Everyone wants happy skin, right? Of course! But you could actually be sabotaging your path to clear skin with some bad habits that you’re not even aware of. Some of these feel like no-brainers when you hear them, and others make you think a little. So if you’re interested in learning some skin care hacks or discovering a few bad skin habits, let’s take a look at 7 habits that could be compromising YOUR skin health now….
1. Not REALLY Knowing Your True Skin Type
Think you know your skin type? Are you sure? What about your daughter, husband, sister, roommate, or whoever else you share a shower with? Even within families, everyone can have a different skin type, and this directly affects which products you should be using. People with oily vs dry skin (or normal, or some combination thereof) require different products from one another. Some faces need more frequent exfoliation, and other faces break out from those same scrubs.
So if you find yourself wondering why is my complexion so bad while the other members of your household look fine, discover your true skin type once and for all with our guide to all 5 skin types!
What?! Yes! In terms of bad habits for skin health, this can easily become one of them. As mentioned above, different faces react differently to exfoliators, and frequency is just as important as skin type. Exfoliating too often (or too harshly) can leave super small cuts on your skin, leading to a higher chance of infections or breakouts. Exfoliating too little, however, creates a buildup of dead cells and other dirt that can clog pores and also lead to acne. Try exfoliating just once a week for good measure; if you think your skin can handle it, move it up to twice a week, but definitely not everyday! If you’re using a scrub as part of your daily routine, try a more mild foam cleanser instead.
So is exfoliating bad for skin? Not at all! But like many things in life, moderation is key.
3. HOT Showers
In terms of everyday things that can ruin your skin, this is one that we really wish didn’t have to be on the list! But alas. While a steamy shower may feel super relaxing, the hot water is actually stripping both your skin AND hair of natural oils, leaving them more parched than before. Try slightly cooler showers; but if you can’t stand the thought of that, we don’t blame you. Healthy skin habits shouldn’t just stop at your face! Invest in a good body moisturizer, and make sure you are always taking the appropriate measures to rehydrate your skin and hair after hot showers!
Modern humans have become super obsessed with eyebrows, and why not? They help frame the face! But if you’re maintaining those brows at home, when was the last time you sanitized those tweezers…? Sebum, oils, dirt and other grime are being picked up off that brow bone and just being transplanted somewhere else. And if you have the time, press your face with a nice hot towel before your tweezing session to help open up those pores and avoid future ingrown hairs.
5. Drinking Coffee
Does coffee affect skin health? Well…yes, to some degree. But before you start yelling “nooooooo” — wait! There’s a super easy solution! Consuming caffeine itself (you know, the hero of coffee) is a little infamous for drying out skin and magnifying wrinkles, but you can counterbalance those effects by just drinking a cup of water with your favorite coffee. So easy, right? Otherwise, caffeine can actually provide some interesting benefits when applied topically. More on that in a future post!
6. Sleeping in Makeup
Not to be obvious, but…please don’t ever do this. Like, never ever again. If you’re wondering how to get clear skin, this is the fastest way to sabotage yourself. But why is sleeping in makeup bad? Not only does it clog pores, but sleep is the one time a day (night, technically) where our body really works on cell repair and maintenance. Your skin health tries to restore itself while you are sleeping, but that can’t happen when there are mascara flecks and foundation sitting in your pores! ALWAYS execute a proper nighttime routine of eye makeup removal, facial cleansing, and skincare before hitting that pillow. Give your skin restoration a head start!
7. That Pillow Case!!
Speaking of sleep…when was the last time you washed your pillow case? Sometimes we forget to include them in our regular laundry, but think about it: HOURS of oil, sweat, and other dirt are pressed against that thing EVERY night. Even if you sleep mostly on your back, your hair leaves oil and dirt behind as a nice welcoming present for when you do eventually turn your head. Shh…we won’t tell anyone if you run and wash those pillow cases right now.
If your nest question is “Well..how often should i wash my pillow cases?” it should be once a week at a minimum, but every 3~4 days is generally recommended.
8. BONUS! Not Investing in Makeup with Built-In Skin Care Ingredients
Like us! Every Lava Art Compact Cushion is complete with over 10+ botanical extracts specially selected to nurture and nourish your skin health under our famously buildable coverage. The formula is also crafted to be breathable yet long-lasting, as an extra measure to make sure that your pores truly feel happy and healthy from dawn ’till dusk.
Our skincare-focused foundations include calming lavender, acne-fighting peppermint, and antioxidant rich berries, among so many others. Check out the full list of ingredients for either the Glow or Matte formulas to learn more! It’s always important to know just what lives inside your beauty products.
And there you have it! 7 habits that may be compromising your path to more glorious skin health! We hope these tips for better skin inspire you to take better care of your precious pores. Were any of them surprising? Have a story about sleeping in makeup or switching to cooler showers? We would love to hear about it in the comment section below!
Wishing you healthy and happy skin,
– Rose from Lava Art