Monday, February 12, 2018

Four Of The Worst Things You Can Do To Your Skin

Your face is a huge part of what makes you who you are. It’s utterly unique in its singular beauty and it is, for better or for worse, what represents you to the rest of the world. The world is tough on your face. Unlike the rest of your body, your face is under constant attack from the elements. Cold winds scrape at it. Rain and snow lash at it. The heat of the sun fries it and that’s before we get to the brutal regimen that many of us subject our faces to in the name of beauty. The fact is that the skin on our face may be resilient, but over time the damage we subject it to adds up. This can lead to that day we all dread when we look in the mirror and see a stranger who vaguely resembles one of our parents.

It’s an unfortunate truth that much of the damage we do to the skin of our faces we either do out of ignorance or in a misguided attempt to make it look better. Here are some of the worst things that we can do to our skin.

Using the same products all year round

Any skincare routine worth having will be attuned to the changing needs of your skin, depending on the season. Not only do you need to determine the best products for your skin type, check out for a useful guide to this, but they must also be chosen with seasonality in mind. Winter skin, for example, needs to be well hydrated and moisturized whereas in the spring your skin needs to be exfoliated and deeply cleansed to counteract the dryness of winter. Summer skin needs to be protected from the increased exposure to UV rays while fall skin needs to be well exfoliated to remove the sun-damaged skin from the summer.

Poor diet

Even the best skincare routine can’t counteract the damaging effect of a bad diet. Whatever your dietary requirements you need to load up on the foods that will keep your skin well nourished, hydrated and healthy. Aside from drinking 1-2 liters of water every day you should load up on leafy greens (full of chlorophyll for well-oxygenated skin), carrots and sweet potatoes which are full of naturally anti-aging beta-carotene and nuts and seeds which are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids to help our skin to retain the moisture it needs to stay plump, firm and youthful.


If you lead an active social life, chances are that alcohol may play a part in your lifestyle. There are many, many reasons why alcohol should be enjoyed responsibly and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Aside from being detrimental to your general health, excessive alcohol intake can dry the skin and cause it to age prematurely. This goes for the alcohol in the products you apply to your skin as well as the alcohol you drink.  

Over washing

We all want to be clean and hygienic but how much is too much? Some of us are so preoccupied with cleanliness that we forget just what a delicate organ our skin is. Washing several times a day with harsh soaps can strip our skin of the oils it needs, dehydrating it and causing it to crack leaving it vulnerable to infection.

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