There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to achieving flawless, bright, blemish-free skin, as well as multiple different skin types, some of which require specific products, and also the role that genetics plays. However, there are some bad lifestyle habits that could be having a huge effect on your skin.
We asked the experts at Transform Hospital Group for some information and they provided some of the habits that can affect your skin the most and provided top tips on what to do to avoid these issues.
This image shows what can happen to your skin with prolonged exposure to the sun without using SPF.
It’s very important to use SPF all year round, at least factor 30. If your face is exposed to sunlight and UV rays it can cause premature ageing in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and sag.
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleeping and not drinking enough water leads to more pronounced under-eye bags and your skin can dry out. Having a good nighttime routine can really change up your skin, taking the time to remove makeup and wind down for the night means that you’ll probably sleep better.
Getting enough sleep is very important for your skin because while you’re sleeping your skin repairs itself from the wear and tear of the day. Skipping rest can give you more pronounced under-eye bags, increase the signs of ageing, and dry out your skin. Another cause of dry skin is dehydration. Dehydration is caused by not drinking enough water and/or regularly drinking too much alcohol and caffeine.
Smoking can also seriously impact your skin and body. Try to quit smoking as this is most beneficial for your skin and overall health. Research the best steps to take and find a guide and support system to help you.
Smoking can cause a dull and dry complexion. It also damages your skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which can result in sagging. Long-time smokers also typically develop wrinkles earlier because nicotine causes your blood vessels to narrow – depriving your skin of oxygen. Continued pursing of the lips can also cause pronounced lines around your mouth.
A poor diet can also affect your skin, eating too many refined carbohydrates, which are commonly found in junk food causes a spike in your blood sugar level, triggering insulin. Too much insulin stimulates oil-producing hormones and can cause hormonal imbalances, leading to clogged pores, breakouts, and irritation.
You don’t have to cut out junk food completely to look after your skin, but make sure you eat unhealthy foods in moderation. If you have a sweet tooth satisfy this craving with a piece of fruit instead.
Over-exfoliating (both physical and chemical) can damage the barrier of your skin and strip away natural oils, leading to your skin becoming less likely to retain moisture. This can, in turn, lead to dry and flaky skin which is more sensitive and more likely to break out, as well as more visible fine lines. Signs of over-exfoliation are a shiny face, sensitive skin (red, itchy) and breakouts.
When faced with any breakouts you must leave them to heal on their own. Squeezing spots can push bacteria further into your skin or transfer it to other areas, causing inflammation and irritation. Picking at healing spots also increases the likelihood of scarring, meaning that you’re doing more long-term damage.
Exfoliate no more than three times a week and look at your skincare ingredients to make sure you aren’t using multiple acids (AHAs/BHAs/PHAs, vitamin c, retinol) in your daily routine. If you’re breaking out use a spot treatment like Salicylic Acid to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. If the temptation to squeeze your spots is too strong, cover it with a spot sticker treatment that stops you from touching the skin.