Skin is one of the most sensitive and delicate parts of our body. Therefore it requires proper care and nourishment. 

Due to its delicate nature, it is prone to several damages and ailments. 

There are times when we unintentionally end up damaging our skin because of certain lifestyle habits.

So it is very important to know about those common things we do every day that might, in turn, damage our skin.

14 Things That Harm Our Skin

Here are some skin-damaging habits that we should quit in order to get healthy skin...

1. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

This is one of the most terrible skin-damaging habits. 

Falling asleep without removing your makeup leads to bacterial infections, clogged pores that can cause pimples and acne breakouts. 

Apart from that it can also result in dark patches and can cause dryness and allergic reactions at the time because the chemicals from your makeup product can have adverse effects on your skin overnight.

Therefore make it a point to remove your makeup before you go to bed. 

It is even better to moisturize your skin with good face lotion or moisturizer before going to bed to keep your skin safe and healthy.

2. Not Getting Enough Sleep

Getting the recommended eight hours of beauty sleep will not only help you look refreshed, but it will also replenish and rehydrate skin. 

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Not getting a good night's sleep can result in dull skin and clogged pores. Apart from that improper sleep can also give you dark circles and wrinkles.

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Make it a point to improve your sleep cycle and plan your schedule in such a way so that you get at least eight hours of sleep every day.

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3. Shower The Right Way

The heat from prolonged showers can lead to dry skin, but so can your shower head. 

With all the purifying agents used to filter public water, the chemical builds up on skin over time is very common. 

It can damage your skin by causing allergic reactions, acne breakouts and many more.

Therefore get a shower head filter that will filter out harmful chemicals like chlorine before the water reaches your skin.

4. Dirty Pillowcases

At night your skin gets a chance to rest and shed its dead cells. Those dead cells can build up over time on your pillowcase, leaving behind bacteria and toxins. 

These bacterias can cause skin damage if you keep using the same pillowcase for a long time. 

In order to keep skin healthy, make sure you change your pillowcase at least once every two weeks.

5. Stress


Stress is a heavyweight knockout when it comes to your skin. Not only can it cause blemishes, dullness, and rashes, but stress lines from facial movements will also ingrain in your skin over time. 

To avoid stress, take time to do something you enjoy like yoga, reading, or cooking.

6. Too Much AC

Too much of AC can actually harm your skin. 

Cool air can reduce moisture and make your skin dry. Therefore try to reduce your AC to a normal temperature.

7. Tweezing Too Often

Over-tweezing brows can cause major damage to your skin. 

It might cause rashes and can also open up the pores. Apart from that, it can also cause bacterial infection if you use unwashed tweezers.

Therefore always wash tweezers with antibacterial soap. Then, prep skin by placing a hot towel over the area to open up your pores. After your tweezing session, soothe your skin with aloe lotion to avoid ingrown hairs.

8. Don't Skip Meals

Well, we all know that proper nutrition is the foundation of good health. And the same applies to good skin. 

If you skip your meals more often, your skin does not get all the proper nutrients like Vitamins, calcium, fibre etc. This, in turn, can result in many skin problems.

Therefore try not to skip meals and also make sure you consume a balanced diet.

9. Washing Your Face Too Much

You must be wondering why I am saying that washing your face more often can damage your skin. 

Cleansing your skin is indeed a non-negotiable part of any skin-care routine, but an excess of everything is bad. 

Washing your skin more than twice per day can strip it of its natural oils and leave it more vulnerable to aggressors and pollutants. This can lead to damage to your skin and cause allergic reactions and rashes.

10. Switching To New Skincare Products More Often

Skin Products

We know that change is a part of life and we don't really want to stick to the same thing for a long time. But when it comes to your skin you might change your thoughts a little bit. Because over experimenting can actually harm your skin. 

Changing products too often increases the risk of skin sensitivities. So, if you have a solid skin routine with products that work for you, stick to it.

11. Squeezing Pimples

We all have that habit of squeezing our pimples. But, that is actually a bad idea because this, in turn, can result in multiple breakouts. 

Apart from this, squeezing pimples just pushes bacteria deeper into your skin and transfers new germs from your fingers causing inflammation, irritation and scarring.

12. Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for health. But do you know that it not only damages your lungs but your skin as well?

Smoking decreases blood flow, which contributes to skin wrinkling. Gray, pale and wrinkled facial skin is often referred to as "cigarette skin". 

Smoking also slows wound healing and increases the risk of developing psoriasis or worsening psoriasis symptoms. Smoking increases wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

13. Skipping Sunscreen

Sunscreen is important every single day because many skin problems are caused or exacerbated by sun damage, sunscreen is the best treatment in your skincare routine. 

Most importantly, sunscreen is your first line of defence against skin cancer.

By wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, you can shield your skin from all kinds of harmful rays which can damage your skin.

14. Taking Hot Showers

If you have a habit of taking regular hot showers, stop it immediately. Because but they can lead to dry, scaly, and irritated skin. 

This is because high temperatures can strip the skin of its natural moisture and barrier protection, especially when coupled with soap.

Therefore make sure that you stop taking hot showers regularly.


Apart from the above-mentioned causes, certain other factors like excessive alcohol consumption, junk food, too much of sugar, intentional skin tanning etc may also damage your skin. 

Therefore try to stay away from these habits and plan a good skincare regime. Hope this article gave you an idea on what to avoid when it comes to your skin.

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