Your skincare routine might be perfectly tailored to meet all of your skin’s needs, but there is still the possibility that some mistakes you’ve been making unknowingly get between you and a flawless complexion.
From eating the same breakfast every morning to applying sunscreen only when you’re outdoors, there are some less obvious causes of irritating breakouts or premature wrinkles.
We decided to dig into this topic and gather some surprising habits that may be sabotaging your skin.
Bad Habits That Are Harming Your Skin
You Eat Oatmeal For Breakfast Every Day
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Having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. But if you consume it on a daily basis, you may unknowingly be damaging your body and skin.
When you eat oatmeal too often, you are depriving your body of other essential nutrients, which in turn can lead to malnutrition and make your skin dry and flaky.
You Take Long Showers
Taking a long steam bath is a great way to wake up in the morning, especially when it’s cold outside. But the habit of doing this every day could be sabotaging your goals for healthy skin.
Hot water damages the protective layer of the skin that retains the necessary moisture, accelerating the aging process.
And if you’re washing your face in the shower to save time in the morning rush, you could be damaging the capillaries in your face because the hot water causes them to dilate.
You Drink Coffee First Thing In The Morning
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Many people cannot imagine their mornings without a hot cup of coffee, and besides being delicious, coffee can really benefit your skin. But if you drink it every day even before you eat breakfast, it could do your skin more harm than good.
Coffee is a powerful diuretic, which means it can leave you a bit dehydrated. This, in turn, will make it harder for the skin to rid itself of toxins from the body and leave it more exposed to premature wrinkles.
You Apply Sunscreen Only When The Sun Is Out
Sunscreen helps protect your skin when you’re outdoors in the summer, but applying it even if you’re indoors all day can prevent skin aging. Although the glass used in cars, homes, and office windows blocks most UVB rays, it still does not protect your skin from harmful UVA rays.
So even if you work in an office all day and don’t spend a lot of time outside, it’s best to apply sunscreen to help your skin stay younger longer.
You Stick To The Same Skin Care Routine
When you run out in the morning, it’s easier to grab the same facial cleanser and moisturizer that you used the night before. While buying creams and masks that work for your skin type is definitely convenient, using the same products every day doesn’t help your skin at all.
To help your skin look and feel better, dermatologists recommend changing your skincare routine with the seasons and switching from an exfoliating cleanser to a gentler one as the weather cools.
You Use The Wrong Face Wash
If you’ve ever noticed that your face looks oily when you wake up, there is a scientific explanation for this. Your body loses water during the night and, as a way to prevent dehydration, begins to produce more sebum, causing you to wake up with an oily face.
But even if you can’t stand oil and want your face to look matte, don’t use harsh formula cleansers. It is best to wash your face with lukewarm water with a mild cleanser and apply moisturizer before drying.
Have you made any of these mistakes? Do you have any morning beauty hacks you’d like to share with other Bright Siders?