Top 10 Things to Damage Your Skin

The largest organ in the body is your skin. Your skin gets a lot of abuse throughout the day with sun, wind, environmental factors and more. If you’re skimping on your skin care, you’re putting your skin at risk for serious damage.

If you want to preserve your skin, these are some things you should avoid at all times:

1. Overexposure

In the 1970s people through that a deep dark tan was the way to go. They’d spend hours out of doors sunning and slathering oils on their skin to encourage a deep dark tan. Unfortunately for them, they were wrong. Studies have shown that overexposure to the sun can cause premature aging and even skin cancer.

It’s best to avoid the sun and prevent serious skin damage. The less damage to your skin the less the effects of aging and the less the potential to skin cancer.

2. Using Too Little Sunscreen

The recommendations on sunscreen are to apply at least 1 ounce of SPF 30 or more to your skin several every two hours throughout the day. Apply more often if you’re in and out of the water or in a lot of sun. Always wear protective clothing to protect your skin from the sun. Protective clothing includes hats, long sleeves, long pants or skirts and even the tops of your feet if lying in the sun (bottoms of feet if lying on the stomach). It’s better to be overprotective than under protective when in the sun.

3. Avoid The Tanning Beds

Many people mistakenly think that a tanning bed is safer than being out in the sun. Tanning beds lull the user into a false sense of security. The burst of ultraviolet A and B light can cause just as much damage, if not more to the skin. Avoid tanning beds if you hope to keep your skin looking youthful and if you hope to avoid skin cancer.


smoking damages Skin4. Smoking

While everyone knows the health risks of smoking in this day and age, many don’t realize that it can also lead to wrinkles and premature aging. There have been extensive studies done on smoking and skin care. Smoking causes the skin to yellow over time and it interferes with the skins blood supply. Smoking can also slow down the time for a wound to heal.

5. Wrong Cleansers

Harsh soaps and chemicals make for tender delicate skin to become wrinkled and damaged. Use a mild facial cleanser or a mild soap on your skin especially if your skin is sensitive. If you’re prone to acne use a cleanser that is designed for your skin and is oil free and non comedogenic. If your skin is drier use a thin layer of lotion to seal in moisture after you wash  your face.

6. Scrubbing

While it’s a great idea to wash your face morning and night, it’s not a great idea to scrub your skin. Tender facial skin can easily be irritated or damaged by harsh scrubbing, it can also make acne worse. Use a soft cloth and a circular motion to best clean your skin.

7. Don’t Squeeze That Pimple

You look in the mirror and see that pimple about to burst looking back at you. It’s an almost irresistible urge to reach up and pinch it until it pops open. Don’t you do it. Popping that pimple can do one of several things including scar your face, cause the acne to spread to other pores in your face and it can create an infection. If you feel you must pop, use an over the counter cream that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

stress8.  Stress

Yes, stress can create skin problems including breakouts. Though it’s not fully understood, if you’re stressed, your skin will show it. Try to avoid stress as much as possible. Conditions like psoriasis and rosacea can greatly improve if you reduce your stress levels.

9. Overdoing It

Too much of a good thing can cause many skin issues. Those chemical peels that are supposed to make you more youthful can backfire if you have them done too often. That microdermabrasion can be overdone if you’re not wary. Follow your dermatologists instructions and go easy on your skin.

10. Weight Gain

If you overeat, your skin must stretch to accommodate those new pounds you’re packing on. If you lose those new pounds, your skin will be stretched and saggy. This can be very difficult to firm up.

Source: WebMD


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