Skin is the most noticeable asset one has at one look. Infants have skin that glows and looks young and new. However, as we grow, our skin tends to get exposed to harmful chemicals, and some changes brought about by puberty and the normal aging process. Also, it aggravates to have developed several skin habits that are harmful to the skin.
1. Touching the face often and picking on the zits- Our hands and fingertips are considered as one of the dirtiest parts of the body as we use them very often in any activities that we do. Touching the face more than twice during the morning and night while taking a bath of washing it promotes the transfer of the dirt and the microorganisms from the hands to the face. This may cause infections and for those with open pores and pimples already, may contribute to the development of pustular break outs.
2. Using a harsh cleanser- Many people, more especially women believe that the more expensive the facial cleanser is, the better it is for the skin. One should pay more attention to the ingredients in every cleanser that he/she uses. Chemicals like alcohol, SD-40, may cause skin dryness and irritation to acne prone skin.
3. Exfoliating the skin more than 3 times a week.- Today, many believe that bead exfoliants remove dead skin cells leaving it glowing when used. Also, some chemicals in toners like AHA (alpha-hydroxyacids) and Glycolic acids can minimize fine lines and wrinkles. While this is true, overuse of bead exfoliating cleansers more than 3x/week and overuse of exfoliating creams may leave the skin thin, red and inflamed.
4. Overly Moisturizing- Our skin needs moisture for it not to dry up. Natural moisture comes from the fluids that we take and the humidity of the environment. For those who have dry skin, minimal moisturizer should be applied as over-moisturizing with the creams may clog and congest the pores, leaving the skin unable to breathe.
5.Using expired and old beauty products- Expired beauty products do not have a guarantee of safety and effectiveness. Old beauty products have to be avoided since bacterial contamination must have taken place already as usually, hands are the common applicator of those. Throw away any unconsumed beauty products after 6 to 9 months from the first use.