Warning: Surprising Skin Wreckers

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  • Most of us probably think we know all about skin care. Use sunscreen regularly, hydrate, stay in the shade whenever possible. But the sun isn’t the only thing that can make our skin look worse. Here, some surprising details about what else can affect your skin – and the steps you can take to avoid them.

    Astringent Facial Products

    If your skin feels yucky, you might start thinking about using products that promise to eliminate excess oil and tighten pores. But as good as that sounds, your skin will tighten up and get itchy. Avoid alcohol-based products. Choose a gentle cleanser, and ask your dermatologist what pore-tightening or oil-removing products he can recommend.
  • Phones Yes, phones should be wiped clear so we can steer clear of bacteria that can give us colds. But the bacteria on cell, office or public phones can irritate your skin as well. Solution: wipe phones regularly with a gentle, alcohol-free sanitizer.
  • Too Much Exfoliating With the variety of sweet-scented body scrubs available, it’s inevitable that you’ll want to use them daily. Don’t do it! Your skin can get raw. Once a week is enough.
  • Not Enough Rinsing Even if you’re in a hurry, take some time to make sure your face, body and scalp have no residue left on them. Otherwise, you’ll get the itchies and then the scratchies, and that doesn’t help your skin.
  • Heavy Body Lotion Some body lotions, especially higher-end products, are just too heavy for your skin. They’re great for moisturizing problem areas, but for the rest of your body, choose lighter-textured products that won’t clog pores or leave you feeling sticky.
  • Hot Showers They feel so good, but hot water can dry out your skin. It’s better to finish your shower routine with cool or tepid water.
  • Toxic Stuff On Your Face That means household cleansing products, detergents, even styling gel. If it’s not meant to be on your face, clean your hands before you wash or moisturize.
  • Smoking This probably isn’t that surprising, but it bears repeating. Besides all the incredibly bad health consequences of smoking, it leads to squinting. And over a period of years, a constant squint leads to noticeable below-eye wrinkles.
  • The Wrong Glasses Why? Because you’ll squint. Keep your prescription up-to-date and you won’t have any problem.