All the articles, blog posts and Instagram posts nowadays tell us what to do, what to buy and what works for what. Perhaps you’ll disagree, but personally, I feel overwhelmed by all the to-do lists out there! Funnily enough, I think I got so used to them that I began to write similar posts here on the blog. That is about to change ♥ and I’m sure you’re all super excited right now!
Let’s face it we all have bad habits, whether it’s eating or skincare or addictive substances. What we do on daily basis reflects on our overall health and consequently overall beauty, like our skin for example.
So what are the sins that affect our health and beautiful complexion?
Washing your face too much is sin no.1. Going overboard can do more harm than good. If you strip your skin of its natural oils you leave it vulnerable to aggressors and pollutants and you don’t want that. Similarly, do not over-exfoliate, it does the same evil and might irritate your skin.
Sounds yuck! And I can imagine some of you twitching in front of your screens right now but, in reality, most of us do it. And we definitely shouldn’t. Do not touch your skin, as blasting breakouts can actually irritate your skin and make the zit stay around for much longer than you’d like.
There is one thing that is really bad and I cannot stress it enough, that is sin no.3 not using your sunscreen. And even when we do use it, we neglect to apply it to our neck and chest, which are actually among the first areas of the skin to show the signs of ageing. Not only SPF protects your skin but it also slows down the ageing of the skin.
Not sleeping enough and going to bed with your makeup on are sins no.4 and 5. Let’s start with those of you who neglect the importance of sleep. First of all your skin is greatly affected by the lack of sleep. It looks dull and your fine lines are more visible. However, when you’re not sleeping enough you’re messing with your circadian rhythm, and that can lead to many health issues, as it influences hormone release, eating habits, digestion, body temperature and other important bodily functions. So ladies and gentlemen, sleep!
And as for sleeping with your makeup on, it stops your skin from breathing. Consequently, your pores are clogged, you’re more likely to have breakouts and the worst thing of all is that by not removing your makeup you will actually have a direct impact on how your skin looks in 10-20 years time. To put it simply, skin that is not breathing properly is more likely to age sooner. So, after applying all the cosmetics, makeup, and exposing your skin to pollution and other external factors, just make sure you clean it well enough so you don’t have to worry about any of the above.
NO to Yo-yo
And by Yo-yo I don’t mean ‘Hey’, rather I’m referring to your eating habits. We all want to be fit and slim and beautiful … but to be all that you need to eat regularly and have a balanced diet. If you continue to eat less then more and gain and lose weight without having proper eating habits you might experience a so-called Yo-yo effect. It is not only bad for your health but it will also affect the appearance of your skin which may become rigid and saggy.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy but for the overall health and wellbeing of your body and skin, it is worth it. Smoking causes dull, sallow and dry-looking complexion and there isn’t a whole lot of things you can do to remedy that. It damages the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which accelerated the signs of skin ageing. Also, it narrows blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, which impairs the blood flow to those areas.
Sin no.8 is skipping your yearly mole check. We should all have our moles checked at least once per year. Skin cancer detected in its early stages can be treatable, so neglecting to monitor your skin from head to toe every month and not booking an appointment with your dermatologist may be considered a crime. And yeah, on that point, do not try to self-examine or look for answers on the internet.
I really hope that some of you did not find anything here that you could relate to, but if you did, that’s fine, I get it. Just try to think of different ways of breaking away from these bad habits, for your own benefit. Maybe you need someone to encourage you? Well, I’m here! So feel free to drop in a message.
Till next time beauties!