10 Things That Are Damaging Your Skin from 10 Things That Are Damaging Your Skin

10 Things That Are Damaging Your Skin

Everyone wants to know the secrets to healthy skin – how to keep it looking young and refreshed. Aging is a process we all want to avoid, no one wants to appear older, everyone wants to look younger and more vibrant.

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There are many things you can do to prevent the signs of aging, while there are also things you may be doing that are damaging your skin.

Without realizing it, you may be harming your complexion. Over exfoliating irritates your skin, rubbing your eyes causes dark circles to appear, and stress makes your skin oily, which causes acne.

Continue reading to find out more things that are damaging your skin.

Chlorine

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Chlorine is one of the most man-made chemicals in America; it’s used in pools, cleaners and to treat drinking water. When your skin comes into contact with chlorine it strips its natural oils, causing your skin to become dry and crack.

 

Dehydration

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Approximately 60 percent of your body is made up of water. After consuming water, it reaches the other organs in your body and then the skin. Dehydration will lead to tight, dry and flaky skin. Therefore, it’s important to constantly consume water throughout the day.

Over Exfoliating

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Exfoliating is great for your skin; it removes dead skin cells on the skins surface. However, you should never exfoliate more than four times per week. Doing so will result in dry, red or irritated skin.

Rubbing Your Eyes

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The area surrounding your eyes is very fragile and the blood vessels can be easily broken by rubbing. This may cause dark circles to appear and in some cases, damage to your cornea. Also, make sure that your hands are always clean; rubbing your eyes with dirty hands may spread bacteria that can cause eye infections.

Lack of Sleep

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Sleep is essential for your skin; lack of sleep affects the moisture levels, can worsen existing skin conditions, cause dark circles under your eyes, make you look tired, and speed up the aging process.

Not Removing Makeup

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It’s important to remember to remove your makeup before bed. Not doing so will cause a layer of dirt to form on your skin, ultimately resulting in acne and other skin related issues.

Stress

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Have you ever noticed, when you are stressed out you tend to break out more? Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes your skin more reactive and sensitive, according to WebMD. It causes your body to produce cortisol, which in turn makes your skin more oily. Oily skin is more prone to skin problems, including acne.

Forgetting Sunscreen

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Summer is here, and while you think that you only need to wear sunscreen when you are at the beach, you’re wrong. You should wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors. It protects your skin against wrinkles and loss of elasticity which is caused by the sun, a process known as photoaging.

Showering in Hot Water

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Although long, hot showers are nice and relaxing, they are damaging your skin. The heat from the water removes your skins oil barrier, which in turn causes itchy and dry skin. Research has shown that cold showers can help reduce the appearance of acne.

Popping Pimples

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You woke up in the morning, looked at yourself in the mirror and noticed a zit. Whatever you do, do not pop it. Pimples occur due to dead skin cells and bacteria. When you squeeze it, you run the risk of worsening the blemish, or worse, leaving a scar.