8 Things That Are Sabotaging Your Skin and Causing Breakouts
Stop Sabotaging Your Skin.
You go through a 10 minute skincare routine each night, CHECK. You own every anti-aging skincare product there is, CHECK. You are always trying the latest trends, CHECK. CHECK.
So WHY are you still getting wrinkles and those annoying breakouts?
I’m not here to lecture you on fast food or convince you to give up The Bachelor in Paradise and wine nights. (Because who can do that?). Today we talk about those sneaky, everyday things that are doing harm to your skin without you even realizing it.
We all know the major culprits by now. Tanning, alcohol, sugar, stress, smoking, not getting enough zzzs, dehydration, and I know you are all washing your face before bed each night. But what about the small, everyday things we don’t even think about that may be doing the most damage over time?
Here’s a list of how you may be damaging your skin without even realizing it:
- Diet: You could be feeding an allergy and not realize it. Try eliminating the top most common food allergens —gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. You may find it helpful to journal what you eat, in order to see what your triggers may be. For example, if you notice a pimple the day after you eat cheese.)
- Over-Washing/Over-Exfoliating: It may seem like a good idea, but you could be doing more harm than good. Over-washing and exfoliating can strip the skin of its good oils, diminish its own natural protective barrier, and lead to skin inflammation, leaving your skin red and irritated rather than smooth and radiant. Try using a gentle wash or switching to oils (natural, simple ingredients).
- You Haven’t Changed Your Routine Since College: Your skin’s needs change with each season and we need to adapt. Your skin may be oily in the summer and dry in the winter, so a light moisturizer may not be cutting it anyone.
- Using Too Many Products: “But Sephora just launched a new line that I must try!” Trust me, I get it. We are all constantly searching for the best beauty routine. If your face is getting red and flaky constantly, you are overdoing it. Think soothing. Speak with your doctor or aesthetician and find the routine that works for you and stick to it.
- Your Cell Phone: No, I’m not saying get off your phone. It’s 2016, I know that’s not possible. But I am saying to pay attention. People forget about this one all the time. Your phone is covered in bacteria and you do not want that resting on your face. Ever notice some people have breakouts where they hold their phone? Not cute, and easy to solve. Just use wipes to wipe down your screen and make it a point to avoid resting the phone on your face, use speakerphone, earbuds, etc.
- Your Pillowcase: Let’s start by saying you are already getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Sleep & drinking water are my two biggest beauty tips. They call it beauty sleep for a reason people! Pillowcases accumulate residue, so be sure to wash your your pillowcase at least once a week. Also, pressing your face into a pillow each night can cause wrinkles, so I hope you are a back sleeper. If possible, swap out your cotton for satin or silk pillowcases. You will see the difference.
- Your Makeup Brushes: Dust, dirt, oil, bacteria and dead cells collect on your brush daily (gross). To help keep your brushes clean, it is important to rinse them with warm water at least once a week. Think about it.
- Unhealthy Gut: But the gut is so far away from the skin? Your skin is a vital (and largest) functioning organ, let’s remember that. Taking a probiotic supplement daily is highly recommended to help optimize your body’s good bacteria.
I hope this article is helpful for anyone that is still struggling with those annoying breakouts. I know how frustrating acne can be, we need all the help we can get in our daily lives. Make sure to keep an eye out for these sneaky factors. Let me know your tips for keeping your skin clear and blemish-free below.
Also, if you missed it, check out my latest blog article on How to Finally Get Rid of Acne.