Nine Ways to Damage Your Skin That Maybe You Don’t Know (Part 2)
Swimmers, beware: “Chlorine can dry out the skin and cause oil glands to overproduce oil,” Wagner says. If you’re a water baby, just be sure to cleanse your skin immediately after a dip in the pool to thoroughly remove any traces of chlorine. Wagner suggests using a mild cleanser followed by moisturizer.
Clean your makeup brushes and spongesCleaning your makeup brushes and sponges is a drag, but Kidd promises that a little diligence goes a long way. “I often hear about girls using the same brush over and over again to apply foundation without ever washing it,” she says. “These tools can harbor bacteria and while they may not be the main cause of your breakouts, they’re certainly not helping.” She recommends quickly rinsing them after every use, if possible.
Excessive sugar can really cause acneIt’s tempting to believe that your diet doesn’t affect your skin at all, but Wagner insists that it does and that most people are stubbornly in denial about it. “Excessive sugar can really cause acne,” she says. “Sugar spikes insulin levels, which leads to more breakouts. We’ve solved a lot of skin issues when people listen and decide to seriously cut sugar out.”
Pay attention to your complexionThis may seem obvious, but many people are automatons when they’re applying their daily cocktail of products. Pay attention to your complexion: Is it changing because of the season? Dried out because you’ve been traveling? Red and irritated thanks to stress or hormone levels? For example, Wagner says, “Everyone has different skin, but almost everyone sees more dryness in the wintertime.”
Bibliography: Tse, T., Care, B. •, & Cortes., P. B. (2016, February 4). 9 Ways You're Effing Up Your Skin & Don't Know It. Retrieved March 09, 2017, from http://www.refinery29.com/common-skin-mistakes
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