5 Bad Habits Sabotaging Your Skin

5 bad habits sabotaging your skin

I’m pretty sure we take great efforts in taking care of our skin. That’s probably why you’re reading this right now. But do you find your skin freaking out despite intense cleansing, thorough exfoliation and rigorous toning with your finest astringent? So frustrating, I know.

It probably wouldn’t occur to you that you’re inadvertently effing up your skin. Shame on you! I kid, but it helps to know you may be doing one of these 5 no-nos and sabotaging your best skin efforts. Take a look.


1. You touch your face–all the time.

My face looks like a wrecking ball...

My face looks like a wrecking ball…

It’s so easy to pass bacteria, the number one breakout inducer, to your face through your hands. Every palm rest, every touch to see how soft your skin is, even scratching of the nose. Think, just think of all the things you touch: door knobs, subway poles, elevator buttons, bathroom light switches. They all just made their way to your face. Even hand washing doesn’t eliminate ALL traces of those gross germs because they can especially linger under the nails. It’s a real hard habit to break, touching the face, because we don’t even realize its being done most times but if you’re prone to acne, breakouts and just angry skin in general, it would be wise to take note and make a conscious effort to quit it.


2. When was the last time you changed your pillowcase?

change your pillowcase

If it was more than a week, its waaaaaaay too long. Pillowcases are grease residue harborers(fake word) especially when you go through your lovely night time skin routine, slather your skin in that fancy luscious cream then hit the pillow. Chances are, some of that cream hadn’t absorbed fully and has now transferred to your nightly head rest. So, do yourself a favor and have a couple pillows in rotation a week. If not, then one week MAX.

Bonus points: Sleep on silk/satin pillows! They prevent face creasing (those annoying lines in your face created by cotton pillows), retain moisture in skin and hair (cotton leeches moisture) and just feels luxurious and cooling.


3. You Don’t Wash Your Makeup Brushes

wash your makeup brushes

Not only does dirty brushes ruin the pigmentation and outcome of your makeup but it gives you a healthy dose of leftover dirt, grime, oil, dead skin cells and old breakout bacteria. All in all, dirty makeup brushes directly leads to acne breakouts giving you a lose/lose situation in the battle of the skin. Now, the washing schedule of your brushes depends on how often you apply. If you apply makeup daily, I say once a week, 2 MAX but that’s just me. Do not, DO NOT go beyond a month for washing your brushes. Even if you aren’t wearing makeup, its collecting dust and dust=dead skin cells. Eww.

Tip: Zote Laundry Soap, a huge block of Mexican washing soap is phenomenal at washing makeup brushes and blending sponges with the swiftness of Speedy Gonzalez. Slices grease and foundation like magic.


4. Not Wiping Your Phone.

5 bad habits sabotaging your skin

According to this article, a cell phone has 18 times more bacteria than a public bathroom. Why? Because a bathroom gets cleaned regularly in the strongest of bleaches and ammonias. Phones, not so much. Then all those germs, makeup, bacteria and even fecal matter that’s smeared on your phone gets and front seat ride right to your face. Whatever your hand touches, your phone touches is the primary rule, the only difference is your hand can be doused in soap and water often while your phone cannot. Here’s whatcha do: As soon as you come in from work, school, outdoor adventures, etc., clean your phone with either a disinfectant cloth or a cotton pad doused in rubbing alcohol. Attack that screen which touches your face and wipe for a clean slate then focus on all the crevices of your phone. Even remove the case. Do this daily. Clean phone, clean face.


5. Your Love of Cheese, Milk, Yogurt, Ice Cream…

dairy causes acne

There are multiple studies in the correlation between acne and dairy. Just type it in and you’ll see the dozens and dozens…and dozens of articles that show the effects of cow secretions on breakouts and people who have saved their skin by eliminating that devilish ingredient.

Milk causes acne because

  • There is abundance of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne (and the ugly redness and swelling that makes acne so annoying).
  • Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
  • Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to – you guessed it! – more clogged pores, more acne, and a breeding ground for P. acnes bacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
  • Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne).

Even WebMD claims its one of the worst foods for complexion and this young lady found skin salvation in removing dairy from her diet to cure her cystic acne after years of dermatology, prescription topical drugs and headache. She couldn’t believe how simple the answer was.


So if you find yourself having trouble skin, are you practicing these bad habits? If so check yo self before you wreck yo skin!



Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

The queen of perfect skin--Megan Good

The queen of perfect skin–Megan Good

I’m 26 years of age currently. That’s not old, right? Well as I near closer to 30, I’ve been entranced by a new obsession–skin care (my obsessions comes in waves).

Knowing “black don’t crack” just isn’t cutting it for me and since I’m also making a resolution to practice simpler makeup techniques, glowing, plump, smooth and flawless skin is a must. I want to have that lit from within look. That “wow, what do you do?” skin. That, eternally youthful look and my goal to do whatever I can to attain it.

