Your skin is often one of the first things someone notices about you. And since it’s the most visible part of your body it’s often hard to hide if you have skin issues or damage. While there are some skin conditions you simply can’t help – there are a lot of general things that we do on an everyday basis that can have a negative impact on our skin.
In today’s post I ‘d like to share with you some of the mistakes I see people making when it comes to their skin. Mistakes that if corrected can help you’re skin look it’s best for many years to come.
#1 Washing Your Hands Too Often –
Yes. It’s important to wash your hands, especially during flu season. But there is such a thing as washing too much. There are protective oils on your skin and hands that protects them from the elements. Whenever you wash your hands you’re stripping these protective oils away and essentially drying your hands out. This is compounded when you use harsh anti-bacterial soaps and hard water as well.
If you’re in an industry that demands that you wash your hands all the time, try to avoid using harsh soaps and be sure to use a moisturizer whenever you are able to restore the hydration to your skin.
#2 Not Moisturizing Enough –
As part of what was mentioned in number 1 – you need to be sure that you’re moisturizing your skin regularly. Moisturizer is something everyone requires and should be used year-round. It’s not just the winter when you should be using moisturizer it’s the summer too. In the winter dryness is common due to the season which can make skin feel tight and start to flake. But in the summer we’re often in air conditioning that can have the same drying effect.
Using moisturizing lotions relieves these concerns and gives skin flexibility, elasticity, and replenishes hydration. The biggest tell-tale sign when you’re not using enough moisturizer is when your skin starts showing lines more clearly and getting dry spots. Additionally, your skin might have other issues such as inflammation or a rough texture.
#3 Not Wearing Sunscreen –
As important as moisturizer is sunscreen is just as important. This can still be important even in the winter months or if it’s cloudy. If you’re going to be outside for extended periods of time you need to protect yourself. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can still harm your skin even when you can’t see the sun. Not using sunscreen can lead to damage such as sun spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Naturally, there are products and visual treatments that can help lessen these indications, but sun block is your best preventive measure. Many sunblocks these days come with moisturizer built in for an added benefit.
#4 Smoking –
This may not be straight associated to skin, however cigarette smoking has substantial effects on it. Cigarettes and vaping causes what is known as “cigarette smoker’s lines” around the mouth. These vertical wrinkles around the mouth come from pursing the lips when making use of a cigarette. Another unfavorable result of smoking is that collagen and elastin become damaged, resulting in premature aging of the skin.
Smoking is a hard one because many people start smoking when skin is the last thing on their mind. Many cigarette smokers begin young, and premature aging isn’t actually an issue. Obviously, the longer an individual smokes, the more signs of damage they see. Additionally, it’s not just about quitting smoking yourself but to reduce and ideally eliminate your exposure to smokey environments. Even being in a smoke filled room can have lasting damage on your skin and lungs.
#5 Using Too Many Products –
You want the very best for your skin. You buy the very best skin care items on the market. Every early morning, you put each one all over your face, and in the evening you wash your face and repeat the process. This may sound like an excellent beauty program, after all look at everything you’re doing to care for your face. But the real issue is that you’re caring a bit excessively.
The products you’re using are most likely loaded with harsh chemicals. These chemicals are excellent to some degree. But when overused, they can cause more damage than good. The can cause adverse reactions, they can dry the skin, they can even cause your skin to become dependent in a way – reducing the skins natural ability to heal and retain hydration. It’s best to stick with a simple routine. Wash your face, use a gentle cloth to get rid of any dirt left behind, use any serums (such as vitamin C), and then moisturize. You can do this in the early morning and once again in the evening. Keep it simply and don’t feel the need to do “touch ups” throughout the day.
Also, if you utilize anti-aging retinoid items, use them at night due to the fact that they will make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage (another great reason to utilize sun block throughout the day).
#6 Not Pampering Your Skin Enough –
You put your skin through a lot from day to day. That’s why it’s important some times to treat yourself and give your skin a helping hand. Whether it’s getting some fillers to plump the skin up, restoring lose volume or collagen buffing with microneedling or even just a nice spa facial. Getting professional skin care treatments are a great way to improve the youthful look of your skin. At James Christian Cosmetics we offer a wide range of treatments that can help your skin look it’s best. Give us a call today at 917-860-3113 and let us help you find that perfect treatment to pamper your skin.