We all have beauty reflexes: those little things we do automatically that we think help us take care of our skin. Unfortunately, some of these gestures actually do more harm than good! Here are 12 beauty reflexes to avoid if you want to keep your skin looking its best.
It’s a difficult reflex, because it is very tempting to attack pimples. But resist this urge! Scratching the skin can cause scarring and make pimples last longer. If you absolutely have to do this, be sure to do it very gently with clean hands.
Rub your eyes:
It’s easy to forget how delicate the skin around our eyes is. Rubbing your eyes can cause wrinkles and dark circles, so it’s best to avoid this beauty reflex altogether. If you need to remove something from your eye, use a cotton swab instead.
Sleep with makeup:
The majority of women do it at least once (or two, or three…). Whether it’s fatigue or laziness, but sleeping with your makeup on is really bad for the skin! Makeup can cause breakouts and clog pores. In addition, despite cleaning the face, residues and the rest of the makeup remain stored in the pores, especially when it comes to Waterproof makeup. So be sure to apply a double cleanse or use a makeup remover that suits the nature of your skin.
Too much cleaning:
On the other hand, washing your face too much can also damage your skin. If you wash more than twice a day, you risk stripping your skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. The trick is either to apply a double cleansing in the evening and use thermal water in the morning to eliminate the sebum accumulated during the night. Or settle for two cleanings a day! One cleaning in the morning and another in the evening, and you’ll be fine.
You exfoliate too much:
Exfoliation is important to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy, but excessive exfoliation can do more harm than good. Exfoliating too hard can irritate the skin and cause redness and tenderness. Limit exfoliation to once or twice a week, and use a gentle exfoliator for best results.
Use hot water:
Hot water may be nice to the touch, but it’s not good for your skin! Hot water washes away natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry and uncomfortable. For best results, use lukewarm water when cleansing your face.
Do not wear sunscreen:
We all know we should put on sunscreen every day, but sometimes we forget (or just don’t have the time). The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage the skin and cause wrinkles. So be sure to apply sunscreen every morning before going out. Those with sensitive skin, applying sunscreen is very paramount even if you are indoors.
To smoke :
Smoking is bad for almost every part of your body, including your skin! Smoking accelerates aging by destroying collagen and elastic fibers in the skin, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. If you smoke, it’s time to give up this bad habit!
To drink alcohol :
Excessive alcohol consumption can also damage the skin by causing dehydration and inflammation. If you regularly drink alcohol, try to limit yourself to one or two drinks per week to minimize the effects on your skin (and your overall health).
Junk food :
Your diet has a big impact on the health of your skin! Eating a lot of processed foods can lead to inflammation and breakouts, so be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for clear skin.
Touch your face:
It’s easy to forget how many times we touch our face during the day, and how many germs our hands pick up in the process! Try to avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially if you haven’t washed your hands recently.
Not getting enough sleep:
Finally, make sure you get enough sleep! If you don’t get enough rest, you’re likely to feel exhausted, which translates to dark circles under your eyes on your face. Try to get seven or eight hours of sleep a night, and you’ll wake up refreshed and looking great!
By avoiding these bad beauty reflexes, your skin will remain beautiful! And there you have it: 12 beauty reflexes that harm your skin! Try to keep these bad habits in mind the next time you take care of your beauty routine, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy, glowing skin in no time!
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