Clear, flawless, radiant skin. Sounds like a dream, or perhaps a nightmare for dermatologists who would be out of work. But who doesn't want luminous skin without the need for thick cover up, Instagram filters, and movie set-level lighting?
Skin issues are extremely common, and seemingly innocent things we do or subject ourselves to can be the cause for a less-than-perfect complexion. These 5 skin-wreckers are avoidable, so make some simple changes in your life to reveal the skin you've always wanted. Botox and seaweed wraps not required.
1. Falling Asleep with Makeup On
Nearly every gal (and a fella here and there) has fallen asleep after a long night with a face-full of eyeliner, blush, and foundation. Sure, you may look like a sleeping beauty, but over time, the habit of not washing your face before bedtime will start to wear on your skin.
According to Good Housekeeping, "Falling asleep with your makeup on can lead to bacterial infections and clogged pores, which can cause acne. And, the residue that stays on your pillow can even make you sick."
If you're the type to flop right in bed before cleansing, at least keep some makeup remover wipes on your nightstand and do a quick swipe prior to drifting off. Your skin will thank you in the morning.
2. Scorching Showers
A steamy hot shower may feel soothing and relaxing, especially on a cold winter day, but a too hot shower is terrible for your skin. Too many of these scorchers will leave your skin dry and flaky, which can be unsightly and painful.
According to Prevention, "Hot water can strip skin of essential moisture and oils, leaving it red and itchy. This can worsen already dry skin, aggravate conditions like eczema and rosacea, and—since itching can lead to scratching—put you at risk for infection."
Opt for a cooler shower—lukewarm to warm—and keep your time in there to a minimum. You'll start to notice smoother, supple skin with less blotchiness and peeling. Apply lotion when you get out of the shower for even softer, more touchable skin. Shower yourself in moisture!
We all know how important it is to keep well-hydrated, but did you know one reason is for the health of our skin? The skin is an organ, after all, and it needs water as much as our internal organs do in order to function and look well.
Good Housekeeping notes, "Hydrating yourself daily will not only help to fight off aging, but also give your skin a healthy glow."
Sip more water and see those fine lines plump up and feel how your skin seems a whole lot softer. And don't forget, alcohol can be dehydrating, so limit your boozing and drink a glass of water with every alcoholic beverage to keep balanced. Cheers to better skin!
Stress is harmful to the body on the inside—think headaches, stomach issues, and heart problems—but it can affect how we look, too. The skin can suffer from too much stress as well, causing zits, rashes, and wrinkling. Oh my!
As per Cosmopolitan, "Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you're prone to, whether it's acne, psoriasis, or eczema. When it comes to acne, stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress can also disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. That can then show up on your skin in the form of acne."
Try to relax as much as possible and keep in tune with your emotions before they get the best of you.
5. Skipping Sleep
A poor night's sleep may have you feeling like a zombie, but too much missed sleep and you'll start to look like one too!
As per WebMD, "Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. When you don't get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic."
Get a good 7-8 hours per night to mend the skin overnight and look well-rested and well-maintained come morning. Don't let your bad skin be what keeps you up at night!