32 Skin Care Tips: What Not To Do

skin care mistakesAll of the beauty mistakes seem to be coming out of the woodwork this week. Now we have another set of things not to do, according to this slide show I came across this week by Real Beauty entitled “33 Surprising Things That Can Ruin Skin”. Actually there are only 32 skin care tips but we won’t gripe about that ๐Ÿ™‚

Not all of the things in the slide show were a surprise to me, but some of them were and some of them were useful reminders. Other I’m convinced are just myths but if I’m wrong about that, please let me know in the comments. I’ll list all the points anyway so you can see what you think.



If you don’t rinse the chlorine from the pool off properly after your swim, it can continue to react with anything you use afterwards. What came as a surprise to me is that plain water is NOT enough to rinse off the chlorine and you have to use extra sudsy soap or body wash to do the job properly. I don’t do a lot of swimming in chlorinated pools (it affects my eyes too much) but I’ll be sure to remember this tip if I do.


Falling Asleep With Your Makeup On

I can’t believe this is a surprise to anyone over the age of 14 who has ever gone to bed with her makeup on and woken up with a less than dewy complexion, still, there might be someone….



Drinking coffee makes your skin dry according to the slide show but having looked for the scientific evidence for this, it seems to be a myth so I’m not inclined to believe it. A lot of caffeine does make you anxious and jittery though which is not good for your looks in general, so try and keep it to no more than 2 or 3 cups a day.

“Researchers used to believe that caffeinated drinks had a diuretic effect. This means that you would urinate more after drinking them, which could increase your risk of becoming dehydrated. Recent research shows that this is not true and that caffeine has a diuretic effect only if you consume large amounts of it โ€” more than 500 to 600 milligrams (the equivalent of 5 to 7 cups of coffee) a day.”

Source: Mayo Clinic

Popping and Picking at Pimples

You know your skin will only get worse if you do that even if you can’t resist the urge. No surprise here.


Losing Weight By Skimping on Good Food

Your skin needs the best nutrition that you can give it, so no skipping meals or vital nutrients to lose a few pounds. Make sure you get the full range of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats to boost the condition of your skin.


Hot Showers

The hotter your shower the more it washes away the healthy lipid barrier and leaves you with dry depleted skin. See more info about this in 10 Steps to Combat Dry Skin in Winter. Have cooler, shorter showers if you want to keep your skin healthy.


New Products

Make sure you try out new products on an inconspicuous area of skin, like your forearm, so you don’t get an allergic reaction on your face. This one is especially worth doing

  • if the instructions tell you to do it – follow them
  • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to anything
  • if it is a product to use near your eyes

Not Drinking Enough Water

I hear this tip over and over from beauty blogs, so I doubt it’s a surprise to anyone. There’s no real scientific evidence that it will affect your skin unless you are very hydrated indeed. However, many dermatologists swear it makes a difference and it won’t do you any harm to drink a liter or so of water a day, so why not do it?


Chatting On Your Cell Phone

I really didn’t think about this but if you are going to chat on the phone make sure that it is free of bacteria. Germs on your phone can cause a breakout around your jawline and cheek where you hold the phone. You can use anti-bacterial wipes to clean it.


Hair Products

Cover your face when you apply hair spray and use a sweat band at the gym so residue from your hair does not drip down your face. A surprise to me, I looked it up and even the government site Medline Plus agrees that acne can be triggered by hair products, so keep them off your face if you are prone to developing pimples around your forehead.



Remember to keep these clean. Just like your cell phone, they can harbor bacteria and cause breakouts. (Hangs head in shame. Can’t remember the last time I cleaned mine. Off to get my wipes…)


Yo-Yo Dieting

You might be fed up losing the same 10 or 20 pounds over and over but your skin is even more fed up than you being constantly made to stretch and shrink. A stable weight is much better for your skin, but if you want to lose weight, lose it slowly and keep it off unless you want your skin to lose elasticity and sag.


Not Getting Enough Sleep

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Try not to burn the candle at both ends.


