We’ll spare you the poor-skin-care no-brainers: smoking, sleeping with your makeup on, not drinking enough water, overdoing it on the peanut-butter cups… But there’s a whole bunch of skin sins you’re committing without even knowing it. Here are seven bad habits you can break now for a clearer, healthier face.
SLEEPING ON THE WRONG PILLOWCASE
That cotton pillowcase that came with your sheet set is not going to cut it (especially if you’ve slept on it for more than a week without washing it). Switch to silk, which has antimicrobial properties to keep germs at bay.
REUSING YOUR WASHCLOTH
A wet washcloth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mildew, so buy a ten-pack and throw them in the washing machine after every shower.
SCRUBBING YOUR FACE WITH BODY EXFOLIANT
Gentle exfoliants (like those little blue beads in your daily face wash) are totally fine. But before you sand off the top layer of your skin with a harsh apricot scrub, remember that overexfoliating can cause even more disruption and breakouts.
“Beauty sleep” is real. Sure, we can’t always get a perfect eight hours a night, but aiming for at least seven will help your skin produce more collagen and rehydrate as you sleep.
USING OLD MAKEUP BRUSHES
With every use, makeup brushes pick up dead skin cells, oil and bacteria from your face. Reapplying the same dirty stuff to your face the next day can wreak havoc on your skin–wash brushes once a week with good old-fashioned dish soap.