I wish I looked so beautiful! We say this to ourselves so often. Many times we are our own worst enemies! Ignoring skin care is a self-inflicted punishment. Just applying a lot of anti-ageing cream is not enough. These are 9 deadly skin care crimes we usually commit:
Stress is the main trigger for hormones that cause wrinkles! Skin afflictions like eczema and acne are directly related to stress. Indirectly, stress also leads to other horrible habits like smoking, excessive drinking, over-eating, etc that result in early ageing.
Forgetting sunscreen lotions
UV rays are healthy in limited doses as they help to produce vitamin D essential for the bones. But too much exposure to the sun’s rays messes up the skin proteins and can sometimes cause skin cancer. So don on plenty of SPF 30+ or higher potency cream when you want to stay out in the sun for a long time.
Compromising on product quality
Going for a low priced product is not a bad thing in itself. But check the ingredients for two reasons:
The cream may contain an ingredient – to which you are allergic,
The product may not contain anti-oxidants – which you need.
Insufficient water intake
Insufficient water intake leads to flaky, itchy, scaly and our enemy – wrinkles! It may not always be possible to drink the recommended 2-3 litres of water per day. To compensate, we can add watery vegetables and fruits that also have anti-oxidants.
Smoking and drinking
Cigarette smoke damages the collagen (protein) of the skin and destroys its elasticity. And what are we left with – dryness of skin leading to premature ageing, wrinkles despite anti-wrinkle creams, blemishes, and some more irreversible ugly signs! Smoking also causes horrible diseases like cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, etc. So if you are smoking you already know that you have to stop.
Drink a glass of wine daily. It is good because it has anti-oxidants. Alcohol in small amounts is fine but excessive drinking dilates the blood vessels under the skin leading to early ageing.
Forgetting anti wrinkle cream at bedtime
This is another deadly skin crime! At 40plus we really need to use a good quality anti-wrinkle cream. Throughout the day air pollution and the sun’s radiation play havoc with your skin. At night, our skin cells focus entirely on repairing the damage caused during the day. Anti-wrinkle cream is your bestie and will keep your skin soft as a baby’s.
When we don’t have time for a complete facial, we sometimes use a face scrub. It makes our face look tighter, smoother and glowing. But let’s not go overboard with the scrubbing. Use a scrub just once a week and apply it gently with fingertips in a circular motion, the keyword being “gentle”.
Not checking expiry date
Whether you are using creams for acne, wrinkles, blemishes, or to stay beautiful; the cardinal rule is to check the expiry date before buying the cream. The chemical composition of the product changes over time and this can really harm the skin.
Switching products too often
Once you have bought a cream, it may take a few days or weeks for the condition to improve. A pimple will take time to dry and heal. Skin takes time to smooth-out. Losing patience and switching the product for another one may actually cause harm than good, because each cream has a different chemical composition.
Nine points to remember! It may seem like a lot of things you have to avoid in order to look beautiful. In reality, these nine points are very easy to follow. And ladies, you owe it to yourselves. Stay beautiful…