It’s time to share the Top 5 Frightening Tales of Skincare – but be wary, these stories are scary enough to make you avoid these common mistakes.
1. The Terrible Tales of Tanning
Stay away from those tanning beds, ladies and gentlemen! Just one indoor tanning session can increase the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%). Source. And this risk increases each time a tanning bed is used. So if you really want that Summer glow, go apply it from a bottle – there are plenty of great options available now.
2. Scrubbing All Your Skin Off!
Exfoliating is great in principle, but overdoing it can lead to a not-so-attractive “red and inflamed” look.
When you exfoliate every day, it doesn’t give your skin enough time to recover, which leads to dry skin becoming drier and oily skin producing more oil. If your skin is getting red, flaky, and cracked, you should back off a bit as you might be doing more harm than good. Limit exfoliation to once or twice a week in your skincare routine with a gentle scrub like our Manuka Honey Exfoliating Cleanser.
3. The Woman Who Smoked Her Skin Dry
We all know smoking takes a toll on skin, but many people don’t realise just how much. Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles around the mouth, often called smoker’s lines, it’s hard on the rest of your skin, as well. Smoking speeds up the natural ageing process by starving your skin of oxygen. Without oxygen and healthy circulation, your skin doesn’t get the important nutrients it needs to remain healthy. No amount of skincare products can fix this type of damage, so do try and give up smoking. The only book I’ve ever heard of helping someone quit is Allen Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking so maybe give that a try if you’re struggling.
4. Too Hot To Trot With Shower Skincare
Hot showers feel great at the time, but they can lead to dry, scaly, and irritated skin. This is because high temperatures can strip the skin of its natural moisture and barrier protection.
Hot showers and baths also make sensitive skin symptoms worse. Always take a lukewarm shower. Or keep your face out of the water and do your face cleansing skincare with a flannel in lukewarm water. Then moisturise with a body lotion as soon as you step out of the shower so your skin soaks up all that lovely hydrating goodness.
Our body, especially the skin, requires sleep in order to repair and regenerate. Lack of sleep leads to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause acne breakouts, collagen breakdown, and a lowered immune system. Sleep deprivation also leads to swollen eyes with dark under-eye circles. Try to make your sleeping habits consistent and aim for between 7-9 hours each night, your skin will thank you for it!