If you ask most people what are some of the skincare sins we commit most often, it's pretty much a given you'll hear about sleeping in our makeup or picking at zits and making matters even worse. And, yes, these are not practices any dermatologist will recommend, but there are a few surprising ways we're ruining our skin, too.
The first has everything to do with how you're sleeping. If you aren't sleeping on your back, you're creating pressure on your face and skin, which can result in a faster depletion of volume and fine line. Also: change your pillowcases to avoid spreading oils and bacteria to your skin, which can cause breakouts.
Overloading On Sugar
Remember hearing that wicked rumor about how chocolate was going to give you pimples? Remember the relief you felt when studies finally revealed there's no conclusive evidence that chocolate leads to acne? Well, hold that thought. Hot cocoa may not be to blame for that zit, but a diet filled with refined sugars and simple carbs causes insulin levels to spike. This can lead to inflammation in the body, and inflammation can cause skin to lose its elasticity and may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles.
You're Not Wearing SPF Every Day
When it comes to applying sunscreen, you've got this one in the bag — during the summer months. Sometime around October, your skin starts to see less and less of that all-important SPF — and that's a huge mistake many of ua make. UVA and UVB rays are present at all times, no matter what the temperature, and snow can in fact reflect those harmful rays back to your skin. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen (SPF 20 or higher in the winter) every single morning and reapply it if you're spending time outdoors.
You Aren't Cleaning Your Phone
The average person spends hours on their phone each day. We place our phones on desks, counters, bathroom stall shelves — you name it. If you think about how much bacteria is easily transmitted to your face when you simply hold that phone against your cheek, you can understand why it's so important to clean and disinfect our phones each day. And if you've noticed an unusual pattern of acne along one cheek or jawline, your phone could be the culprit.