging moisturizer. You might feel that it’s not doing its job properly, but this could be because you’ve not given it enough time to work. Normally, six weeks - or even longer if it’s anti-aging - is when changes start manifesting. Remember that it takes about a month for new cells to reach the top layer of your skin, and 4 months for your skin to regenerate collagen and elastin. Going product over product over product will only make you think that nothing’s working.
#6. Too many skincare products at the same time
This is what dermatologists are saying: if one of the couple of new products you’re applying is causing irritation, how will now which one if you’re applying them all at the same time? The key is to start with one product at a time, adding a new only once in a while - once every two weeks is recommended. You’ll know what’s good for you and what’s not, and which combinations do work.
#7. Sleeping less than you should
Sleep is the king when it comes to health, including skincare. By not having enough hours of rest, you’re practically inviting rapid aging and dark circles under your eyes.
Sleep is best anti-stress an rejuvenation remedy. Skincare specialists also found out that stress and lack of sleep and increase the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which may lead to acne.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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