Now, I have really good skin. It’s relatively clear, the texture is pretty good, its soft and my complexion is overall clear. But always, there’s room for improvement. Here’s what I want or would like to improve:

  • Skin evenness. I have a bit of hyper pigmentation around my mouth area and a dark spot here or there from old blemishes
  • Texture. My skin needs some smoothing. Sloughing off dead skin is necessary
  • Dryness. I have combination skin so I have a super oily T-zone (forehead & nose) and dry face perimeter. This winter is really kicking my skins ass
  • Pores. I can see them! They need some clearing, vacuuming, suctioning…etc.
  • Clarity. I want really bright and dewy skin. My skin is looking pretty dull nowadays and getting a lack of sleep isn’t helping (thanks Avery)

So I’ve been going HAM on Sephora’s website filling my basket with products I’m coveting for clear, beautiful glowing skin and I’m just waiting for my big paycheck to grab a few skin care regimen essential basics to really start and more importantly STICK to a solid skin care regimen.

First off, cleanser. What I’m looking for is a product to thoroughly clear out dirt, makeup and oil without stripping my skin. I think I found it in the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. With over 9000 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars, it’s worth a purchase.  Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

Next up is an exfoliator to remove dead skin and improve skin texture and tone. I’ve sung the praises of daily exfoliation in a past post but you don’t hear me though! Exfoliating (and often) is a game changer. Out of all the goodies I’ve seen on Sephora, a few stood out. I’ve been plotting and scheming on this Skin Inc. Revival Peel which is a “revolutionary non-abrasive peel that visibly but gently removes dullness and dead skin cells. It preps skin to maximize absorption of nutrients from your daily skincare products and acts like a dynamic primer to create the perfect canvas for your makeup.” Swoon. They have a bundle set which includes the brands serum and mask, all of which I’m dying to try. It’s pricey coming in at ninety bucks but I. Do. Not. Care. Great Skin comes at a price.

Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

I also want a mechanical exfoliator. You know, the one with the little shells or beads and the Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub stood out as a customer favorite with practically 5 stars.

Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

A mask is a necessary luxury. You use them to fine tune your skin depending on need. Whether it be moisture, pore cleansing, brightening, smoothing. I love my homemade mask of Aztec Healing Bentonite Clay. It deep cleanses further than your daily cleanser and resets skin but I saw the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, I wanted it like…yesterday. It claims to clear debris from pores and dissolve impurities thus, shrinking pores for a flawless canvas. Charcoal is trending right now in beauty so keep an eye out!

Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

I’m lusting after that Skin Inc. serum included in that bundle but even further, on the Skin Inc. website, they have a skin quiz where they personalize a custom serum for your skin needs! Dying! I cannot wait. Serum is just concentrated goodness delivered to your skin to literally drink and slurp up and benefit from all those nutrients.

I have my eyes on a few moisturizers but a couple stand out: belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb which floods the skin with moisture for plump dewiness which is so needed for my skin. It feels so tight and dry lately. And then, there’s the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter which, oh my word, is so luxurious and nourishing but a whopping $40 for 1.7 oz. Ouch but I can imagine the delivery of goodness that’ll deliver. Le sigh.

Upping My Skin Care Regimen for 2016

I’m still on the look out for a good dark spot treatment for old blemishes.

Right now, I’m going to knock one of those items off my lust list by copping the Philosophy Cleanser but its a set which includes the famous cleanser, the brands microdelivery peel that “rapidly resurfaces the skin as it replenishes it with vitamin C. The Microdermabrasion Peel gives a complete skin makeover in just three minutes. This revolutionary dual phase treatment rapidly replenishes with skin-brightening vitamin c and skin-firming peptides to help smooth rough texture, even skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines.” Then topping it off with their Hope in a Jar moisturizer. Getting this baby at Macy’s.

And most importantly, I’ve been drinking water like a fish! Water is the end all be all when it comes to healthy skin, healthy body healthy hair and is the foundation to youthfulness. Most people do not drink enough water and it’s not easy to fill your recommended quota but if changing your inside and outside is your goal, it should be your job. I drink 3 liters a day. About a gallon of water roughly–give or take. A good rule of thumb for water intake for any individual would be take your weight, cut it in half, and viola, your ounces. Challenge yourself. Its an awesome feeling to know that you’re truly hydrated. Organs work smoothly, body smells fresher and, of course, the skin from head to toe with just become as plump as a baby’s.

Wish me the best on my skin care ventures! I’ll keep you updated.

Update: I ended up purchasing the Philosophy Cleanser and the Ole Henriksen Walnut Scrub from Sephora. I don’t know why I almost strayed from my lust list.


C Marie