If only my skin could stay young and supple without blemish or spot for the rest of my life. Sounds like wishful thinking? Well it is to a certain extent, the older we get the more effort needs to be expended in order to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. This is not a process that only movie stars or pop idols need to do because of their jobs, but it is something the ordinary person can do to ensure that their skin is as elastic and fresh as possible. After all, the skin is the largest organ your body has, and if you can treat it with care it will reward you with youthful looks way into your dotage.
Only problem is, we do several things to the skin that encourages wrinkles and discoloration. Here are some skincare mistakes to avoid so that the skin can be fresh and young way up into your old age:
1. Being “Touchy Feel-y” With Your Skin
Don’t pick at your blemishes, burst your pimples, or otherwise touch your skin with dirty hands. What will happen is that you break down the follicle wall of your skin and cause bacteria to spread. This irritation is not good for skin. Treat pimples without squeezing them and make a conscious effort not to touch your skin, especially if you were handling things that are not good for skin, like synthetic dyes.
2. Skipping Moisturizer
Moisturizing is a two edged sword. On one hand, it is very important to moisturize your skin because it helps your skin to maintain elasticity and acts as a protective barrier against the elements and will shield your skin from toxins. On the other hand, over-moisturizing, especially with creams or heavy moisturizers, can cause your pores to be clogged and essentially cause breakouts in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to moisturize internally, which involves eating essential fatty acids like avocado and drinking water. Use natural moisturizers like avocado and banana for supple skin.
3. Not Enough Sleep
In this regard, your skin tells all. Not getting enough sleep, especially for extended periods of time, shows via your skin. You see, skin repairs itself at night, while you are resting; your body is busy repairing. When you skimp on the sleep, your complexion will suffer.
4. Not Washing Off Makeup
Do not under any circumstances allow this to happen to you on a regular basis. If no washing off makeup is a practice of yours, discontinue it now. The problems caused from not washing off your make up at night will show up in your skin very quickly in the form of wrinkles and breakouts. This is especially true if you use oil based makeup, which can clog the pores.
5. Over Exfoliating
We hear that we need to exfoliate our skin but can too much exfoliating be done? The answer is yes. Exfoliating skin too much can cause your skin to become dried out and wrinkled, as the natural oils that your body produces won’t get a chance to stay on your skin. Once or twice per week for exfoliating is best and you can always exfoliate with natural ingredients, thus ensuring that the skin does not become exposed unnecessarily to chemicals, which can be found in the commercial preparations.