Skincare isn’t easy. Everyone’s skin is different and requires a unique routine for an even, healthy complexion. What you may not realize is a lot of our daily habits – and even parts of our skincare routines – are giving us bad skin. Yikes!

Here are a few unlikely habits that ultimately result in unhealthy skin.

Beyond The Obvious Culprits

Popping pimples is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. This can lead to scarring, hyperpigmentation, and ruptures beneath the skin that lead to more breakouts. However, you may not realize parts of your skincare routine may be the reason your skin isn’t as healthy as it should be.

Over-exfoliating, for example, can lead to irritation and inflammation because this action essentially strips the outer of the skin composed of water and oil. Keep exfoliation to no more than two times each week, and try to use gentle exfoliants while you’re at it.

Using gentle compounds on your skin is majorly important because the harshness of certain chemicals can lead to acne, dryness, and inflammation. Some harsh acne solutions can actually cause acne. What’s more, you should avoid any skincare product that contains alcohol. Although these “solutions” may wipe away oil in the short term, long-term use can result in dryness, erosion of the surface of the skin, and negatively affect how the skin renews itself. Specifically, look for SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, or, isopropyl alcohol in any of your current or future products.

And when it comes to using skin care products, keep it simple. The more products you use, the more distress your skin will be in. Find a simple routine and utilize just a handful of items to avoid stressing out your skin more than necessary.

Getting Your Beauty Sleep

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason, ladies. Staying up until the wee hours of the night isn’t doing your skin any favors and will start to harm your skin more and more as you age. This is because the body repairs itself while you sleep. Getting anywhere from seven to nine quality hours of sleep each night will result in fewer wrinkles, a better complexion, and less puffy under eye bags.

If you happen to get less sleep because you’re bar hopping, your skin is in for even more damage. Drinking alcohol causes inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. This results in dullness, enlarged pores, skin discoloration, fine lines, sagging, and the worst of the worst – wrinkles. Drinking alcohol in excess can also change the way the blood flows to your skin and negatively affect your appearance for several days after drinking. Even after you pass out from a long, booze-filled night, alcohol interrupts your sleep, which you now know is a major factor in keeping a healthy complexion.

Once you do hit the bed, remember to remove your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you sleep can clog pores, leading to acne. What’s more, sleeping in your makeup can expose your skin to free radicals. These chemicals naturally bind to makeup and break down collagen in your face while you’re asleep. The less collagen present, the more wrinkles that form.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body. Therefore, even the smallest, seemingly insignificant habits can take their toll.

Not drinking enough water is a poor habit on its own, but the effects of dehydration on the skin can kickstart early aging. Generally, you should drink at least two liters of water every day to delay wrinkles and fine lines, combat skin disorders, and improve your digestion which helps remove toxins from the body.