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.
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?
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
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.
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…
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.
- 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!