16 things that are ruining your skin

1. Sleeping without cleansing your skin

We all do it at some point, the thing is: It does no good to your skin. It’s essential you remove makeup, excess oils, and dirt that your skin produces/absorbs during the day to avoid skin breakouts in the morning.

2. Dirty pillowcases
During the night your skin gets a chance to rest, produces its natural oils and shed its dead skin cells. Those oils and dead cells stay over time on your pillowcase, leaving behind bacterias and toxins. Always make sure you change your pillowcase every week and, of course, don’t forget to clean your face before going to bed.

3. Lots of products – overfeeding your skin
Overfeeding your skin with many products packed with lots of ingredients might get your skin in trouble. Sometimes, they even work in different directions so, it’s crucial that you understand what you are applying to your skin and choose products with few but effective ingredients that work with each other to give you a healthy complexion.

4. Not drinking enough water
The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water and without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

5. Dirty phone
It is probably the object we own that contains more bacterias and dirt and it’s in constant interaction with our face. Make sure you keep it clean every day.

“When you don’t get enough sleep, the body releases more cortisol and in excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin’s colagen”

6. Not enough sleep
We all have sleepless nights once in a while and sometimes wake up with huge eye bags/dark circles. However, it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to dull skin, fine lines and aging skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, the body releases more cortisol and in excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin’s collagen which is the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

7. Too much sodium and sugar
Fight your sweet tooth with fruits like pineapple.

8. Tap water
Our natural skin barrier PH is slightly acidic and tap water is alkaline. After washing your face your skin becomes slightly alkaline as well which leads to a skin barrier that is less effective, there is an increase of trans-epidermal water loss which makes it hard to retain moisture, leading to that dry, tight feeling. So, it is very important that every time you wash your face (& body) make sure you use a toner to keep your skin’s pH in healthy levels followed by your moisturizer or body cream.

9. Exfoliating too often
Over-exfoliating your skin can strip it of its necessary oils that are needed to a healthy complexion. If you over-exfoliate, your skin will believe that is running out of its natural oil production and will overproduce it to compensate – which leads to the opposite desired effect.

10. Stress
Not only can it cause blemishes, dullness, and rashes, but stress lines from facial movements will also ingrain in your skin over time. To avoid stress, take the time to do something you enjoy. Also, don’t forget to take a pause during your day to your facial fitness moment. It will improve tons your mood and help to relieve stress.

11. Not enough exercise
Exercise helps increase blood flow and gives you a healthy glowy skin. It also helps the body to flux out toxins and cleanse death skins cells that are expelled during perspiration.

12. Dirty makeup brushes
Not cleaning your makeup is like you are neglecting your tools and also means you’re neglecting to keep your skin healthy.
If you use a makeup brush too often you should clean it when it’s needed due to his use it has collected oil and dead skin cells, dust, bacteria and whatever else you just sprayed in the room and if you use it again you will be creating an environment for bacteria to fester. Those bacterias can cause infections like impetigo, or for products you use near the eyes, it may cause blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) so it will be only harmful to your skin and not healthy.
So make sure you use a cleanser to take out the dust from dirty brushes.

13. Long Hot Showers
We all love hot long showers but hot water can strip the natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry and vulnerable to cracking, especially in the winter.
Once in a while take a cool shower – it provides surprising health benefits from reducing inflammation to tighten your skin.
If you are going to turn up the heat, we advise applying an hydrating oil to the skin while it’s still moist, and within one minute of getting out of the shower or bath to help skin retain its moisture.

14. Bad Sleeping Habits
If you wake up all looking puffy maybe it is because of bad sleeping positions. Ideally, you should sleep on your back to protect your skin and reduce wrinkle formation.
You shouldn’t sleep on your stomach because it doesn’t support the natural curve of your spine, leading to overarching. This places pressure on joints and muscles forcing your neck to be in a rotated closed pack, tight position, which also compromises your breathing, circulation, and an imbalanced skin. Ultimately this leads to a dehydrated complexion, redness, and skin breakouts.
Sleeping on our back with your head slightly above with some pillows combats acid reflux, prevents facial wrinkles, skin breakouts and avoids bloated skin in the morning and puffy eyes.

15. Sleeping with your hair untied
It might feel nice to let your hair down while you are resting up but doing it so might mean waking up with breakouts.
Hair absorbs everything that’s in the air, especially pollution and dirt particles, which when in contact with the skin might cause breakouts and even allergies. Ideally, wear your hair in a loose ponytail or bun and not up too tight, which can cause damage to your strands. If you have curly hair, sleeping with a satin cap can help prevent breakage while keeping your curls intact.

16. Coffee & alcohol 
To keep skin looking as plump and youthful as possible, decrease your consumption of alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate the body. Excessive alcohol & coffee can also cause swelling or puffiness of the eyelids overnight and this is a significant contributor to the aging of the skin around the eyes.

"Beauty is a cultural concept. Skincare is humanist."

Diana V. Carriço, Founder