We all dream of having beautiful glowing skin that is comparable to Jen Aniston or Jessica Alba, but the cold, hard truth is that we mere mortals do not have access to the army of experts that these ladies do. We also do not have the benefit of perfect lighting and occasional retouching care of Photoshop if we happen to have gone too hard the night before. Nope, our skincare is left in our own hands and as much as you may believe you are doing right by your epidermis chances are you’re making a few crucial mistakes. Check out our list of no-no’s to make sure your skin is receiving the care it should; with a little effort you’ll be giving Alba a run for her money in no time…
Sleeping in Makeup
It is so worth that extra 3 minutes it will take to properly clean your face before you hit the sack to ensure you don’t sleep with makeup on. If you don’t, not only are you clogging up your pores with oil, dirt and dead skin cells, but you’re drying out your poor eyelashes by leaving on crusty mascara. Get your butt to the bathroom and clean that crap off – your complexion will thank you.
Not Replacing/Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
Would you use the same towel after showering for months on end without throwing it in the wash? My guess is no, so why would you neglect your makeup applicators? They are covered in old makeup and dead skin cells which you are rubbing all over your clean skin, leading to clogged pores and increased risk of bacterial infections. Use a gentle liquid soap to clear out that gunk and keep your skin germ free.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that this is one of the worst things you can do to your poor skin! We have heard countless warnings and terrifying news stories and so should know better than to expose ourselves to the harmful rays of a tanning bed. And these days there are so many alternatives to get a sunny glow without the risk of premature aging or skin cancer. And if you’re still not convinced, I’m bringing out the big guns…
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, there are a multitude of reasons that you should give up the ciggies. The effects on your skin are endless: smoking breaks down elastic fibres in your skin, yellowing your complexion; speeds up the enzyme responsible for breaking down collagen resulting in sagging; and the action of sucking on a cigarette causes fine wrinkles around your mouth. Good news is, once you quit you will notice a difference in as little as 2 weeks, and over time your skin will likely regain its brightness. No time like the present…
What are some of your skin-saving tips? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.