Seven Habits Keeping You From Having Your Most Gorgeous Skin Possible
You’re probably already doing some awesome things for your skin, like using natural skin care or eating a balanced, clean diet. Keep up the great work! But you might also be committing skin sabotage in some ways you didn’t realize.
Here’s a list of 7 things you might be doing to make your skin less-than-radiant…
- Eating Excess Sugar
A 2013 study looked at the connection between blood sugar and aging. Participants who tested with higher blood sugar levels were also rated as looking older. Crazy, right? Constantly spiking our blood sugar levels and then later crashing down is an unhealthy cycle that many of us subject our bodies to, and our skin shows it.
- Not Hydrating
Water makes a big difference in skin health. Your skin is 64 percent water, after all. Without adequate water intake, dehydration occurs making skin appear dull, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. What’s more, a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen require water to work effectively. When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.
- Using Skin Care Products That Contain Alcohol
Why is there alcohol in your skin care products? They’re used to help ingredients mix together to form a finished product, act as preservatives, and temporarily shrink your pores. Problem is some alcohols used in skin care are drying, irritating, and damaging to your skin, and many contain petroleum-derived additives that you definitely don’t want on your face. But if you replaced the alcohol with healing aloe juice, or witch hazel – your skin will thank you with a glow!
- Skin Addictions
Skin gets used to what you put on it. If you’re feeding it well, awesome! If you’re not, then there can be problems. A common ingredient that skin gets addicted to is benzoyl peroxide. Usually prescribed for acne, it clears up the skin by killing bacteria and reducing oil production. In the long term, it is extremely drying for most skin types, essentially working like a bleach. Ouch!
Alkaline benzoyl peroxide disturbs your skin’s acid mantle, which should be at a pH of between 4.5-5.5. Once you stop using it, your skin starts to re-balance itself to its natural pH. During what is essentially a detox process, many people find that they break out. Have patience! These skin detox-induced breakouts should subside after a few weeks.
- Using Unnatural Makeup
Many of us wear makeup, either occasionally or for everyday coverage. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, but putting on foundation, blush, concealer, etc. everyday could be making your skin less healthy. Many makeup brands, I’m going to say most, use ingredients that can clog your pores, irritate your skin, and create a barrier that keeps your skin from breathing. So, your skin gets worse over time as you use them. We favor natural mineral makeups without added preservatives and fragrances. They’re a healthy way to even out your skin tone and cover imperfections.
- Eating From a Box
You can’t talk about good skin without talking about health. Your skin is an indicator of what’s happening inside. We can’t tell you whether being gluten-free, vegan, raw, vegetarian or what will work for you. There a lot of theories and diet plans out there, you have to figure out what’s best for you and your body. However, eating whole foods is something pretty un-debatably healthy. And I know it can be challenging so try to have a salad or smoothie every day to up your intake of raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Try to eat the rainbow! Different colored produce provides different benefits, so make things fun and multicolored on your plate in order to cover your nutritional bases.
7. Not Exfoliating
As you get older, your rate of cell turnover decreases and your need for regular exfoliation increases. Giving your skin a good scrub sloughs off dead skin cells and encourages new ones to generate. Plus, when you’re using potent anti-aging products, you want to make sure they are being well absorbed (not just sitting on top of dead skin cells).
Now, there is such a thing as too much exfoliation, so you need to find a balance. For most people, a couple times a week does the trick. As you age, this may be closer to 3 or 4 times a week.
Cheers to radiant skin!