Top 5 Skin Sins

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1. NOT WEARING A DAILY SUNSCREEN:

Sun exposure ages and damages skin over time causing hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, visible blood vessels and even skin cancer. Even though you may not be sunbathing poolside, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin every single day. I can’t tell you how many patients I see on a regular basis that do not have a sunscreen with SPF in their daily skin care regimen.

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1. NOT WEARING A DAILY SUNSCREEN:

Sun exposure ages and damages skin over time causing hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, visible blood vessels and even skin cancer. Even though you may not be sunbathing poolside, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin every single day. I can’t tell you how many patients I see on a regular basis that do not have a sunscreen with SPF in their daily skin care regimen.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures a sunscreen’s effectiveness at blocking UVB rays. SPF can help you determine the amount of time a sunscreen will protect you from getting sunburnt. To determine the protection a sunscreen provides, multiply the amount of time that it takes for you to get sunburnt without a sunscreen by the SPF number. For instance, if you normally get burnt in 15 minutes of directly sun, a 30 SPF sunscreen will provide you with 7.5 hours of protection.

I recommend: SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 30+ as part of your daily skin care routine. Also, it is best to apply sunscreen every 2 hours as a precaution.

2. PICKING AT YOUR BLEMISHES:

Please stop picking at your blemishes. It’s no sanitary to pick at your skin given the amount of bacteria that is under your nails and on your hands. Picking can cause breakouts and even make existing blemishes worse.

I recommend: Break the habit—distract yourself by thinking of something else when you feel the urge to engage in any type of skin picking.

3. SLEEPING WITH MAKEUP ON:

A survey in Women’s Health Magazine showed that “a third of women sleep with their makeup on at least two times a week.” Let’s face it, we’ve all been there, but this is perhaps the most important habit to break. Makeup becomes impacted in pores making them appear larger. It also breaks down your natural oil glands in your skin and can result in a decline in the collagen in your skin which makes skin less resilient. Leaving makeup on at night results in an overgrowth of bacteria on your face, bed sheets and pillow cases, causing severe acne conditions and worsening the appearance of the skin.

I recommend: Wash your face using SkinMedica Facial Cleanser before going to bed. Also, be sure to wash your bed sheets and pillow cases regularly.

4. NOT WASHING YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES:

Using dirty makeup brushes is similar to wearing makeup to bed. Makeup brushes carry large amounts of bacteria and fungus on them so it’s important to clean your brushes at least once a week. Using dirty brushes results in spreading bacteria around your face while putting on your makeup.

I recommend: Wash your makeup brushes thoroughly at least once a week with a brush cleaner or your facial cleanser. Allow your brushes to fully air-dry before using.

5. USING SOMEONE ELSE’S MAKEUP:

Sharing makeup is a bad idea. Some people use old brushes, old products, and don’t wash their hands before using their makeup. Also, you risk infection when sharing makeup. For instance, sharing mascara brushes can cause an eye infection, like pink eye, and sharing lipstick can result in the spread incurable viruses, like cold sores. Warts are also spread by sharing makeup.

I recommend: Never share or use someone else’s makeup.

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