These are six common habits that make your skin age fast without you realizing it.
Bathe too long with hot water
Bath for too long, especially bathing with hot water, will remove the natural oil layer on the skin, causing the skin to lose moisture, thus become more dry and flaky. Therefore, you should take shower and adjust the water temperature appropriately at moderate heat, balancing between hot and cold so as not to affect your skin.
Using soap with strong detergent to take a bath
In shower gel or soap, there is a certain degree of cleansing, too much abuse can break the natural oils on the skin, preventing the skin from properly protecting itself and causing dryness and irritation. So every time you take a bath, you should use a soothing, odorless soap, and use them in a moderate amount!
Exfoliating too often
Causes of dry skin? Probably because you exfoliate too much. Exfoliating helps to remove dead cells, removes excess oil, dirt, and helps the skin to dry out more easily – which means it acts on the natural moisture film on the skin. When this effect becomes excessive, the skin loses its protective barrier and begins to succumb to the external environment. Reasonably exfoliating time is 1 time/week (for sensitive skin, dry skin) or 2 times/week (for oily skin, normal skin, mixed skin).
Mistake when using a moisturizer
If your skin is really dry, you should stay away from moisturizers that contain fragrance. It can make your skin more irritated. Lotion derived from the water with low oil content, they are not absorbed well and quickly evaporated, can further dry your skin. For dry skin, creams like CeraVe or Cetaphil should be used, or ointments like Aquaphor or Vaseline. These nutrients create a layer of oil that helps keep your skin’s natural moisture. For best use, apply cream or ointment directly after bathing, just pat the skin dry first to make sure it is absorbed properly. Follow the dermatologist’s advice and rules to use the moisturizer best.
Do not drink enough water
Water is very important for health and skin. Have you heard the 8 × 8 rule? Under this rule, you should drink at least eight glasses of water (8 ounces each), equivalent to about 2 liters, or half a gallon. When the body is dehydrated, it slows down blood circulation so that the skin is not supplied with enough oxygen and nutrients. At this time, the skin will be susceptible to dryness, pale, slower recovery and regenerate as well. Therefore, maintain the habit of drinking enough 2 – 2.5 liters of water/day. Besides filtered water, you can use alternative drinks such as fresh fruit juice or green tea to provide more vitamins and minerals for the body.
Focus too much on your face yet forget your body
Skin is the largest organ of the body and the face only accounts for 4.5% (whole head is 9%), expert Margarita Lolis, MD, a dermatologist in Hackensack, New Jersey said. Don’t just focus on your face, dry skin on your body can make you more prone to eczema and itching. Look for products that contain moisturizers and ceramide to provide the best moisturizing effect. And don’t forget to take care of some areas of little concern such as your feet, elbows, knees, and scalp.