12 Habits That Damage Your Skin (and What To Do Instead!)


Our lives are punctuated by bad habits that deeply affect our beauty capital. These small actions become so automatic that we no longer even realize their impact on our skin health.

We are here to prevent you from making these 13 mistakes that damage the skin (and to avoid regrets 10 years later).

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Not removing make-up in the evening

May the one who has never had the laziness to go through the « make-up removal » hut when she comes home late at night (or drunk, or late and drunk!) throw the first stone at us! And yet, it is one of the worst blows we can do to our skin…

Indeed, even when you don’t put 10,000 layers of makeup on your face every day, BB cream, foundation and blush clog your pores. So when you don’t bother to remove your makeup in the evening:

  • we block our pores, which favours the appearance of imperfections (blackheads, pimples),
  • we prevent the cells of our skin from regenerating, which hurts the skin,
  • we irritate our skin, which opens the door to redness and other itching.

Not to mention that if you don’t remove your make-up, you’ll automatically skip the night creams and the hydration of your skin. This will quickly result in the appearance of premature wrinkles.

Morality: if you want to have healthy, younger skin for longer, you never dry make-up removal.

Not washing your face excessively

Cleansing the skin of the face is an essential step in your « beauty routine ». In addition, there is nothing more effective than splashing fresh water on your face to wake up in the morning (and it’s much healthier than a cup of coffee). But there is a downside to this. Most people tend to wash their faces too often and for too long.

The watchword: do not exaggerate. If you wash your face more than twice a day, you eliminate essential natural oils. Your skin will then be more vulnerable and irritated more quickly.

Do you have sensitive skin? Use a soap-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free cleansing agent so that you do not dry your skin further.

Touching your pimples

It’s tempting to crush that little pimple that came in the night. But we can never repeat it enough, touching this imperfection will give you trouble, starting with the appearance of nasty scars from trying to destroy it. You should also know that acne is an inflammatory disease.

Handling this little button could excite your skin, which would then start making more… And then there is the final result of trying to defeat this intruder. You bleed and a crust appears.

A tragedy! because there are no concealer or foundation capable of concealing all this incognito…

Can’t live with that infected button? At least remember to wash your hands before taking action and especially to disinfect the rebel area. But never abuse it at the risk of stigma.

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Too much coffee

If you tend to drink more than two cups of coffee a day, caffeine will release too much adrenaline and can eventually generate bad stress on your face skin.

Caffeine can promote lack of sleep and therefore alteration of the skin’s detoxification process. So? well, it can cause a dull and greyish complexion.

We do not recommend removing all these foods from your diet overnight, but consume them in moderation. Or test without them for a period of time to find the right balance for your skin and complexion.

And no matter what! Choose healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains…

Overconsumption of skin care products

Many of us apply too many skin care products, » says Dr. Kellet, « which can hurt rather than help. Women sometimes tend to cover their faces with creams, lotions and tonics to prevent skin aging. Simplify the routine by using one vitamin A-based product for the day and another vitamin B-based product for the night.

Not wearing sunscreen every day

It is not only on the beach that you should wear sunscreen, but every day! The best way to prevent skin ageing is to protect yourself from repeated exposure to the sun.

It is good to be reasonably exposed to the sun to produce natural vitamin D as long as the skin does not blush. But then choose at least protection 15. And depending on your skin type, increase the coefficient. For maximum effect, apply the protection to the face, neckline and hands.

Using dirty make-up brushes

Dirty makeup brushes can damage the skin of your face without you noticing. They are real nests for bacteria that can cause imperfections and pimples.

So always remember to clean your brushes.

If they are equipped with real hair, use a mild shampoo or Marseille soap to wash them or soak them in water mixed with baking soda. Also remember that you should never lend your make-up or test products in stores at the risk of getting irritations.

Keeping your make-up products for years

When do you throw away your make-up products? « Well, when the pot or tube is empty, » many of you will answer me.

But did you know that make-up products have a very limited shelf life? Mascara lasts between 3 to 6 months, gloss lasts 3 months, foundation 1 year… After this time, the product can cause irritation. With heat and humidity, make-up can deteriorate even faster.

Be aware!

Too frequent scrubs

If scrubbing is recommended to exfoliate the skin and remove imperfections, it is not advisable to overdo it.

Used excessively, it tends to damage the skin’s protective barrier and thus make it more fragile in the face of external aggressions. Slow down and choose a gentle exfoliant, to be used at most twice a week.

Run the razor in any direction

The razor attacks the skin. But if you like your razor, know that there are ways to limit the aggression. When it comes to legs, always shave in the direction of the hair.

For underarms, remember to shave by squaring and not from top to bottom. To avoid cuts and irritations, always use shaving foam or oil. And above all, don’t forget the moisturizing cream to soothe the skin afterwards.

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Consuming too much sugar

Sugar can have an impact on the health of our skin if it is consumed in excess.

First, ( and it is enough to take it seriously) it makes us gain weight. Even more, sugar interferes with the production of collagen and elastin, the two main proteins that ensure the elasticity and youthfulness of our skin.

Sugar helps to intensify glycation, a process that allows excess glucose molecules to bind to collagen and elastin, causing damage to the latter. The result: your skin ages faster and loses its elasticity.

To avoid this, it is therefore important to reduce the sugar content of your food.

Eating few antioxidants

A diet rich in antioxidants (coloured fruits and vegetables) helps to neutralize free radicals. Those molecules cause oxidative stress that damages cells, which makes them age prematurely and induces carcinogenic mutations.

Consume more Omega 3 (fatty fish, rapeseed oil, nuts, linseed…), which, like cement on a brick wall, ensures the cohesion of the skin cells and has an anti-inflammatory action. Always prefer natural to dietary supplements, which are less well assimilated by the body.

Overexposing yourself to the sun

Of course, it’s always classy to be tanned, but with care! UV rays are extremely harmful to your skin and cause premature ageing. So yes for the sun, but not too much and not during the hottest hours.

Taking too hot showers

It’s tempting, but not so good for the skin.

Prefer warm showers and if you have the courage, finish with a spray of fresh water.

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