Do you do this too ? it is damaging your Skin

Updated: Jul 14, 2021




DAILY HABITS THAT ARE DAMAGING YOUR SKIN

By now all of us know the basics of skincare, wash off makeup before going to bed, cleanse twice daily, do not touch those pimples, use sunscreen religiously…But do you know there is more to it!

Some habits we are all guilty of doing every day that causes damage to our face without us even realizing it.

I have listed some tried & tested habits which I used to follow but now have changed them & the results are visible!


SLEEPING POSITION

It feels so relaxing to lie down on the bed after a hectic day at work. But this relaxing feeling may have some adverse effects on the face skin. Pressing your face down or cheek into the pillow can give you permanent fine lines. Yes, you read that right! Absolutely we cant wake up in the same position as we slept; its natural while in sleep. So let us talk about the best posture which we can try at least while falling asleep - Sleeping on your back. Sleeping on your back helps avoid the friction between your face & the pillows, which in turn helps avoid skin damage. Even if you have to sleep on your side make sure you use an appropriate pillow to support your neck so that the whole weight doesn’t come on your face.


COTTON PILLOWCASE

NEVER use a cotton pillowcase!

Cotton fibre is more absorbent as compared to other fabrics & the aptest choice for humid weather like ours, but sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can have adverse effects on the skin. While in sleep when our skin gets rubbed against the cotton pillowcase; the friction with the cotton fibers can break down the collagen under the surface of our skin. This friction causes damage & may result in permanent fine lines & creases on the face. Cotton pillowcases may also trap dirt & the oil secreted from our face. Make sure you change your pillowcase every day.


SCRUBBING

Scrubbing or exfoliating is a good habit to remove the dead skin layer from the skin. Scrubbing helps in increasing blood circulation & boosts cell regeneration. BUT over scrubbing or exfoliating on daily basis with hard face scrubs can cause skin irritation, redness, breakouts & infections. Choose a gentle exfoliator & scrub your face twice a week. While applying the scrub do not forget to massage in circular motions & be gentle on the skin, do not put much pressure.


USING FACE OILS

Many people have misconceptions about using facial oil – facial oils cause breakout?

But in reality, facial oil is the best thing you can apply to your face; irrespective of your skin type.. including OILY SKIN. Sounds weird? Let me explain; using face oil decreases your skin’s oil production. Over-washing & exfoliating causes the facial skin to dry out, stripping off the natural skin oil & which in turn makes the skin produce more oil to compensate for the dryness. Applying a few drops of facial oil helps to slow down the oil production. Some facial oils also have dedicated agents to improve the conditions of skin acne & pigmentation.


I personally use Bio Oil – Read my experience here !


DESSERTS

Everyone loves to indulge in sweets… who would not like to have a piece of cake or donut or mouth-watering desi sweets. But these guilty pleasures on a regular basis run havoc on your skin.

The enemy of our skin present especially in all these sweets is refined carbohydrates.

Refined Carbohydrates are nothing but empty calories that lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Rice, refined flour (maida), potatoes & white sugar all contain refined carbs. These refined carbs trigger skin inflammation which leads to premature skin aging, wrinkles & acne. On the other hand eating antioxidant-rich foods like green leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits & nuts help reverse the damage done by these refined carbs making it younger.


DAIRY PRODUCTS

Too much of anything is bad; the same goes with dairy products like milk & cheese. Overconsumption of dairy products may harm your skin. Cow’s milk contains hormones and growth factors that are absorbed by the bloodstream and cause inflammation and skin aging. If you frequently suffer from breakouts, give dairy products a miss for a while and see the difference for yourself. Meanwhile, you can get calcium from many food sources like dark leafy greens, sesame seeds, and supplements.


PROTEINS

Proteins are building blocks of the body, but consuming too many proteins can also have adverse effects on the skin. It’s a good idea to limit protein consumption & not eat more than one type at a time. Proteins take a lot of time to digest (that’s why you feel fuller for longer) and the energy spent on digesting them takes away from the energy that can be directed from repairing collagen in the skin and clearing up dark circles, Meats, Eggs, Sprouts, whole grains, daal, nuts, and seeds provide enough protein to fuel you up.

GHEE COFFEE

Ghee has numerous benefits to our skin & when mixed with coffee it can be an elixir.


Read GHEE COFFEE benefits – FULL BLOG here


SCREEN TIME

Reducing the time spent on our laptop/computer & mobile screens can benefit your body, including the skin. Certain facial movements that are repeated often or held for long periods can cause wrinkles. Therefore, if your job requires you to stare at a computer screen for hours, chances are you are in danger of developing frown lines between your brows and crow’s feet around the eyes. Wear glasses if you need them and remember to look away from your screen every 30 minutes to ease eyestrain. Also taking a break every 30 minutes & walking around or doing some basic stretching also helps to avoid backache issues.


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