16 Things You Do Every Single Day That Torture Your Skin

Your skin will get revenge in the form of wrinkles.

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​Your skin is basically an ill-tempered five-year-old: cranky, high-maintenance, and takes things personally. Every time you do something wrong, it fires back by going dull, breaking out, and showing signs of aging.

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16 No-Good, Very Bad Skin Habits

These habits are holding you back from the glowing, perfectly even, clear-pored skin of your dreams. How many are you guilty of?


1. Not wearing sunscreen on non-sunny days

Even when it's overcast, those aging UV rays can get you. Need a sunscreen recommendation? Find your SPF soulmate.

2. Picking at your face

You know you shouldn't, but it's so tempting. But it can lead to acne scars, so stop it.

3. Not taking your makeup off before bed

This not only gives your makeup time to clog pores, but you're interrupting your skin's overnight repair process. And yes, you even have to wash off mineral makeup too.

At the very least, keep some makeup wipes on your bedside table for the times when you just can't.

4. Not rinsing right after the gym

This can cause breakouts not only on your face but on your back, too.


5. Having the same morning and nighttime routines

Your skin needs protection during the day and ingredients that help it repair at night. Here's exactly how your A.M. and P.M. processes should differ.

6. Reaching for the same washcloth several nights in a row

Ideally, you should be washing them after every use because the moisture in them allows bacteria to grow. And bacteria wasn't invited to this skin party.

7. Ignoring antioxidants like vitamin C

These ingredients kill aging free radicals, and they're your best defense against fine lines.

8. Not using the right motion when you cleanse

According to one facialist, you need to "glide your fingertips, covered with cleanser, up over your nose, onto your forehead, around the eyes, and down the cheeks until you reach your chin. Kind of like doing mini breaststrokes on your face."


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9. Failing to take your makeup off before you work out

Hello, clogged pores!

10. Not reapplying your sunscreen

Every two hours. No excuses.

11. Relying on facial wipes as your only cleansing tactic

They'll work in a pinch, and they're great for taking off makeup before you wash, but as one dermatologist explained, they leave behind a film that can dry out your skin.

12. Using expired makeup

It's grosser than you think.

13. Not applying enough sunscreen

The amount you use per application should fill a shot glass.

14. Taking hot showers

It dries out your skin. Lukewarm is your goal.


15. Not washing your makeup brushes once a week

Not to freak you out, but one woman got MSRA this way.

16. Skipping little areas like your ears, scalp, and the backs of your hands when you put on sunscreen

Everywhere you have skin, you should have sunblock on.

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Beth Shapouri is a freelance beauty and wellness writer. Follow her on Twitter for more.