There are so many ways that you are putting your skin's health at risk without even knowing it. And to be honest, I am guilty of committing every single one of these skin sabotages. Check out these eight things that you have no idea you're doing wrong, so you can improve your skin's health and enhance your radiant glow.
Skipping meals: When you skip a meal, you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to store energy. This can affect skin by making it look tough, tired, droopy, and even dry.
Too many showers: Soap, hot water, and too much exfoliation can dry out skin and strip it of its essential oils, causing the skin to wrinkle, crack, and dry out. A common misconception is that the more you wash your face, the less likely you are to breakout, but this is simply not true. Giving your skin a chance to develop its natural oils is key for great, healthy skin.
Caffeine: Your daily cup of coffee could also be drying out your skin and making you more prone to wrinkles. This doesn't mean that you should quit coffee immediately. Just make sure that you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day to balance your coffee intake.
Using expired beauty products: Makeup and lotions don't necessarily have an expiration date. However, most beauty products have a POW on the back of them (a little jar with a number). The number in the POW jar is the number of months that the product is guaranteed to be fresh and safe for use. Using products past the POW date is not harmful, but your skin may not reach its optimal health, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Popping pimples: It's tempting to exterminate a pimple right when it pops up. However, this could be one of the worst things you could do for your skin. Not only will you introduce a bunch of bacteria to the open wound, but you can also create scarring.
Chocolate: Chocolate is the solution to all of life's problems, except for the fact that it also creates one of the biggest problems: acne. Although chocolate is great for your heart and other parts of your health, it's not an advocate for your face. Don't quit chocolate cold-turkey—just pace yourself.
Brunch: Well, not brunch exactly, but what is brunch without mimosas? Well, it's brunch with clear skin. Mimosas are proven to cause dehydration and pimples because of the amount of sugar you are consuming in the drink. RE: Chocolate and coffee. Repeat after me: "moderation." Because who in the heck is going to give up coffee, chocolate, and mimosas? Not me, no way!
Sleeping on your stomach or your side: In these positions, your skin can be pressed and smushed for long periods of time, causing creases and unwanted wrinkles. UGH! CAN A GIRL LIVE/SLEEP?!