Sensitive skin requires extra care and attention to maintain its health and radiance. If you’re one of the many individuals with sensitive skin, you know that it can be a challenge to keep irritation and discomfort at bay. To help you on your journey to healthier skin, here are some “don’ts” to remember:
DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE MAKEUP BEFORE BED
Leaving makeup on overnight can clog pores, leading to breakouts and dull-looking skin. Make it a habit to cleanse your face thoroughly before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe and regenerate while you sleep. Some cosmetics can contribute to acne breakouts and leaving mascara on overnight can trigger puffy eyes.
DON’T SKIP YOUR SUNSCREEN
Prolonged sun exposure without protection can cause premature aging, sunburns, and even increase the risk of skin cancer. Don’t expose your skin to excessive sunlight. Always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wear protective clothing when spending time outdoors.
DON’T SLEEP ON THE SAME PILLOW COVER FOR A WEEK
Change your pillowcases every 3-4 days. Your pillowcase is pretty close to you. Unfortunately, that means there are plenty of opportunities for bacteria and germs to get inside and damage your skin and hair. Not changing pillowcases regularly can lead to acne and a duller complexion.
DON’T POP PIMPLES
Popping your pimples anywhere on your face is not advised. It just makes breakouts worse and can cause more spots to pop up. On top of that, scarring is more likely to happen if you pick. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks. It’s best to let a pimple run through its lifespan. Leave it alone, a blemish will heal itself in 4-7 days.
Smoking has various effects on the skin. Smoking accelerates the aging process, causes wrinkles, and makes your skin appear dull and unhealthy. Quitting smoking can significantly improve the quality of your skin and overall complexion. The toxins in cigarette smoke damage collagen and elastin. So avoid smoking.
DON’T USE DERMA ROLLER TOO MUCH
Although dermarolling can be done at home, it’s a good idea to speak with a dermatologist about any ongoing skin concerns. Buy only a very good quality derma roller for your home.
DON’T SHAVE ACNE PRONE SKIN
Shaving shouldn’t cause acne, but it can irritate existing acne or cause razor burns. Use soft, light strokes and only pass over the area once or twice at most as accidentally catching a spot may cause acne scars.
DON’T SKIMP ON SLEEP
Lack of sleep can affect your skin’s health and appearance. During sleep, your body repairs and rejuvenates itself, including your skin. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to promote healthy skin and prevent dark circles and a tired complexion.
DON’T USE HARSH SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Avoid using skincare products that contain harsh chemicals, fragrances, and alcohol. These can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and breakouts. Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic products that suit your skin type.
DON’T APPLY TOO MUCH LEMON
Lemon juice can exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce excess sebum. However, straight lemon should never be applied to the face, as it can cause irritation, skin damage, and sunburn. Lemon juice can change the pH of your skin. Dilute in another ingredient, like honey.
While exfoliating is beneficial for removing dead skin cells and promoting a radiant complexion, overdoing it damages the skin barrier. The surface of the skin has a protective layer of fats and oils, which help seal moisture into the skin. so, stick to exfoliating 2-3 times a week using a mild exfoliator suitable for your skin type.