Minor everyday habits that may be sabotaging your anti aging efforts
Even if you feel like you’re taking good care of your skin, you may inadvertently have habits that can sabotage your skin in the long term. Whether you’re missing certain important skin care steps or need to make a few lifestyle tweaks, it’s important to keep these skincare basics in mind daily. A few differences in your habits can make a major difference to your skin over time. Let’s take a look at some all-too-common bad behaviors that may have made their way into your routine, and how to ditch them for better skin.
1. You Don’t Exfoliate
Exfoliation is good for all skin types — sensitive, dry, normal, oily or combination. No matter what your skin profile, it’s beneficial to remove dead surface skin cells to reveal a fresh layer. Removing dead skin cells helps keep pores from clogging and helps your skin better absorb products. Try a gentle exfoliating product such as Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Argan Nut Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with finely ground argan nut extract to gently cleanse, polish, and refine pores. Reveal your most luminous skin by exfoliating at least once a week.
2. You Don’t Wear Sunscreen
You might be good about applying SPF on beach days or when you spend a lot of time outdoors but you should be applying SPF every day no matter what the weather as the sun’s harmful rays can still damage your skin even when it’s cloudy, rainy or snowing. Try Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening and Smoothing Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Vitamin C and E to help protect your skin from the elements. It will give you glowing skin, protect your from the sun and shield your skin from free radicals.
3. You Don’t Exercise
Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can reduce stress which can give skin a beautiful glow. Exercising also helps flushes out toxins and release endorphins, which make you happy. Just remember to cleanse your face after a sweaty workout to keep your skin looking its best. So, strap on some sneakers and hit the gym at least a few times a week to reap these skin beautifying benefits.
4. You Ignore Your Neck and Chest
Even if you take perfect care of your face you might be neglecting a crucial area just south of it — your neck and chest. Often our neck and chest have dull skin and can look darker than our face which is a dead giveaway of a lack of cleansing. Try using Garnier Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser to cleanse your neck on a regular basis. It’s gentle yet thorough and cleanses with plant extracts leaving your skin soft and refreshed. It is also a great cleanser for sensitive skin if your skin tends to get irritated quickly.
5. You’re holding a dirty phone against your face
Have you ever wondered why you have a lot more breakouts on one side of your cheek rather than the other? The answer might be right in your hand in the form of your cell phone. Our cell phones can carry more bacteria than a toilet seat (ewww!) because it may be placed on random objects and accumulate dirt, sweat, and makeup transferred from our skin. This can turn our phones into cesspools which can transfer dirt back onto our skin and cause blemishes. Keep your phone and your face clean by wiping it down with a towelette like Garnier Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes a few times a week. This will kill off any face-interfering bacteria and limit transferring more gunk onto your skin.
6. You’re Avoiding Skin Care on Your Eyes
Your eye region is very delicate and prone to show signs of fatigue and early onset of skin aging. Take care of this area by hydrating and refreshing it. We recommend Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller with antioxidant Vitamin C, Mint, and Caffeine to instantly cool and refresh. The micro-stimulating roll-on applicator helps de-puff and reduce the look of under-eye bags. You can roll away under-eye puffiness for a brighter, more rested look. Also, try to moisturize this area at night so that it’s hydrated and restored.
7. You Eat Too Much Sugar
It’s hard to say no to a 3 pm cookie – we know. If you’re yearning for something sweet try reaching for some fruits instead of candy. Fruits like berries, mangoes, oranges and apples are packed with vitamins and antioxidants which can be great for your skin. After all who doesn’t love a fruit smoothie, or better yet, take the fruit and make a facial mask that’s good enough to eat!