Our skin is the largest organ of the body and is subject to daily aggressions. It is constantly exposed to environmental factors, that affects all of its layers over time, sometimes with visible results. If you are concerned about your skin here's what not to do anymore, starting today.
Too much tanning
There was a time when people thought that it was safe to spent hours on the beach, tanning and just spending lots of hours in the sun. However, dermatologists are loud and clear on this: overexposing your skin to direct sun light during the hot summer days contributes to premature skin aging and even skin cancer.
Sun can damage cells and tissues of the skin causing irreversible skin aging. So make sure to minimize the time you are spending on the beach and use protective lotions all the time.
There is no doubt that smoking is bad: it increases the risk of developing lung cancer, emphysema, cardiovascular diseases or can cause strokes. If you add the fact the smoking can cause skin wrinkles you have one really bad habit.
Actually, smoking has the same negative effects on the skin as the sun, the only difference is that it acts within the body, not outside it. Smoking will just make your skin look bad overtime by decreasing the blood flow and slowing down the wound healing process.
Using the wrong products to clean your skin
A mistake many people make is to use harsh soaps for cleaning body skin. A better solution would be to use mild cleansers especially for your face, if you have sensitive skin.
If your skin is prone to acne, use oil free cleanser. People with dry skin should use a thin layer of moisturizer after every washing in order to achieve proper skin moisture.
Whenever you feel the need to squeeze pimples, control yourself. This usually leads to aggravated acne and can even leave permanent scars.
Instead of squeezing pimples, you could try products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid or even go see a dermatologist.
Stress is the disease of the 21 century. Did you ever noticed that you look different when you are stressed? It can be said with certainty that stress can trigger a lot of health problems including certain skin conditions.
These include psoriasis or rosacea. Stress can also reduce your ability to fight skin irritants and infection. Not to mention that people who are stressed, usually have less time to care for their skin or for their health in general. So, try to avoid stress as much as you can!
Everyone wants to have a young and beautiful skin, but this may come with a high price. For long lasting healthy skin you should follow the advice of an experienced professional, especially if you are considering advanced procedures such as chemical skin peeling.
Sometimes this process can be irritating, especially if you have a skin condition or you just have sensitive skin. If done wrong, chemical peels can have severe consequences such as skin infections or permanent scars.
You should not insist too much on skin exfoliation or microdermabrasion at home, on your own, because these are delicate procedures that could harm your skin if not done properly. The best thing would be to seek the help of a dermatologist, whenever you want to try various home skin care procedures.
More than a quarter of the people sleep less than 7 hours a day. Exhaustion will be visible as dark circles and bags under your eyes in a couple of days if you are not getting enough rest. Your skin rejuvenates during sleep so make sure you are getting plenty of it.
Ignoring warning signs
Your skin is sending you signs all the times. A change in the appearance of your moles can be one of the clearest signs of skin cancer. Early detection offers a chance to treat the disease before it spreads.
Once a month, you should evaluate your skin using a mirror. This must be done especially if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer. A full dermatological examination is equally important.