Are You Ruining Your Skin?
Photograph by James Drakeford
Perfect cleanser? check. Toner? check. Let’s not forget the moisturizer. check check. Great!
So you’ve managed to get your skincare routine together and have even developed a new habit of using skin masks and face serums?
Now, why in the world is your skin not looking the way you want it to?
We’ve put together a list of skincare mistakes we make often and never think about.
Correcting these common mistakes can have a major impact on the appearance of your skin.
#1: You Don’t Drink Enough Water
While our bodies are 64% water, our skin produces oil to help as a natural moisturizer but, some of our skin produces a lot more oil than others. Having a stable balance of water to oil on the surface of the skin is imperative for ultimate hydration. Water helps fend off breakouts by decreasing the concentration of oil on your skin When the skin is hydrated, it produces a plumping effect to your skin, leaving no room for open pores, and making it harder for irritations and blemishes caused by external particles to be let in.
#2: Your Cellphone
How many times do you use your phone a day? It’s literally one device that we often fail to properly cleanse even after we’ve been in some of the most unclean areas. When you’re constantly dropping your cell phone on unfamiliar surfaces and picking it up again to answer a call, you’re also welcoming bacteria and germs onto your skin. Disinfecting your phone daily will keep you from clogging your pores.
#3: Your Obsession With Popping Pimples
We’re guilty. Popping pimples used to be our specialty and quite frankly, how satisfying is it to know that the dreadful bump on your face is now gone? So you thought. Removing a blackhead or whitehead introduces new bacteria, which is what you should avoid introducing to your skin. Instead of resorting to standing in the mirror examining your pimple, apply a clarifying treatment, like our Clarifying Face Mask after cleansing and then head to sleep. Your pimple will be gone in the morning.
#4: Your Diet
The age old saying “you are what you eat” is something to hold close to your heart. When you welcome greasy foods into your system, you’re also welcoming an increased about of acne and pimples onto your face. By switching out those foods for ones high in antioxidants like leafy greens, strawberries, and pinto beans, you’re in turn teaching your skin to remain smooth and bright.