5 Crucial Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve probably read 1,000 articles about products you can use and things you can do to slow the signs of aging but what many of these articles don’t tell you is that it’s just as important to avoid the critical skin care blunders that can wipe-out all of the positive things you’re doing and add years to your look.
I think most of us would agree that it’s a lot easier (and less expensive) to side-step the things can accelerate the development of ugly skin flaws than try to minimize their appearance.
This list could go on forever but here are the key beauty slayers you need to defend against to keep your soft, youthful glow!

  • skin-damageExcessive Sun Exposure – By now, you’re well aware of the skin cancer risk hidden behind those bright, golden rays but there are other beauty dangers lurking there as well. Long before skin cancer rears its ugly head, other night-out nightmares such as discolorations and wrinkles start to develop. Yes, sunscreen will help minimize the damage but planning outdoor activities for earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is at a lower angle is your best bet. If you are headed to the pool or the beach, be sure to pack an umbrella or similar source of shade so you can soak in the beautiful summer weather without absorbing the UV radiation along with it.
  • Too Much Alcohol – Many of like to enjoy a fruity, frozen drink or a glass of wine on the patio once in a while and I wouldn’t dare to kill your summer vibe by suggesting you do away with this tradition entirely. The important thing to remember here is that alcohol has a dehydrating effect and your skin depends on abundant moisture to flush away impurities while staying firm and radiant. If you do decide to indulge, be sure to alternate each alcoholic beverage with a full glass of fresh water.
  • Sleeping With Makeup On – Don’t do it! I know, you only use the good stuff and the package said it’s natural and gentle enough to sleep in. Just remember, your skin is living tissue and it needs the opportunity to release oils and shed dead cells so fresh, new ones can come to the surface. As a general rule, you should gently remove your makeup as soon as you no longer need it (sometimes that means removing it long before bedtime).
  • Mixing Too Many Products – Even if you’re an obsessive label reader (this is a good thing), common skin care products are made up of dozens of ingredients and it’s almost impossible to know how they will react when mixed with dozens of others. At the very least, layering different treatments, serums, and moisturizers that aren’t formulated for use together can diminish the benefits of a product and at worst, the resulting combination can do damage to your skin. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions included with everything in your daily routine and if it says not to use it with other products, don’t.
  • Touching Your Face – This one seems like a no-brainer but you may catch yourself doing it far more often than you think if you’re paying attention. First, refrain from picking at blemishes or scabs. This can cause scarring and introduce bacteria to breaks in the skin, leading to redness or infection. Next, be sure to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap to remove dirt and anything else you may have touched that could be harmful to your skin, before you wash your face or remove your makeup. Finally, keep unnecessary contact between your fingers and your face to a minimum throughout the day to avoid blending the natural oils in your skin with dirt or other impurities that can clog your pores.

When it comes to avoiding the signs of aging and looking your best, what you don’t do is just as important as what you do. Even if you’ve made some of these mistakes in the past, the sooner you start taking comprehensive approach to caring for your skin, the better your skin will retain a healthy, youthful appearance.

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