You see that up there? The universal sign of "Stop Doing (insert whatever it is that's behind that red slash with a circle)"...it's a clue as to what I'm covering today, ladies. Yup, you guessed it. Yesterday's fun was all about the best things we can do to keep our skin healthy. Today: the worst things we do, those habits and activities that we may not even know affects our skin. What are some of the worst offenders?
-- High-impact exercise. Yes, running helps to keep you from sagging in certain places, but that pounding on the pavement (or the treadmill) can lead to a sagging face -- it weakens the collagen in your skin. Better alternative to break a sweat? Using an elliptical machine or taking spinning class.
-- Constantly using a straw. Many dermatologists avoid straws all together. When you suck on the straw or water bottle top, you purse your lips and that leads to wrinkles and lines around your mouth.
-- Smoking. This is one habit we all know is bad for you on so many levels, and the impact it makes on your skin is just one more for the list. From causing wrinkles to the narrowing of blood vessels that prohibits oxygen and nutrients to flow, smoking is truly something to stop ASAP.
-- Switching skin products too often. The more you try new products, the more sensitive your skin becomes. In later years, this can lead to skin redness and more problems.
-- Cuddling too close to the fire. If you love crackling of the fire, be sure to keep at least 10-12 feet away. Being to close to the heat can breakdown collagen.
-- Being too stressed. When you are stressed, all sorts of stuff gets out of whack, including hormones that can cause acne or psoriasis. If you are stressed, be sure to be extra nice to your skin with soothing creams and masks.
Do you do any of these healthy skin offenders? What else do you avoid to keep your skin healthy?