6 HABITS THAT AGE YOUR SKIN
We have heard them all before:
“If you make that face it will stay that way.”
“Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyesight.”
We think these warnings are silly now, but some of the things we have been warned about are not old wives’ tales and can start to age you sooner. Let’s take a look at the biggest culprits.
Not Washing Your Face Before Bed
Bish, don’t do it! This is one of the biggest makeup sins you can engage in. Did you know that every time you go to sleep with your makeup on and not sleeping with moisturizer, your face ages about 3-4 days? If you keep that bad habit up, imagine how fast the damage will start to show. Some of the biggest adverse side effects of sleeping with your face paint on will be:
- Dry skin, which can also bring on redness, irritation, and uneven skin tone.
- Clogged pores, which can cause breakouts or cause your pores to enlarge. I hate to be the one to tell you, but once your pores stretch, you cannot close them again.
- Environmental pollutants are still sticking to your face from the day and you’re bringing those irritants to your pillowcase. These free radicals (dirt, pollution, etc.) are also a big cause of aging your skin, causing wrinkles.
- Your skin is suffocating and cannot go through its normal exfoliation process while you sleep, again causing irritated and/or dry patches on your skin. This will also cause those angry breakouts and your skin will appear dull and even gray.
- You are stunting the growth of your eyelashes. Sleeping with your mascara on will affect the healthy growth and regrowth of your lashes because they will become more brittle. The same holds true for any leftover lash glue.
This beauty sin may be one of the worst, but it is also one of the easiest to avoid in this current world of skincare. I get it, sometimes you are wiped out or sometimes you just fall asleep. Maaaaybe someone thought shots of tequila were a brilliant idea? To defy this sin, make sure you keep some makeup remover and cleansing wipes next to your bed. Why not invest in one or two of The Original Makeup Removers that help you effortlessly take off that makeup without being hard on your skin? If you want to be extra good about it, keep a light moisturizer or serum next to the bed as well. It is not a replacement for properly washing your skin, but it is much better than the alternative.
Using Hot Water
It may not feel as satisfying but stick to lukewarm water. Using hot water on your face does not do anything “extra” to help clean your pores or make your makeup easier to remove. All it will do is burn your skin, break capillaries and dry your skin out. Feel like you need a deep clean steam? Hit the sauna or get a professional facial, but follow up with a lukewarm face wash. Your skin will be so grateful!
BT-dubs, this advice extends to ALL of your skin. Avoid taking super hot showers or baths as much as you can.
Washing Your Hair Before Your Face in the Shower
Since I’ve just mentioned showers, let’s talk this one through. Your shampoo and conditioner clear your hair of build-up, then you add some of the moisture back in to protect your hair. When you rinse both of these products out of your hair, where is all of that going – all down your face and back? If you are not using a cleanser on your face or body after rinsing your hair, then you are allowing that residue to make its way to your pores and skin. Make your hair your first priority and follow-up with the rest!
Have I ruined your shower routine yet?
Too Much Moisturizer
Your moisturizer is meant to give your skin just a little bit of moisture. If you are slathering on too much of a good thing, your skin will not absorb all of it. Instead, it will clog your pores and make it harder for your skin to breathe. All of this is a very common reason for acne breakouts, whiteheads, and blackheads. Just a dime-size of product should do it and be sure when applying to your face, to include your neck and move in a circular/upward position.
Rubbing Your Eyes and Face
You’ve heard it before and I want you to listen to mama now…DO NOT rub your eyes. The safety of your actual eyes is crucial here. If its something in your eye causing you to rub, you could end up scratching your cornea. If you’re rubbing due to allergies, you can actually increase the itching caused by them. Now if the health of your vision is not enough to make you stop that rubbing, let me scare you with the aging repercussions.
The skin around our eyes is the most sensitive and susceptible to premature aging. If you are always pulling on your face or rubbing your eyes, you can bring on crows feet and drooping eyelids well before your time. Rubbing your eyes will also break the blood vessels in your eye and the surrounding skin. This will make you look tired by causing red-eye, puffiness and forming dark circles.
My advice is to keep saline solution or Visine on you if you get that itch. Laying a cold compress over your eyes can also help.
Using Anti-aging Products Too Early
This is something I wish had been explained to me better when I was younger. I never knew when I should start incorporating the anti-aging products into my daily and nightly routines. One thing is for sure, no matter the age, you should be wearing an SPF when you are outside. In your 20’s, you really only need moisturizer and eye cream. It’s not until we hit our 30’s that we need to start giving our mugs some extra attention. Hopefully, the diagram below from Slice will be helpful to you and as always, be sure to consult with your physician or dermatologist.
Baby that skin!