10 Skin Mistakes You Can Make

Here are ten biggest skin mistakes you can make:

Using tanning beds

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an official warning about tanning beds as one of leading sources of skin cancer-causing radiation.

People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. Source

Not using sunscreen daily

Not using sunscreen on a daily basis makes your skin age faster and make you look older. Australian researchers reported that people who apply sunscreen everyday show 24% less skin aging compared to those who only applied sunscreen on a semi-regular basis.

The lack of skin SPF skin protection also exposes you to UVB rays, or harmful rays from the sun that cause various forms of deadly skin cancer. Source

Getting too much sun

The sun is a source of Vitamin D for your body. However being out in the sun too much increases your risk of getting skin cancer and ages your skin a lot faster. With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and leathery. Although the skin appears to be thicker, it actually has been weakened and, as a result, it will bruise more easily. Source

Using the wrong cleanser

Did you know that you could be using the wrong type of cleanser? The type of cleanser you should be using depends on the type of your skin. Using the wrong type of cleanser can hinder the effects of any products on your skin you use afterwards. Source

Not using a retinoid

Retinoids are topical or oral products that help with acne treatment, anti-aging and hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Retinoids help your skin get rid of dead cells that clog your pores, therefore helping in the creation of newer skin cells. Retinoids keep your skin clear, even out your skin tone and prevent pre-mature aging. Source

Over-exfoliating

How do you know if you’re over-exfoliating your skin? Some signs include noticeable dehydration of the skin, irritation and patchy ares of dryness. While exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer look and feel or you skin, an overzealous approach can actually shorten your skin cells’ lifespan and make it more susceptible to damage from the elements. Source

Not changing your skincare routine according to the season

The winter weather brings in the dry air. This means that you should exfoliate moderately and moisturize more to keep your skin healthy. The sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months so sunscreen application should be at an all-time high. Source

Eating the wrong foods for your skin

Your diet can definitely affect your skin’s health. Sugary foods, are proven to be linked with acne breakouts. Alcoholic beverages cause dehydration which can take toll on your skin as well. Here is a full list of foods that are considered bad for your skin.

Not knowing your skin type

Knowing your skin type definitely helps a lot when picking out skincare products. There are four different skin types: Normal, Combination, Dry, and Oily. Certain products are made for certain skin types and using the wrond product for your particular skin type may diminish its effects. Source

Not getting a full-body skin exam every year

A full body skin exam is performed by a licensed dermatologist to check your skin for any irregularities, strange spots and suspicious-looking moles. This is a very effective way to check for potential skin cancers. Dermatologists have the proper training to detect and diagnose any irregularities they find on your skin. Source

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