Eating Salty Snacks

I can’t find any evidence for this tip, but salt (and high calorie snacks) are bad for you in other ways so you may as well skip them.


Not Getting Your Eyes Tested Regularly

If you need to squint to see properly, then you will be adding nicely to the crows feet around your eyes. Ditto, if you are having to squint in the sun. Use good quality sunglasses to avoid your eyes going prematurely crinkly.



Removing hair by waxing too often can cause skin bumps and ingrown hairs especially in sensitive areas.


Shower Water Chemicals

Real Beauty says:-

“With all the purifying agents used these days to filter public water, chemical build up on skin over time is very common. Invest in a shower head filter to fight off dry skin caused by chlorine and other elements.”

I suppose this one depends on where you live and what they do to the water but it’s a new one on me. Scary that the shower you use to get clean can be a polluting factor too.


Forgetting Your Lips

Care for your lips with hydrating lipsticks and lip balms. I like good old Vaseline ๐Ÿ™‚


Not Changing Your Pillowcase

A lot of debris and bacteria can build up there so make sure you change your pillowslip often.


Over Exfoliation

Just because exfoliation is good for your skin, does not mean more is necessarily better. I think there is such a thing as skin fitness where you have to build up the level of exfoliation over time. See How to Exfoliate for Clear Beautiful Skin for guidelines on how to exfoliate properly without damaging your skin.



Frowning and pouting will create ugly lines on your face so try not to go about with an angry or tense expression. I suppose that is what brought us Botox though I have managed to resist that so far. Should you give up smiling too? No! Somehow the lines you get from smiling are not so bad ๐Ÿ™‚


Reduce Stress

The effects of stress show on your skin and cause lines too so learn to take it easy and relax with something like meditation or yoga.


Excess Sugar

Real Beauty claims too much sugar affects the collagen in your skin but this may be another myth without scientific proof. We do know that too much sugar is bad for you in other ways though so you might as well give up excess candy whether it helps your skin or not.


Not Enough Exercise

Exercise is great for your whole body including your skin. I’m sure you know you need to exercise. “Just Do It” as the saying goes.


Dry Cleaning

There are lots of toxins used in dry cleaning that you don’t want anywhere near your skin. The slide show suggests removing the plastic from your dry cleaning as soon as possible and not just before you wear the clothes so the chemicals have a chance to dissipate. Or just buy washable clothes, especially those you wear next to your skin…


Sun Burn

I am sure you know by now to protect your skin from the sun but it seems you need to be extra cautious about the arm which is exposed more to the sun when you’re driving or in the passenger seat in summer. I’ll have to take that tip on board as useful for some of you, never having lived in any place with enough sun to make this an issue ๐Ÿ™



Too much alcohol can make you feel terrible the next day but does it harm your skin? Probably. “Just DON’T Do It” rather than “Just Do it” in this case.


Saunas and Steam Rooms

Real Beauty says

“These spa treats can cause sagging (as they break down elasticity and natural collagen in the skin) over time.”

Oh dear, I always thought they were good for your skin. What are they doing in every beauty spa? Shouldn’t someone tell them? There will also be more than a few million Scandinavians upset about that. Actually there are many places online claiming saunas give your skin a lift, rather than causing it to sag and there seems to be no scientific evidence either way that Google wants to show me, so make of that what you will.


Air Conditioning

Turning up your air conditioner keeps you nice and cool in summer but it also strips the air, and your skin, of moisture. Keep the A/C as low as possible if you must use it.



You don’t need a yellow tinge from the nicotine or wrinkles around your mouth from puffing on a cigarette, nor do you need lung cancer, bad breath etc etc etc I’m sure there’s no need to tell you that. If you’re not a smoker steer clear of other people’s smoke too and avoid the damaging effects of passive smoking.


Wearing Makeup All The Time

Let your skin breathe every now and then.


Over Tweezing Brows

Be careful not to damage your skin when tidying up your brows. Clean your tweezers so that you don’t introduce bacteria to vulnerable skin.

Do you have any more skin care enemies to add?

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