What Your Skin Hates?

Happy skin is beautiful skin. Keep your skin healthy by avoiding these damaging habits and it will keep you happy in return.

Sun damage ages skin before its time. Wrinkles, blotchiness, and even skin cancer are the ultimate result of even moderate amounts of ultraviolet radiation on unprotected skin. A tan may look attractive, but it’s actually the skin’s response to damage. Tanning beds are no safer than sunlight, either; they also use ultraviolet rays to give the skin that lovely, but dangerous tan. If you plan to be out during the day, always apply a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Your skin will thank you for it years later.


However beautiful makeup may be, clogged pores and blemishes just aren’t pretty. Leaving makeup on overnight isn’t good for your skin and it will show its displeasure as a fresh crop of pimples. To erase every trace of makeup before your nightly cleansing, try an oil-free makeup remover.

Unhappy skin shows its displeasure with breakouts and blemishes. Although blemishes aren’t always caused by dirt alone, dirt almost always causes blemishes. Keep your skin scrupulously clean to avoid breakouts. Cleansing once or twice a day and after strenuous activity is plenty; overzealous cleansing can leave even oily complexions feeling dry and irritated. The skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin elsewhere on your body, so treat it gently with a cleanser specifically designed for the face.

If you do get a blemish, resist the urge to pop or pick at it. Squeezing a pimple may make it less obvious at the time, but it can also spread bacteria to surrounding skin and lead to bigger breakouts. Picking at blemishes may even leave permanent scars, pits, or discoloration. If you have troubled skin on a regular basis, try changing up the products you use; you might just be using a product that doesn’t get along with your skin. A visit to a dermatologist can also provide relief for more serious acne.


Although you might like a few drinks now and then, your skin may not. Tiny capillaries in the skin dilate when you drink, giving your face a flushed appearance. While a few nights on the town won’t do permanent damage, long-term heavy alcohol consumption can; when those dilated capillaries burst, your blotchy complexion could be with you for life. Your skin will thank you for moderating your alcohol intake.

Your skin is remarkably resilient and will forgive you for a few special-occasion cocktails or for forgetting to remove your makeup, but the more you make a habit of keeping your skin happy, the happier it will make you.

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