Bad Beauty Habits That Are Ageing Your Skin

We’re all guilty of skipping a step in our routine here or adding one there, even when you shouldn’t (um, squeezing pimples anyone?). Unfortunately, not looking after our skin properly can quickly lead to it looking aged and older than you really are.

A number of skin concerns contribute to the aged look of skin including loss of elasticity or sagging, pigmentation and dark spots as well as fine lines, wrinkles, irregular texture and dullness.

Generally speaking, the more dehydrated and unprotected your skin is, the more susceptible it is to damage that causes signs of ageing. And yes, you guessed it, your bad beauty habits are what’s causing that damage.

Here’s what you should avoid doing…

  1. Washing your face under the shower

I love utilising the steaminess of an in-shower cleanse but you should never turn your face toward the water and let it stream directly onto your face, neck or chest. The heat combined with the strength of the water stream is too harsh for the delicate skin in these areas and can cause redness, broken capillaries and a loss of volume.

  1. Sleeping in your makeup

Does anyone still do this?! Your skin needs time to breathe, reset and let all of your skin cells do that cool renewing thing they do. Not only can your makeup clog your pores and stop your skin from breathing, but failing to cleanse also means you’re missing the chance to remove toxins that build up from things like pollution and city grime. At the very least, use a face wipe to remove your makeup and pop on some moisturiser before sleeping.

  1. Exfoliating too often

Although exfoliating is proven to be one of the most effective treatments for a host of skin concerns, exfoliating too often can have an adverse effect on your skin. It can quickly lead to dryness, over-exposure to sunlight that cause pigmentation and fine lines and can also trick your skin cells into being a little lazy and failing to regenerate and renew on their own. Sticking to a routine of 2-3 exfoliating sessions a week is best.

  1. Being too rough

We all love our gadgets and gizmos but your face can only take so much. Pulling, tugging, over massaging and especially rubbing too hard when you’re removing your eye makeup pushes the skin around too much and can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. There are plenty of cleansers and exfoliants that do the job of those vibrating and scrubbing tools and when using things like jade rollers, slowly and gently works best.

  1. Skipping your eye cream

It’s easy to ignore eye cream when you don’t have any fine lines around your eyes to treat but it’s a huge mistake to miss this step in your routine. The thin and delicate skin around your eyes doesn’t have oil glands the same as other areas so it doesn’t hold moisture quite as well. Less moisture leads to dehydrated skin and your eye area can quickly look crepey and lined. Eye cream is as much of a preventive step as it is a treatment.

  1. Failing to treat your neck and chest

Both of these areas are often highly exposed to sunlight, one of the biggest causes of aged looking skin, and the skin here is just as delicate as that on our face. You should be treating both your neck and chest the same way you do your face, otherwise you may find that these areas look older and therefore make your face appear less healthy.

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