As women, we all want beautiful and radiant skin. Invisible pores, non-puffy eyes with the ultimate perfection of a wrinkle and blemish-free appearance. We buy hundreds of beauty products, drink as much water as we can bare, and often go to the extreme of spending a ton of money on facial services. Here are 7 helpful tips that I’m sure most of us have ignored in the past. Small things that you should be aware of to maintain healthy, flawless skin.
I know it’s tempting. But squeezing a pimple just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores. This causes inflammation, infection and scarring. Not only all of that, but it will more than likely double the zit’s life span. Here’s what you should do: “Use a spot treatment with no more than 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide at night, and reapply it to major zits in the morning. Try Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment For persistent acne, a prescription retinoid, such as Retin-A, helps prevent blocked pores—but doctors warn it can exacerbate the redness of existing pimples, so avoid slathering it over full-blown ones.”
If you are prone to acne, your face will overreact to a day’s worth of makeup and oil buildup. This can lead to clogged pores and zits. “Your body temperature increases slightly when you sleep, which can enhance absorption of whatever’s on the surface,” Make sure you clean your face thoroughly and put only enriching products on before bed.
Staying Up Late
“Sleep deprivation causes stress, which can aggravate all skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis,” says Karyn Grossman, a dermatologist in Santa Monica and New York City. “Sleep is also the time when your body repairs the damage from the day, and interrupting that process will slow down cell turnover.” In the short term, this can mess with the way blood flows to the skin, which can make your complexion sallow.
It’s time to quit! Smoking will not only damage your health, but you’ll notice more and more deep wrinkles and blotchier skin tone. It’s a fact that every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age, according to research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Drinking Too Much
Sorry to interrupt your party, but drink more than one cocktail a day, and your skin will show it. “Alcohol increases the level of inflammatory agents in the bloodstream—which can hasten skin sagging over time,” says Fredric Brandt, NYC dermatologist.
Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
Washing your face means nothing if you don’t wash your makeup brushes. Bacteria and oil lives on your brushes and will find its way directly into your pores. Once every three weeks, lather brushes with a gentle shampoo such as Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, rinse well, and let them dry overnight or use wipes.
A Clean Phone
Resting your face on a dirty phone screen is just as bad as wiping a dirty hand across your forehead. “Just leaning your face against it can cause friction, occlusion, and heat, all of which can make you break out,” says Bay Area dermatologist Katie Rodan. Use antibacterial wipes throughout the day or consider getting a headpiece to avoid cell phone breakouts.
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