*Guest Blog Post by Raj Mitra
Who doesn’t want a radiant and glowing skin? After all, it is the first sign of healthiness. However, indulging in some bad habits can cause a major disaster to your well-being, along with skin problems. To maintain a great skin tone, one needs to avoid a few bad habits and pick up some good ones.
The list below explains the bad habits to avoid so that we can maintain a healthy skin.
Overuse of Facial Scrub:
Too much use of facial scrub can damage the epidermis layer of the skin. This exposes the skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun. This, in turn, leads to rashes and sunburns. Excessive scrubbing can lead to hyperpigmentation. Misuse of scrubbing can lead to dryness of skin, itchiness, and acne. So, if the need for scrubbing arises, one should do so gently using a soft scrub, and this should be done in moderation.
The alcohol reacts with certain enzymes in our liver to produce a toxic product called acetaldehyde. This is responsible for damaging skin tissues, which further leads to sagging of the skin, the formation of wrinkles and dullness. So, the trick is to drink lots of water before taking alcohol. Also, avoid alcohol on empty stomach and do not mix soda with alcohol. In case, if someone wants to have alcohol, it is better to stick to just red wine at times and in moderation.
Smoke from a cigarette contains a lot of toxic and carcinogen materials like benzene, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride. The emitted smoke is also high on carbon monoxide. Smokers are also subjected to the influence of arsenic and cadmium. Smoking is, thus, responsible for premature aging and sagging of the skin. It can cause skin cancer and psoriasis. It destroys the skin tone and may cause acne. Avoid this deadly skin habit.
Sleeping with Makeup:
For innumerable reasons, falling asleep with makeup on is hazardous to the skin. Not removing makeup may clog the skin pores leading to pimples and infection. The skin looks dull and aged. People with acne problems find that their skin problem has worsened. Many cosmetics contain chemicals, which damage the tissues and cells of the skin if the makeup is not washed off before going to bed. The human body, including the skin, regenerates, while we sleep. So, with makeup on, the skin is unable to do so. Bedtime is the best time for retinoids, which assist in improving clogged pores and acne. The bottom line is that always wash off any makeup before retiring for the day and cleanse the skin twice daily.
Lack of Sleep:
Sleep is a crucial element of life, during the first three hours of our sleep; our body generates HGH or Human Growth Hormone from our pituitary gland. This hormone is necessary for maintaining youthful and glowing skin. So, if there is a deficiency of this hormone, the skin looks dull and aged. The next two hours of sleep produces melatonin, which in turn acts as an antioxidant and protects the skin from free radicals. During the last two hours of sleep, the cortisol, i.e., stress hormone decreases allowing the skin to relax and recover. Therefore, lack of sleep deprives the skin of adequate nourishment, which in turn results in a dull, dehydrated, and imbalanced skin. A person can get dark circles on the skin just under the eyes. In precise, the beauty sleep is of utmost importance to our skin. So, it is essential to get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
Excessive Skin Exfoliation:
Exfoliation is a process by which the dead cells of the skin’s outermost surface are removed. It is done in facials and during microdermabrasion. However, an excess of it can be damaging to the skin. The frequency of exfoliation depends upon the texture of the skin. Overdoing exfoliation can cause several problems, such as redness and irritation of the skin. Immediately after exfoliation, it is normal for the skin to have a temporary redness, but if it remains red more than a day, it signifies that the skin needs to be toned. Increased exfoliation can increase the dryness of the skin. Over-exfoliation can cause acne and shininess. The shininess is often misinterpreted as a positive outcome. However, the lustier look may occur due to a weakened skin texture. To summarize, exfoliation should be done as per the skin type and in moderation. It is crucial to avoid this deadly skin habit
What you eat is what you get – at least as far as the skin is concerned. An overstressed liver causes a vast gamut of health hazards, many of which show up on the skin. A bad digestion will build up toxic materials which cause acne, pimples, aging etc. So, each food we eat can either be beneficial or harmful to our bodies. The food to avoid, which causes skin problem are:
- Refined carbohydrates, which cause toxic oil and clogs the skin pores and cause pimples.
- Raw milk is bad for digestion and causes inflammation, which in turn causes pimples.
- Fast Food is a deep NO as far as health is concerned since they are high in oil which causes inflammation.
“Food is your medicine” is an age-old proverb. Not having enough healthy food and relying too much on pizza and burger will eventually show up on the skin. So, to sum up, eating healthy and a balanced diet is the key to a glowing skin.
Pimples are caused due to hormonal changes during puberty or due to stomach problems and because of inflammation of skin pores. If a person compresses the pimples and then touch another part of the skin, it may create new pimples. Hence, compressing pimples should be avoided as it is a deadly skin habit.
To conclude, apart from refraining from the bad habits mentioned above, one should wash their face with clean water twice a day. Moisturize the skin to keep it hydrated. It is better to limit the makeup to avoid dirt accumulation and clogging of pores. Also, limit the exposure to the sun to avoid dehydration of the skin. With that ‘Stay Healthy and Stay Happy’ and do not indulge in the deadly skin habits.