Skin Mistakes: Top 5 Ways to Wreck Your Skin
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and, boy, can it get abused! Between pollution, unprotected sun exposure, and nonexistent skin care routines, our skin can really take a beating in the process. It’s time to break some of our bad habits and avoid some very common skin mistakes to give our skin a break.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made a lot of skin mistakes when it comes to my own beauty regimen. Back in the day, I would sunbathe with baby oil in pursuit of the perfect tan. When that wasn’t possible, I would visit a tanning salon. I washed my face with any old bar soap and I wasn’t a regular user of body lotion. Yikes! Who was that girl? Oh, if I only knew then what I know now. I’m sure we’ve all cringed at our beauty mistakes over the years, but it’s time to stop the cycle! I’m going to expose the top five ways to wreck our skin so we can stop the madness immediately!
Here are my top 5 skin mistakes that can wreck your skin.
Avoid these common skin mistakes:
Using the wrong cleanser
Cleansing is the first step in any skin care regimen, and that cleanser choice is important! So many people make the mistake of picking up any old random bar of soap to wash their face. Most bar soaps that are designed to cleanse your body contain harsh deodorizers and detergents that are not gentle enough for your face. Evaluate your skin to determine what type of cleanser your skin requires. If it’s oily, look for a cleanser to target sebum production. Perhaps a lightweight foaming gel cleanser such as the Herbalife SKIN™ Polishing Citrus Cleanser would be best. If your skin is on the dry side, look for a cleanser that will moisturize the skin while cleansing. The Herbalife SKIN™ Soothing Aloe Cleanser may be the right product for your skin. Pay attention to your skin and choose the right cleanser. But, whatever you do, put down that ordinary bar soap!
Worshipping the sun
If you’re like me, this is the area where we tend to make our biggest skin mistakes. Yes, I too will admit that I think I look better with a nice suntan and look forward to that summer sun-kissed glow. But it’s the lengths we go through to get that look that’s the problem. Put down the tanning oil and pick up the sunscreen. And whatever you do, avoid tanning beds at all costs. It’s important to protect our skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. These rays burn our skin and are a leading contributor to premature aging. You might look good with that savage tan today but flash-forward and you might not be happy with the wrinkly person staring back at you from the mirror. Sunscreen is critical when it comes to protecting your skin and you should never go out into the sun without it. The Herbalife SKIN™ Protective Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is formulated with this mind. It not only protects your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, it also helps fend off the signs of aging while doubling the skin’s moisture for eight hours.* Sunless tanners have also come a long way and you don’t need to worry about the orange, “fake bake” look any more. And the best part is you can get that gorgeous tan 12 months out of the year.
I think we can all agree that we love the way we look after a good buffing and polishing. But, there is such thing as TOO MUCH of a good thing. Exfoliation of the face and the body is something that we all should be doing on a regular basis. But we need to be gentle. Remember our skin is a living organ and we need to take care of it. The last thing we want to do is scrub our skin so much that it becomes red and irritated. Take it easy when cleansing and exfoliating. Use soft and gentle circular motions to achieve the most desirable skin. Nothing good can come from over-scrubbing our skin. A gentle yet effective exfoliation for the face can be found in the deliciously scented Herbalife SKIN™ Instant Reveal Berry Scrub. It’s a favorite for both men and women.
I would place a major bet on the fact that everyone reading this is guilty of popping a pimple or two. It’s so tempting to do that it seems almost unavoidable. But, it’s very important to resist the urge to jab at outbreaks. Every time you start attacking a pimple, you run the risk of making the problem even worse. You can spread bacteria to other areas of your face. The troubling spot can now look bigger and much redder then before. Not only that, but the picking could result in permanent scarring. No matter what, please resist the urge to pop those pimples and be patient in weathering the breakout storm.
Burning the candle at both ends
It’s amazing how a lack of sleep and stress can negatively impact your skin. It’s impossible to look our best when we’re exhausted and stressed out. Our skin loses its glow and vibrancy, the circles under our eyes become darker and more apparent. Beyond that, we just look, well dare I say it … OLD! Remember, we call it “beauty sleep” for a reason because we definitely look our best when we’re well rested. You’d be surprised at just how many people aren’t getting enough hours of sleep in a night. Stress is another factor that wreaks havoc on our skin. So, for the sake of our skin, let’s get a good night’s sleep and try to unwind and relax.
I can honestly admit that I’ve committed some major skin care mistakes in the past. It’s never too late to turn over a new leaf and start some best beauty practices. A good skin care regimen, such as the Herbalife SKIN™ Basic, Advanced, or Ultimate Program, is a great starting point for everyone.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is the director of worldwide Outer Nutrition product training at Herbalife.
*Tested subjects, measuring skin moisture levels at eight-hour intervals. Skin of 100% of subjects showed double the moisture levels over baseline after eight hours.