Top 5 Bad Skin Habits To Kick For Good (and how!)

"Don’t let Your Skin be the April Fool"As the temperature begins to cool down many of us are guilty of letting a few bad habits creep up on us, especially in our skin care regime. By making an effort to set good habits and kick bad ones for good, you can ensure that your skin will be glowing and healthy by the time Spring rolls around. Don’t let your skin be the April Fool this Autumn with help from Nad’s ( skincare expert Sue Ismiel, who shares her top 5 bad skin habits to kick for good (and how!).

Not Taking Your Makeup Off

While it may be tempting to fall into bed after a long tiring day without removing your makeup, the effects of going to bed with makeup still on can wreak havoc on your skin in both the short and long term. Not taking proper steps to cleanse your skin at the end of the day can lead to breakouts, dull skin, and many dermatologists[1] believe that it can contribute to accelerated skin ageing and the appearance of wrinkles! If you’re truly exhausted, it’s ok from time to time to resort to face wipes, but try not to make a habit of it and be careful when removing eye makeup not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Not Ditching The Razor

Not only is waxing an inexpensive and longer lasting option for hair removal, the right waxing products can have added benefits for your skin. “Waxing has an exfoliating effect and removes dry and dead skin cells, leaving your skin with a silky smooth texture. Unlike shaving, waxing removes that annoying stubble and the regrowth of hair is much slower, meaning that you get much smoother and longer lasting results from waxing. The other benefit is that you avoid any chance of suffering from unsightly nicks and cuts from razors.” says Sue. Sue’s top pick is the Nad’s Body Wax Strips (RRP $7.99) which are quick, convenient and easy to use. The specially crafted natural beeswax formula, available for the face and body, effectively removes hair gently and moulds to all your curves, making it easy to reach those tricky areas.

Not Wearing SPF Everyday (and forgetting to reapply!)

With some studies[2] reporting that up to 80% of skin ageing is due to UV rays, the number one thing you can do for your skin is wear sunscreen with a high SPF every day! There are many good quality moisturizers available at all price points that contain high levels of SPF that are also designed to feel light weight, be non-greasy and sit well under makeup. Many makeup products contain SPF but you are unlikely to apply enough product to gain the full SPF protection so it’s best to still wear a good quality sunscreen/moisturizer with a high SPF and make sure to re-apply regularly.
Not Using The Right Skin Care Products For Your Skin Type

If you’re still using the same cleanser, toner and moisturizer you were 5 or more years ago then it’s definitely time to switch up your products. Our skin type and needs change as we age and change environments, so what worked for you when you were younger might not be the most beneficial option for your skin any more. If you can it’s best to visit a professional beauty therapist who can diagnose your skin type and suggest a skin care regime with suitable products.
Not Getting Enough Sleep

All the products in the world can’t make up for the effects that your lifestyle has on your skin, and lack of sleep is a common culprit for many common skin woes. A study conducted in 2013 at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center[3] found evidence that links sleep deprivation with premature skin ageing, reduced skin health and a decrease in the skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure. If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, try sleep advocate and CEO of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington’s advice to initially aim to just get ½ or 1 hour sleep a night extra than what you currently are and slowly increase that number incrementally.
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