Skin is the biggest organ of the human body, yet it seems so easy to neglect it or treat it in ways we shouldn’t treat it.
From spending time in the sun without protection to not moisturizing daily, damage can definitely accumulate a lot faster than we know.
Here is a list of things you should never do to your skin.
Putting Toothpaste on a Pimple
Somehow, this became the common cure for pimples by having the moisture sucked out.
The skin operates ideally at a pH of 5.5. When you put toothpaste on to dry out that third eye, it hikes up the pH, creating dry skin, irritation, and even discoloration.
The side effects could look worse than an actual pimple, so keep your toothpaste for your pearly whites.
Putting Leg Hair Removal Creams on the Face
“I have seen this end up in burns, scars, and skin discoloration,” says dermatologist Wendy E. Roberts, M.D., Director, Generational and Cosmetic Dermatology, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Enough said. Let’s stay clear from using anything but face cream on your face.
Using Alcohol on the Skin
The medicinal smell of alcohol screams sanitization—and that it does. But when used as a skin cleanser, zit remover, or cut cleaner, it strips the skin of natural proteins, oils, and fatty acids that fortify our barrier and keep irritants out.
Remember that the only alcohol beneficial to the skin is a glass of red wine because it is loaded with wrinkle-fighting antioxidants.
Ninety percent of the signs of aging and skin cancers come from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light.
Wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher every day, regardless of skin color or weather conditions, is not half, but the whole battle for those struggling with premature wrinkles, discoloration from old acne lesions, or melasma.
Find a cosmetically elegant formulation (there is a multitude of SPF lotions, creams, powders, sticks, and serums) that fits your lifestyle and go for it.
Taking Long and Hot Showers
Hot showers may do wonders for sore muscles and a bad mood, but they strip our skin of essential moisture and oils, leaving it red and itchy.
This can worsen already dry skin, aggravate conditions like eczema and rosacea, and since itching causes scratching, it can put you at risk for infection. Next time you decide to get steamed up, turn the temp down to warm and exit long before your skin starts to prune.
Pat yourself dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
Getting rid of the dead cells from your skin’s surface is a great way to look instantly younger — unless you overdo it.
Gritty scrubs and cleansing brushes aren’t the only ways to exfoliate; many anti-aging ingredients in creams and serums serve as chemical exfoliators.
“It’s not unusual for people to routinely use a retinoid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), and a mechanical cleansing device, so they wind up red and irritated instead of glowing and radiant,” says David Bank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY.
If your skin is starting to look inflamed, try dialing back on how often you use your power washer or AHA.
In addition to causing premature aging and wrinkling, smoking endangers your health. Smoking cigarettes increase your risk of squamous cell skin cancer, a dangerous skin cancer that can metastasize and spread if not caught early.
It’s no surprise how important our skin is, and how easy it is to cause damage to it.
In a nutshell, make sure you take care of your skin on a daily basis by moisturizing it with a good product, protecting it from UV rays, showering in temperature that isn’t too hot, and not using products on your face that aren’t meant for your face.
Let us know what you’ve done to your skin that you learned afterward you shouldn’t have!