Let's face it: Small pleasures and indulgences are a necessary part of everyone's daily life. But not everything good is bad for you, or your skin! However, some bad skin habits can diminish your natural glow, and these days we could use all the glow we can get. Change your bad skin habits, and start feeling better from the outside in.
Too Much Air Conditioning
God, do I hate that feeling on the inside of my nose when I've been forced to sit in air conditioning all day. Turns out it's bad for your skin as well as your sinuses. This is how you can still get sandpaper knees when it's 82 and balmy out.
Ah, alcohol, you delicious poison. It's not just the dehydrating effects of those cocktails that are messing up your skin; it's also the depletion of your natural stores of vitamin A. Drinking too much can lead to a vitamin A deficiency, which in turn can cause damage to your skin's lipid layers. So think before you drink. Or just make sure to eat a lot of antioxidants when you do.
First, spend a little extra for some nice Egyptian cotton or bamboo fiber pillowcases. Because rough, cheap sheets can irritate delicate areas. Also be sure to wash and change your pillowcases regularly. Just think about all that crud that must build up on there. Another reason why you should wash your face every night.
F--king Touching It, Idiot
Keep your filthy hands away from your face. Seriously, it's crazy to go out into the world and be touching car doors and money and dogs all willy nilly, and then reach up and touch your face to try and fix whatever eruption your skin has produced. If you must, at least wash first. But whatever you do, don't pick.
Too Much Heating
Living at a comfortable temperature is hard, OK? Yes, electric and gas heating also dry your skin out just as bad as that AC. So, friends, either get a humidifier or bundle the f--k up.
Hiking trails are gorgeous, but along the way you're gonna find bugs, poison rash plants, dry AF air, and brambles. Not to mention sunburn, chapped lips, and blisters. Make sure to plan some rest and recuperation for those dermis layers once you're back at a low altitude.
I absolutely don't wanna fetish shame anyone, but as someone who experimented heavily with surface piercings in their 20s, I know just how thoroughly a misbehaving needle hole can f--k with your skin's health. Whether for sex, beauty, or just for fun, you gotta educate yourself thoroughly before sticking sharp objects through various parts of your body. Make sure all your tools are safe and sterile, and use the right cleansers to help you heal up real nice.
Not Using Sunscreen Enough
Putting on sunscreen sucks, and nothing is gonna change that. But unfortunately, cancer and sun damage suck even more. Do we just gotta keep slathering up. At least they've stopped making absolutely every kind of sunscreen smell like coconuts.
Road rash gets its name from bikers, but skateboarding has a much higher rate of just totally eating it. Pads and protective clothing may not be the coolest things, but bloody knees and elbows are worse. No one likes a boo-boo.
Using The Wrong Moisturizer
The frustrating thing about taking proper care of your skin is that you can't just put any old cream on it and get the best results. It can get expensive trying out different formulas, so score testers and samples whenever possible. Eventually you'll find your skin's glass slipper moisturizer.
Swimming In Pools
Aside from the dangers of exposing yourself to the sun, swimming in chlorinated water is a real bummer for skin. The chemicals strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and even possibly irritated. Shower immediately after and for blessing's sake, moisturize.
Using Moisturizer Wrong
Even if you find the right moisturizer, you might be using it wrong. Make sure to apply directly out of the shower when your skin is primed to absorb it. Additionally, waiting a few minutes between layers of skincare products will ensure your skin receives all their diverse benefits.
Smoking is so sexy, though! But it's a cruel, cruel world, and smoking is still terrible for your skin. Quitting will improve your body's health in pretty much every way possible, but it may have the side effect of making you feel much less cool.
Yes, Smoking Weed Too
Although marijuana smoke doesn't contain all the wretched chemicals and contaminants that cigarettes do, it still does mess with your lungs and your circulatory system. This can lead to unwanted redness, dullness, and an uneven skin tone. If you're really feeling less than mellow about what pot smoke is doing to your body, think about switching to edibles or topicals to get your cheef on.
Probably if you're someone for whom caffeine has become a daily necessity, knowing that it's dehydrating for your skin isn't going to change much. But there's an easy way to compensate for your cup or three of coffee, tea, or Diet Coke: Drink extra water. And make sure you've got access to a bathroom for when you inevitably need to pee.
Friend, are you an 18th-century schoolmarm? No? Then there is no reason to be scrubbing anyone's face until it's red and stinging, much less your own. Switching from a harsh scrub like salt or nut shells to another natural exfoliator like sugar can get you better results right away. Stay away from microbeads because they're total ocean-murderers. But if you don't like the rougher texture of a scrub, try a chemical exfoliator with lactic acid. They're less scary than they sound.
One of my least favorite things about being an adult is having the ability to buy as much candy and sweets as I want while knowing exactly how terrible they are for literally every part of my body. Turns out the reason sugar is so bad for your skin is because when insulin levels spike, inflammation occurs, resulting in enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. It sucks but it's true: Cutting out sugar will in fact make your skin look smooth and radiant af.
Being Lazy About Sweat
I sweat so much when it's hot and it can get unbelievably gross so, so quickly. Especially if you're wearing sunscreen and/or foundation makeup, remembering to wipe or wash your face after a workout or a muggy summer afternoon can do wonders. Keep those pores unclogged and breathing, baby.
Not Sleeping Enough
Got big, dark, oily eyebag problems? You can't expect eye cream to do all the work for you. If you're not sleeping enough, your skin is the first place to show it. And hey, man, what are you doing? Get your hands away from your face!
Too Much Soap
We don't want to let ourselves get crusty or anything, but you might want to try to break that daily shower habit. Too much soap, especially antibacterial, strips the skin of its natural oils. So if you're feeling dried out, don't step in the water; wait a day and let your skin replenish itself.