While there are a heap of different skin care products out there that promise to reduce breakouts, smooth fine lines and create glowing skin, sometimes you’ve got to bring it back to basics. Some of the best skin supporters are simple daily habits that can help you get back on track to good skin.
From no-brainer rules to nifty little tricks, here are some of the top daily habits that might just give you that clear, glowing skin you’ve been wanting forever.
It may seem obvious, but it’s a hard habit to break. Don’t pick your skin and don’t squeeze your spots.
This can not only make your breakouts worse as it is pretty much spreading the infection, but it can also result in permanent pigmented scarring.
When you squeeze a pimple, you can inadvertently force all the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle. That can cause the follicle wall to rupture, spilling all the infected material into the dermis (the lower layer of skin).
Don’t be fooled into thinking your skin is OK if you are able to coax pus and debris from the pore opening. You can still be pushing infected material deeper into the dermis below even while pus is being extracted from the pore.
That settles it then – hands away from your face!
How often do you change your pillowcase? You may not be doing it as often as you should – and it could be one of the easiest solutions to prevent acne and breakouts. This also goes for makeup brushes and towels, Changing pillow cases frequently and washing them often play a big part in keeping skin clearer.
For those who don’t have time to put a load on more than once a weekend or don’t have a billion pillowcases to switch out, another user offered this magical little tip, “
Switching your usual laundry detergent to a fragrance-free alternative, especially if you have sensitive skin, is helpful to avoid irritation.
Sometimes less is more and many skincare addicts make the observation that by simplifying their skin care routine, skin tends to appear clearer and healthier. For example, realising that even oily skin needs regular moisturizing, and adding fewer and fewer products to avoid irritating the skin’s delicate moisture barrie.
The key is to find skin care products that work together to simplify your routine. Sometimes you can end up using too many products that aren’t actually suited to your specific skin type, causing more harm than good.
We know you’ve heard it a million times over, but that’s because it’s important. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will help flush out toxins from the body and the skin – it’s hands-down one of the best ways to up your glow game. Without enough water, your skin becomes dry, flaky and prone to breakouts, acne and wrinkles – which is just not a good time.
Plain water is not the only thing that contributes to fluid balance. “Tap, bottled, fizzy, hot and cold water, herbal teas, fruit juice, skimmed/semi skimmed milk all count,” says Bond. “While all fluids add to your daily fluid total, opting for water or herbal teas means that you’re not adding sugar or calories to your diet, while maintaining good levels of hydration.”
Remember that many foods are also loaded with water. “Especially water-rich fruits and vegetables – veggies in particular are an excellent choice because not only do they flood the body with nutrients but they are low glycemic, so help to avoid blood sugar imbalances,” the nutritionist explains.
Dr Hextall recommends adding lemon to hot water as a morning drink, “which has great digestion advantages [which can also benefit skin], but dentists have muted concerns about the acidity and its effect on teeth, so it’s best to use a straw to bypass the teeth”. She says herbal teas, and particularly green tea, “are an excellent alternative to water as the antioxidants will definitely boost the skin”.
Cell phones are magnets for build-up and bacteria, which means throughout the day, makeup, facial oils, and environmental toxins accumulate on our screens.
With each phone call, we reintroduce these germs onto our skin, clogging our pores and leading to eventual breakouts.
Furthermore, when you place your phone on your face to make a call, your skin is not only in direct contact with said bacteria, but it also traps oil in the pores. The pressure of the phone on your skin alone can create blemishes. So, wipe that screen on the regular or opt for bluetooth headphone!
Hair products can cause breakouts anywhere, but especially on your hairline, neck, and back. That’s right: Many of the ingredients your hair needs and loves aren’t so great for your skin, and can often lead to irritation and acne.
There are a host of ingredients that are risky for people with acne-prone skin, and many more that are a risk to anyone, regardless of their skin type.
Many hair products are oil based, which may trigger acne in those who are already prone, but ingredients such as petroleum, silicone, cocoa butter, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and lanolin can also trigger acne, especially if left on the skin. Many hairsprays are also alcohol-based and can trigger breakouts if accidentally sprayed onto nearby skin.
At the end of the day, what’s good for your skin isn’t always good for your face so keep the two separate. Choose hair products with good ingredients, and do what you need to keep your hair product from transferring to your skin.
That way, you can have beautiful hair without sacrificing your beautiful skin.