In my 15 years in the Cosmetics industry I've seen it all, the bad habits people have that don't know any better and the bad habits that they keep on doing even though they know they're bad. Most the bad habits are ones I've personally had and over the years and regretted, but seen results from quitting. Here are a few things that you should and shouldn't be doing
1. I Don’t Wash My Face At Night
Oh you thought sleeping with a full face of makeup on was good for your skin? So did Paris Hilton in her book Confessions of an Heiress, but I highly doubt she still is 11 years later. I can't tell you how many girls sit in my chair, I'm removing their 17 layers of built up mascara and lash glue and all their lashes are falling out. "Why do my lashes keep falling out"... Um... Well princess, the tar from your waterproof mascara and the lash glue you keep re-applying are clogging the hair follicles, making the hairs weak, and they're falling out. Remove it every night. Oh and those layers of foundation and colour you're wearing all day? Pollution from the environment sits on top of their and when you sleep with it on, it all absorbs into your skin, leaving the skin red, blemish prone, and blotchy looking. Even if you're not wearing makeup, remember that everywhere you've been during the day, a little bit of that is left on your face. For those oh so lazy, buy some wipes (Ole Henrikson Makeup Removing Wipes are great and remove waterproof makeup) leave them by your bed and wipe away your sins before bed.
2. I Don’t Use Eye Cream
So you wear eye makeup, tug and pull at the eyes applying and removing it eh? Well that’s aging your eyes. The skin around the eyes is super thin, which means it will age faster than the rest of your skin with no fat or collagen under it to make it look plump. I started using eye cream at 15, because I’m pretty neurotic about these things, but I recommend anyone over the age of 18 use an eye cream for preventative measures, day and night to help keep the skin hydrated and soft. Try Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream is a good starter
3. I Go Tanning
We all know better than to go to tanning beds, but I know, they feel like happiness and dreams, I had a tanning membership off and on from ages 16-26 and I’m fully paying for it now. In our younger years we don’t think about the consequences, but so maybe of out parents can attest to the fact that sun damage doesn’t rear its ugly face until much further down the road. You may love that deep brown skin now, but the deep brown sunspots will be an evil reminder in 20 years. Now I love the beach, and will not stop going out in the sun all summer, there are “safe” ways to tan, use sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours. The quicker you burn without sunscreen, the high the sunscreen you should be wearing. I have medium olive skin, and don’t really burn, so I start my summer off with SPF30 on my face and SPF15 on my body, as the summer goes on I move to SPF15 Face and SPF6 body (Lancaster Sun Tan Deepener SPF6 is my JAM). Am I still getting some sun damage? Of course, but Istvan likes his colour and will burn off the sun damage with lasers and retinoids all winter.
4. I Don’t Wear Sunscreen
Did you know you get more sun damage in your daily activities than laying out by the pool all day? When you’re in the sun for an extended period of time your skin puts up its natural defenses giving you some natural protection (especially if you have a good amount of Omegas in your diet), but intermittent sun exposure causes the skin to only take in the bad. I recommend wearing an SPF30 daily. Now I am definitely a culprit of this bad habit, at 12 years old I would wash, tone, and moisturize w/ SPF15 every day, as an adult I NEVER wore sunscreen. Only until about 2 years ago did I start using a sunscreen regularly, and its made the biggest difference in my skin. I hate the texture of most suncreens, they either burn or make my skin itch like fire ants are crawling all over. Experiment, see which works better for you skin either mineral or chemical or a combo of both. Mineral sunscreens reflect light (Titanium and Zinc) and last longer, but sometimes the small particles can irritate the skin. Chemical sunscreens (Those crazy names you can’t pronounce) absorb light so it doesn’t hit your skin, and lose potency after 2 hours. My skin reacts best with a combo heavy on the chemical side, I love the Tony Moly My Sunny Watery Sun Gel SPF30, it feels like water that goes on and disappears.
5. I Don’t Moisturize
I can’t tell you how many people I have told me “Oh I have oily skin, I don’t need to moisturize” um yeah you do. Remember me talking about all the pollutants in the air? They all sit on your skin throughout the day causing free radical damage, aging, acne, redness, and irritation, basically jacking up your skin. If you balance out your oily skin by adding a little water based moisture (Dr Jart+ Water-Sure Gel is great) it won’t produce so much oil and your skin will feel balanced. I’ve also heard a lot of people saying nothing has worked for them and they’re using coconut oil as their moisturizer, all the people who have said this to me have the worst black heads I’ve ever seen, like black black black blackheads, its gross. If you’re going to use coconut oil, don’t skimp; buy that $30 bottle from Whole Foods.
6. I Eat Like Crap
When I was 19 I moved out on my own, and like every child on their own I ate exactly how I wanted, McDonalds, Pizza Rolls w/ Ranch, and Haagen-Dazs. Now I did know to get a bottled water with my McDonalds order, I quit soda at 15 and the small amount of acne I had immediately went away. The saying “You are what you eat” does have a lot of merit. A diet rich in Omegas (salmon), Good Fats (olive oil, avocado), lots of water, and Anti-Oxidants (think of eating an entire rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables) helps keep your body happy and your skin glowing from within. I completely understand that this isn’t so easy to do every day, especially if you travel a lot and have a busy schedule. I make sure to get all my missed nutrients in pill form, having a mother who’s a Naturopathic Doctor has definitely helped with this! I take vitamins, omegas, an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity aka anti-oxidants), minerals, herbal supplements, and probiotics every day to keep my health up and my skin refreshed. If you’re interested in a supplement regime I’m more than happy to help you out, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Natures Sunshine page to scout out the supplement brand I’ve been taking for almost 20 years.
7. I Don’t Exfoliate
You can have the most expensive face cream in the world, but if you have a bunch of dead skin piling up, the moisturizer won’t make it past the first layer of your skin. It’s important to sloth off those dead layer 2-3 times a week, this stimulates the skin and reveals a brighter more radiant complexion, and also allows for your products to work so much better! I’m personally a fan of enzymatic and chemical exfoliates vs. a physical/granular exfoliatant. The Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel is my favorite exfoliator, the $60 bottle will last at least a year, I had a bottle for 2 years once, I swear it replenishes itself.
8. I Don’t Get Facial
Sometimes all the steps you’re doing at home just don’t cut it and you need to boost up your routine. A visit to the estheticians office can help you get your skincare routine back on track! I love to go get a facial massage, chemical peel, and micro current facials. These are great supplements to your routine, if you can afford them, go once a month, if its something you can’t do all the time, save up and go twice a year, your skin will thank you.
If you’re in SoCal go visit my girlfriend Jessica at Definitions Salon and Spa 951-371-3410 she’s taught me so much about skincare and tools I can’t even begin to explain
9. I Overdraw My Lip Liner
So this doesn’t have to do with skincare, it’s just a faux pas that annoys the shit out of me. When you overdraw your lip liner the only person you’re fooling is yourself, save some time (and embarrassment) and go get some filler.