While all of us know the importance of proper skin care, it is also easy to negate the results of your efforts unknowingly. Your daily activities could be the culprit, as some of your habits and seemingly harmless actions can lead to skin care issues like wrinkles, acne, irritation, and dark spots.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Skin Care Efforts

Here are some of the way you are sabotaging your own skin care efforts:

1. Skipping or not using enough sunscreen

Daily sun protection is the most important step you can take to prevent pigmentation. UV rays can sneak up on your skin even on cloudy days or while you’re in the car, so it is important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Don’t forget to apply on overlooked areas like your ears, scalp, eyelids, and tops of your hands and feet.

2. Skimping on sleep

Adequate sleep is not just for feeling well-rested and refreshed the next day; it is also important for your skin. Your body and skin go into regenerative mode while you sleep, replacing damaged cells and producing new ones. Be sure to aim for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night and create an ideal sleep environment. 

Check out our previous blog and learn 7 ways to get beauty sleep

3. Not eating a balanced diet

Constantly eating processed foods or those that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can do your skin a disservice. This can cause inflammation within the body and trigger skin care issues or make existing ones worse. It is best to load up on fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidant rich foods. 

4. Not showering or washing your face after a sweat session

Regular exercise has a lot of benefits, but excessive sweating, along with the accumulation of dirt, oil, and bacteria, can be bad for your skin. It can clog pores and trigger breakouts. You don’t have to quit exercising to avoid this. Just make sure to wash your face or take a shower to get rid of sweaty skin immediately.

5. Overloading or overusing too products

Too much of anything can be bad for you and this also applies to skincare. Slathering your face with creams and serums or introducing too many things all at once can do more harm than good. This can even lead to redness, irritation, and more blemishes. It is best to follow and stick to a routine that works best for your skin types and concerns.

Read our previous post and find out if you are overloading on your skin care products

6. Letting stress go unchecked

Dark circles, puffy eyes, and breakouts are not the only repercussions of letting stress get the best of you. Excess cortisol or stress hormones can also break down collagen, contributing to premature signs of aging. It can also trigger mood swings and cause you to fall into bad habits. Be sure to take frequent breaks and make time for the things you enjoy doing.

Tweak or make changes

Making positive lifestyle changes matter if you want to maintain overall skin health. You can also complement your efforts with nonsurgical aesthetic treatments, especially if you’re bothered by skin care issues like breakouts, lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Here are some procedures worth considering:

  • Limelight Photo Facial – Using intense pulsed light (IPL) technology, Limelight can treat freckles, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation on the face, neck, and decolletage. 
  • Ultherapy – Tapping into the power of time-tested focused ultrasound energy, Ultherapy can lift and tighten skin on the face, neck and chest. It can also contour the face and stimulate collagen production.
  • VI Peel – This contains a special formulation to significantly improve the tone and texture of your skin. It can address and improve skin care concerns such as acne and acne scars, age spots, lines, and uneven skin tone and texture.
  • Injectable treatments – These include Botox, dermal fillers, and Profhilo. Botox is for smoothing wrinkles and jaw slimming, while dermal fillers are for restoring lost volume and contouring the face. Profhilo, meanwhile, is for treating laxity, improving hydration, and addressing other signs of aging. 

Schedule a consultation today

Want to learn more about the aesthetic treatments mentioned above? Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today! Schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor and start your journey towards healthy, clearer, and more youthful skin.