10 skin spoilers

Are you unwittingly ending up harming your skin by following these skin-unfriendly habits?

There is far too much advice available everywhere on caring for one’s skin. And we usually follow one that appeals most to us or one suggested to us by family and friends, who swear that it helps. However, some of those habits might actually be harming your skin rather than helping it.

Cleaning cuticles

Cleaning cuticlesThe cuticle attaches the nail plate to the nail bed. Cutting or digging into the cuticle, [an inherent part of manicures], separates the nail bed from the nail plate. This makes it easy for dirt, bacteria, fungi or viral bodies to enter the nail bed leading to infections, swelling, in-growing and yellow nails. While getting a manicure, inform the therapist to not touch the cuticles.

Nail extensions are another popular rage among women. Long-term use and poorly fitted nails can damage the nail bed and hamper natural nail growth. Fungal and bacterial infections can also occur easily, especially when there is even a minor trauma to the artificial nail.

Getting frequent facials

Fequent FacialsFacials are more of a feel good than a skin care routine. The massage and exotic creams simply make you feel pampered without really helping your skin. A study in India concluded that facials actually cause acne breakouts in 80 per cent of people.

Facials temporarily brighten your skin tone as the skin is thoroughly cleansed, but they have no long-term benefits beyond relaxation.

No amount of massage can stimulate collagen and tighten loose skin. On the contrary, the creams can clog pores and stimulate the sebaceous glands, leading to acne/pimples.

Exfoliating your face every day

The skin’s outmost layer protects us from dehydration and external dangers. It contains certain lipids that maintain a protective barrier. The layer also has a collection of water-soluble compounds known as natural moisturising factors [NMF] that absorb water from the atmosphere, combine it with their own water content to keep the skin hydrated despite exposure to sun, pollution and harsh elements. The lipid layer surrounding the skin cells prevent loss of NMF and helps ‘lock’ moisture in the skin.

Exfoliating the skin more than once a week damages the protective layer of the skin, making it sensitive and dry. This leads to flaking, increased susceptibility to rashes and redness as well as premature ageing in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation.

Daily scrubbing and exfoliation leads to:

  • Patchy areas of dryness
  • Loss of suppleness
  • Dull dry texture
  • Redness and itchiness
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Inflammatory acne and irritation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

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