We all want to maintain healthy, vibrant and youthful skin, but unfortunately this is easier said than done. There are a countless number of toxins and elements which contribute to premature skin aging. And to make matters worse, all of the ‘misinformation’ floating around out there leads some people to further harm their skin through common cosmetic procedures.
Mistake #1 – Over Exfoliating
You might be surprised to learn that over exfoliating your skin can have a damaging effect on its appearance. The occasional exfoliation is perfectly fine, and even recommended, but doing this on a daily basis will scrub away health skin cells, leading to wrinkles, dryness and premature aging. A good rule of thumb is to exfoliate your skin once a week for optimal health.
Mistake #2 – Not Using Sunscreen
I think we’ve all been guilty of performing outdoor activities without a protective coating of sunscreen over our skin. Even if you don’t physically develop a sunburn, the sun’s powerful UV rays will still penetrate deep into your skin. Over time, prolonged sun exposure will cause wrinkles, sunspots, discoloration, and it will increase your chance of skin cancer. Thankfully, you can prevent all of this from happening by lathering on a high-SPF sunscreen lotion before going outside. If you plan on spending 15 or more minutes outside, take a minute to rub some sunscreen over your skin.
Mistake #3 – Cleaning Face With Pumice Stone
Now don’t get me wrong: a pumice stone is perfectly fine for the heels of your feet, but you shouldn’t use it on your face. The coarse texture and surface of a pumice stone will easily scrub off your healthy skin cells, which is something you don’t want to happen. Pumice stones work by scrubbing away skin cells, both dead and living ones. Only use pumice stones on tough parts of your body, such as your feet and heels.
Mistake #4 – Not Moisturizing
A fourth and final mistake that people make regarding their skin health is not using a moisturizing cream or lotion. Some people are lucky enough to be born with well-hydrated skin. Others, however, are the opposite and have constantly dry skin. If you fall into the latter category, it’s important to use a daily moisturizing cream to keep your skin hydrated. This in turn will preserve a healthy complexion while reducing the chance of wrinkles. Applying a moisturizer just once a day will yield significant improvements in your skin’s overall health.