It’s okay to admit that you may have committed a few skincare sins in your life. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Today’s post is going to be dedicated to things we do habitually that we may not think are that bad, but they actually can be making our skin look older and have us asking ourselves how old do I look. Our skin habits are just as important as our eating and exercising habits. After all, it doesn’t do us any good to take great care of our bodies and neglect our skin!
So, starting to think “How old do I look?”
“How Old Do I Look?”
Are you guilty of any of these bad skin habits?
1. Sleeping in Makeup
Honesty time! I’ve slept in makeup before. I think we all have at least once. Sleeping in makeup every now and then isn’t going to cause any long-term damage to your skin, but regularly sleeping in your makeup certainly can make you look older.
Face makeup is meant to be washed off thoroughly after so many hours of wear, and letting it break down on your face is a recipe for dull, patchy skin and clogged pores. While the damage won’t be irreversible, it will definitely make your face look sallow and aged. It can even contribute to fine lines. In addition, leaving mascara on your lashes will make them brittle and easier to break. Nothing says “old lady” like spidery lashes!
The best way to make sure you’ve gotten all of that makeup off so your skin can breathe is with great cleansing options. For this, I strongly recommend the Klairs Deep Cleansing kit. It comes with a cleansing oil, a facial soap, a gentle face polish, a toner and a package of cotton pads.
The Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil contains a blend of gentle oils that help to purify your pores and melt away all of your makeup and sunscreen. Once you have rinsed the oil, follow it up with the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Charcoal Soap. It has a rich, creamy lather that will moisturize and nourish your skin as it cleans away any residual oil and dirt, leaving your skin fresh and clean without feeling tight or itchy. Once a week or so, you can replace the charcoal soap with the Black Sugar Facial Polish. It has rounded, gentle sugar crystals and a blend of nourishing oils to give your face a deep, exfoliating clean that’s suitable for even sensitive skin.
After cleansing, I like to finish off with the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner. The cotton squares included in this package are large, soft and lint-free, so they’re perfect for drenching in soothing, hydrating toner to make your skin happy and calm after cleansing.
2. Skimping on SPF
Hands down, the number one thing I recommend to every person that asks me for skincare advice is to stick to a strict daily sunscreen application schedule. Whether you love the outdoors or prefer to stay inside most days, you still need sun protection!
Even if you don’t have a visible sunburn, spending time out in the sun without sunscreen can cause damage and make your skin age more quickly. UVA rays are responsible for what’s called “photo-aging,” which includes sunspots, wrinkles and fine lines, while UVB rays cause your skin to produce more melanin. UVB rays are also the ones responsible for making your skin red or sunburned. This is why it’s so important to find a sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays and making sure you apply the right amount every single day no matter what the weather is like.
Did you know that UVA and UVB rays can still harm your skin even when it’s cloudy? Not only that, but UVA rays can even get to you through glass, which means if you’re near any windows you are still getting sun exposure. So, to stay looking young and fresh, don’t skimp on the sunscreen!
Another way to help protect your skin is by using a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C has great photo-protective properties and it also helps make your sunscreen more effective! My favorite vitamin C is the Pure Vitamin C21.5 Serum. It has 21.5 percent vitamin C, plus other brightening and hydrating ingredients that make it a great multi-tasker.
In addition to using a vitamin C serum regularly, I also like to use a vitamin C sheet mask at least one or two times per week. Naturally, since I love the C21.5 serum so much, I always reach for the Natural Vitamin 21.5 Enhancing Sheet Mask. Not only does it have 21.5 percent vitamin C, but it has even more moisturizing, calming and anti-aging ingredients than the serum!
3. Neglecting Your Hands
Hands are one of the biggest tells regarding your age. You might have beautiful, smooth skin on your face and dress fashionably, but if your hands are riddled with sunspots and gnarls, it’s obvious you are not as young as you appear.
Our hands are some of the hardest working parts of our body, yet they are so easy to forget about when we start an in-depth beauty regimen. So, what can you do to keep your hands looking young and supple for as long as possible?
The first thing to do is invest in some sunscreen! I know I sound like a broken record here, but the best way to prevent your hands from looking aged is by protecting them from sun damage. A lot of body sunscreens tend to feel heavy or greasy, so I usually just squirt some onto the back of one hand and then rub the backs of my hands together (don’t miss your fingers!) until it’s absorbed. I also keep a hand cream with a little bit of SPF in my purse at all times. Even a lotion that has a low SPF factor is better than nothing.
The second thing to do is carry over bits of your face routine onto the backs of your hands. Serums with niacinamide, vitamin C, vitamin A or arbutin will all keep your hands looking smooth and even. I also like to do a paraffin hand mask at least once a month to keep my hands from getting rough or dry.
These three bad skin habits can make you really start to think “how old do I look?”, so be mindful the next time you’re feeling lazy!