5 Bad Skin Care Habits You Didn't Realize You Were Doing

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Your skin is highly sensitive and so many different factors will affect its overall health and appearance. Fortunately, there are plenty of things in your control which can protect your skin and give you a healthy glow. Check out these five habits you may need to change so that your skin will look more youthful and radiant at any age.

5 Things You’re Doing That May be Bad for Your Skin

1) You’re forgetting to wash your face before your workout.

Working out with makeup, oil, and dirt on your face can make it difficult for your skin to breathe and may increase your risk of breakouts since gunk can get clogged in your pores. Besides—who likes mascara running down their face mid-run?
Use a gentle cleanser to clean off your face before you hit the gym.

2) You’re not showering right after your workout.

Of course, sweat itself is natural (and it feels good to work that hard!) but it’s important to cleanse your skin after a gym sesh to re-clean your pores and remove any bacteria. Aim to get out of those sweaty clothes and shower ASAP following a workout, or at the very least use some high-quality baby wipes in your sweatiest areas if you don’t have immediate access.

3) You’re not cleaning your make up supplies.

Brushes can easily pick up oil and bacteria from your face, and if you never clean them you may end up applying a little more than blush (plus, build-up of product can destroy your tools). Aside from never sharing your makeup (ew), be sure to use a high-quality makeup brush cleanser at least once or twice per month.

4) You’re not exfoliating enough.

Your skin is dynamic and frequently shedding dead cells. Keep your pores clear and your skin glowing by exfoliating with a gentle product (or even DIY scrub) at least once per week; you may need more or less depending on how oily or sensitive your skin is, what type of climate you live in, etc.

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5) You’re not drinking enough green tea.

Green tea is rich in antioxidants which are great for your skin. 2-3 glasses of the green stuff per day can reduce inflammation and redness and improve the cellular health and youthfulness of your skin. Other antioxidant-rich and skin-healthy foods include berries, wine, and salmon or other foods with fatty acids.

Got some skin healthy habits of your own that you learned to break? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Sara M. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and freelance writer living and working near Boston, MA. As a former CrossFit gym owner and current fitness lover, Sara has a lot of personal and professional experience inside and outside the gym. She loves to write about various topics related to health, wellness, nutrition, human behavior, and self-mastery.