1: Not wearing SPF daily. SPF Sun protection is essential every day, even if you won’t be in direct sunlight for long periods of time. There are plenty of moisturizers, foundation and BB creams that have an SPF great for daily use. BB creams are the new rage and we can see why! An all in one foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer and toner in one light application. Our favorite right now is Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream, SPF 50, a fantastic multitasking cream.
2: Sleeping in makeup. Sleeping with makeup on can lead breakouts, skin discoloration and bloodshot eyes. Don’t rob your skin of amazing benefits and results that good skin care provides by sleeping with your make up on occasionally.
3: Skipping skin exams. You should be seeing your doctor yearly for a skin examination. Always get your skin checked out and perform self-tests to see if there are any unusual skin changes in between. You know your body the best and any unusual discoloration or moles should be looked at by a dermatologist.
4: Not exfoliating regularly. Did you know that the average woman has almost 30 layers of dead skin cells on her face? Implementing exfoliation, once per week, into our skin care regime helps even skin tone, keeps pores from clogging, and helps to avoid dryness.
5: Rubbing your eyes. This is one you may forget, or not even realize you do, but it’s time to break the habit. The area around your eyes is the thinnest, most sensitive area of the face and should be handled gently. The more you rub it, the more it will stretch. Since there are no oil glands there, the skin has very little give. Repeated rubbing or pulling on the lids, even when putting in contact lenses, can cause skin to slacken and fine lines to form.
6: Constant Phone Chatter. Resting your chin or cheek against a phone—cell or old-school—can lead to breakouts. Use anti-bacterial wipes on your phone often, although whether or not the phone is clean, leaning your face against it can cause friction and heat, which can make you break out. If your chatting habit is too ingrained to shake, consider a headset.
7: Popping pimples and zits. We know, we know, it’s tempting. But the reality is that squeezing a pimple just pushes bacteria deeper into the pores, causing inflammation, infection, and scarring—and almost doubling the zit’s life span (from about one week to two). Here’s what you should do: Use a spot treatment with no more than 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide at night, and reapply it to major zits in the morning.
8: Smoking. Like you need another reason to quit? Seriously—it’s time. Because if you keep smoking, you’ll not only damage your health, but you’ll develop more and more deep wrinkles and blotchier skin tone. In fact, every decade of smoking results in a perceived extra 2.5 years of age!
9: Ignoring Your Neck and Chest. Skin care doesn’t stop at your jawline. These areas are almost always exposed, and yet they rarely receive same level of hydration and sun protection as the face. But the skin there is more delicate and just as vulnerable to photoaging. The fix is simple: The next time you apply serum, face cream or sunscreen or give yourself an exfoliating treatment, extend everything down to your décolletage.
10: Tanning. Stay away from tanning beds and tanning in the sunlight! Luminosity has always promoted safe sunless tanning. You can achieve that sun kissed glow in a completely safe and organic solution. We only used VersaSpa and Norvell products, top of the line when it comes to naturalness, color and safety. Choose from a private spray booth or a customized airbrush tan by a certified technician.
Make your Skin Health and Beauty a priority in 2014!