5 "Healthy" Skin Habits That Aren't so Healthy at All


Practicing good skin care habits is crucial to having good skin. It’s important to invest time and develop a sense of your skin’s needs so that you can reap the rewards of youthful, glowing skin for years to come. In the quest to attain a flawless complexion sometimes we implement too rigorous skin care habits that can actually cause more harm than help. We look at 5 habits that can be revised in your routine for improved results.

1. You Layer Moisturizer, SPF and Foundation

You know you need to moisturize your skin. You know you need to protect it from the sun. You also want to hide blemishes. Do you find yourself applying moisturizer, SPF and foundation separately? While using all of these products is good, using the three separately can be both time-consuming and too heavy for your skin preventing it from breathing. With an array of skin care products on the market that have multiple functions you can streamline your skin care and moisturize, protect and beautify your skin all at one time. A BB cream for example, can cover blemishes, protect your skin from the sun and hydrate your skin for a beautiful complexion.

2. You Exfoliate Too Often

Exfoliation can be great for your skin — it can help shed dead skin cells from skin’s surface, it can refresh your surface skin cell layer prepping it to better receive the other products you use which equals better looking skin. However using harsh scrubs multiple times a week can be too aggressive for your skin. Also, too much scrubbing could irritate your skin. We recommend keeping use of your granular scrub to once a week or switching to a gentle exfoliating product that you can use several times a week. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub formulated with Jojoba beads deeply cleanses and polishes to refine pores. Additionally, the formula infused with peppermint instantly energizes skin for a healthy look. The product is gentle enough to use on a daily basis, yet will give you that skin smooth feeling you love when you use a scrub.

3. You Over-Cleanse

Cleansing your skin twice a day is important to ensure that your skin looks refreshed and optimizes surface skin cell turnover to reveal a beautiful complexion. However if you cleanse with harsh products it can strip your skin of its natural moisture and cause its natural barrier layer to feel imbalanced. If your skin occasionally feels tight or looks dull, consider that you might be over-cleansing. Substitute your cleanser with a gentler product such as micellar water or a cleansing milk. Both of these products are refreshing but not drying and will maintain your skin’s overall health while removing make up sweat, dirt and product. Garnier SkinActive’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover and Cleanser is a gentle way to cleanse without irritating your skin. Saturate two cotton balls with micellar water then gently glide them across your face to remove impurities like a magnet. If your skin is on the sensitive side or could use some extra hydration use Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser. It dissolves waterproof mascara and moisturizes, softens, and calms your skin. It contains no fragrance, alcohol, or dye so it works on even the most sensitive of skin types.

4. You Touch Your Face Too Often

Are you someone who’s constantly checking how their skin looks and feels? Are you zoning in on every pore on your face? Worst of all, do you pick at your skin or your blemishes? Paying attention to your skin is good but constantly touching or picking at it is not. Reserve the times when you touch your face for when you are cleansing or moisturizing — with clean hands of course. Touching your face with dirty hands can transfer oil, dirt and bacteria which can cause blemishes, the opposite of what you want.

5. You Wear SPF When It’s Sunny – But Only When It’s Sunny

Wearing SPF is great and very important to protect your skin. If you wear SPF when it’s sunny outside, fantastic! However don’t make the mistake of only wearing SPF on days with sunshine. The sun can harm your skin on a rainy or snowy day. Break with the habit of only wearing SPF on beach days and always use a moisturizer with SPF. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 makes it easy to wear SPF and moisturize your skin. It also revitalizes your skin and makes it look more polished. Wins all around!