It can be a head-scratching situation sometimes when you are doing all you can with your cleansing routine each night — as much as you cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise your skin, it still doesn’t shine as bright as how Gwyneth Paltrow’s skin does. It might seem harmless but it could very well be all those everyday little habits that you unconsciously perform that might be sabotaging your skin from the inside. If you are ready for some chop and change, here are a few habits that you have to drop for ravishing skin.
Watch Your Mouth
What we mean by that is to be more mindful of what you put into your mouth. This includes the standard meals that you have from breakfast, lunch to dinner, but it also consists of the little snacks that you munch on in between meals like that little croissant for a tea break and even the milk tea run just after dinner. This is because of how when you consume too much sugar, salt and even caffeine more than your daily intake, you risk having that showing up on your face. When you start running your finger down the dessert menu, you are risking it since sugary food does break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and that would result in dullness and wrinkles.
Not Just A Tipple
For some, a nightly drink is more than a necessity as a way to wind down after a hectic work day. Unfortunately, one drink might lead to another and so on. When you consume too much booze in one sitting, you are putting your skin under duress. Because of how alcohol dehydrates and causes inflammation in your skin, it would turn your skin into a dull and blotchy colour. If you are having a drink with friends after work, a good yardstick would be to keep it under two and to have water in between the clinking of drinks to flush out the alcohol out of your system.
Overdoing Your Cleansing
Some might have the idea that the more you cleanse your face, the less likely you are to get breakouts and pimples. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case because of how lathering up too often might just strip away all the natural oils from your skin. This would instead cause your skin to look dull and dry, especially when your skin is already dry by default. What you can do is to stick to a twice-a-day routine with one in the day and one in the night or just once in the morning. To make it gentler on your skin, use a cream or oil-based cleanser at night and rinse with water in the morning, that would allow you to retain your natural moisturising oils.
Exfoliators That Hurt
If you find that your scrub is starting to sting or leave your skin looking blotchy and red, chances are, it isn’t helpful for your skin. The process of removing your dead skin is not supposed to hurt and when that occurs, it is not only the flaky skin that it is removing — chances are, your natural hydrating oils are being taken away as well. Some scrubs that feels gritty to touch with the inclusion of natural exfoliators like kernels and seeds for a deeper scrub might not be the best for your skin. If it is too harsh on your skin, it could actually cause irritation and inflammation and that would lead to even more headache when your pores get clogged and your skin starts showing up with wrinkles. If you are looking for an exfoliator, look for a gentle one or create a home-made scrub with sugar for a once-a-week treatment.
Sleep No More
It is funny how staying up late seems to be a thing to shout about nowadays. The truth, unfortunately, is that it is anything but. When you stay up late to surf the net or spend the wee hours of the night online shopping, you are sacrificing on those precious hours of shut-eye and that would make your skin dull and make those fine lines show up even more so. As you age, you would find that even the occasional late nighter would make your system frail. If you are finding it hard to get to sleep, going back to your phones definitely isn’t going to help and that is because of how the bright light from your screens would suppress the release of the melatonin hormone that makes you sleepy. That would only serve to throw your circadian rhythm off and you would find your whole body functioning at an odd pace.
Missing Out On Sunscreen
Even if you are one of those who regularly put on sunscreen, don’t skip this point just yet. While you might have the habit of applying SPF over your face, you might miss certain parts of your body like your jawline and your ears. During the year-long summer that all of Singapore endures, be mindful that your light cotton clothes wouldn’t shield your skin from the harsh rays of the sun.