Often we see people having regrets about their skincare, whether this be regretting using a new product which was more harmful than beneficial, or not using any products at all. Below is the run down of the internets’ most common skincare regrets, and what you should do to steer clear
1. Not wearing Sunscreen
This is one that pops up very often. Not using sunscreen when in contact with the sun causes premature aging. UV light from the sun damages elastin; a protein responsible for the elasticity of the skin. When this protein is damaged by the sun, the skin starts to sag and wrinkle.
That being said however, sunscreen doesn’t need to be applied all the time. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for skin health, being responsible for cell growth and repair. You’d be surprised at how many people have Vitamin D deficiencies, especially here in the UK. If it’s cloudy outside, best not to apply SPF.
2. Not having a Skincare Routine
We’ve already established the benefits of having a skincare routine that is tailored for your skin type. A personalised skincare routine ensures your skin is receiving the right treatment to keep it looking at its best.
Is a skincare routine necessary though?
Absolutely. You might think your skin is doing fine, but there are always shortcomings. A proper cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising regime will certainly improve the quality of your skin. So if you’ve been having doubts, better get started. Read our article on how to improve your skin complexion, fast for tips on establishing a simple routine to get you going
3. Picking at your skin & using pore strips
A significant amount of people pick at their skin. This could be picking to expel black/white heads, to burst acne, or to get rid of other imperfections. Picking is amongst the most damaging things you can do to your skin; picking can lead to permanent scarring; picking can permanently enlarge pores, especially with the force most use to squeeze out blackheads; picking can deposit unwanted dirt on your face leading to further breakouts and clogged pores.
The urge to pick can be difficult to control sometimes, but it’s best to avoid it. Use serums/treatments instead to get the results you want, you’ll thank yourself a few years down the line.
Also, stay away from pore strips. These are harsh on your skin, and many users have noticed they permanently enlarge pores on your nose and face. If you’re trying to get rid of black heads & unclog pores, use chemical exfoliants. These are the favourable option over any physical exfoliant, and provide better long term results. That being said, exfoliating 2-3 times a week with a gentle physical exfoliant is usually beneficial, it’s all about moderation.
4. Not focusing on your diet
A significant proportion of people say they regret not following a stricter diet from a younger age.
Your diet has a profound impact on the quality of your skin. The foods you consume play a key role in supplying the skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs to adequately repair and moisturise. Neglecting your diet can therefore exacerbate existing conditions, as well as creating new problems. Read our article on Diet Tips for Clear, Healthy Skin for diet tips to keep your skin looking at it’s best
If you care about your skin whatsoever, you should give up smoking. Smoking deprives the skin of the nutrients it needs, as well as damaging collagen and elastin; two proteins most important for skin health and retaining your youthful appearance. Smoking can also lead to deep lines around the mouth area from the repetitive action, reduced blood flow, skin discolouration, skin sagging, and balding. The list of negative effects is substantial, for advice on quitting smoking, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/
6. Not sleeping enough
A common concern we hear is that it’s hard to get enough sleep. A significant proportion of cellular regeneration happens at night. Not sleeping enough is linked to an endless list of health conditions, including stress which has further negative impacts on your skin. Your sleeping position is as important as sleep itself, sleeping on your stomach stretches the facial skin and your neck muscles. This can cause premature wrinkles and neck pain.
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason, make sure you get those hours in. Zzz
7. Not drinking enough water
If there’s one new years resolution you should have, it’s to drink more water.
Water helps flush out those toxins which can cause an undesirable complexion. The amount you need to drink varies from person to person, but the general rule is around 2 litres a day. Drinking water will help clear acne, improve skin hydration reducing dryness, reduce puffiness, amongst other benefits.
8. Being stressed
In an increasingly busy world, overall stress levels are on the up. Whether this stress is associated with work commitments, finances, children, or just the genuine struggle of everyday life, we all feel a bit on edge sometimes. Stress has a direct impact on the condition of your skin, it can reduce sleep quality and cause hormone imbalances both of which will negatively affect your complexion.
It’s a good idea to practise mindfulness, this can be through meditation or other relaxing activities such as yoga which brings us on to our next point, exercise
9. Not exercising enough
Many people feel they don’t have time to exercise, and later regret not doing so.
Exercising improves blood flow and circulation around the body, this includes blood flow to the skin. Improved circulation therefore means more oxygen and nutrients can be carried to the skin which it needs to function and repair. This also means any waste products can be carried away from the skin more effectively.
Cardiovascular work also improves metabolism, and sweat pushes out the waste products from the pores giving you a glowing complexion (just make sure you wash your face after a workout!)
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