Things that are bad for your skin

Things That Are Bad For Your Skin – Are You Sabotaging Your Appearance?

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As much as you may be trying your best to keep your skin in good condition, there are things that are bad for your skin that you probably didn’t even realise you were doing and sometimes those little bad habits are undoing all that effort and causing more damage than you could imagine.

Do you think you have your skincare down to a fine art but still something isn’t right? Have a look below and see if you are guilty of any of the following skin care crimes that could be undoing all your hard work.

Sleeping In Makeup

Sleeping In Makeup

Sleeping in makeup is one of those things that most of us are guilty of at some point. Whether it’s because we’ve been out on the town till all hours of the morning or maybe we’ve just had too long a day and don’t have the energy to cleanse before hitting the pillow. But not removing our makeup at night can cause all sorts of damage to our skin.

Our skin repairs itself at night but can not do that effectively if it’s covered in a thick layer of makeup. It can leave us with dry, dull and blotchy skin and can also clog pores which can result in acne. It can also cause premature aging and fine lines from all the pollutants that have clung to our makeup throughout the day that we also haven’t removed.


We all love a good exfoliant but it turns out that some of us may be exfoliating too much or too aggressively. Exfoliating too hard or too often can remove too much skin and leave it extremely dry, sensitive and irritated. Some of us don’t even realise that many of today’s products already have an exfoliating effect, so you could be unknowingly using a number of different products from cleansers to moisturisers that all contain exfoliating ingredients therefore mildly exfoliating with every single product you use multiple times a day!

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is so important to us on so many different levels both mentally and physically and insufficient sleep can be seriously detrimental to our appearance. Not getting enough sleep can cause dark circles and bags around our eyes which can add years to our face. Also, the stress and depression from lack of sleep can cause premature aging, not to mention that our skin is not getting the full repair time that it needs if we’re not getting enough rest.

Eating The Wrong Foods

People always say that you are what you eat and that statement couldn’t be truer when it comes to our skin. We need a lot of different vitamins and minerals for not only a healthy body but also for healthy skin too. A bad diet can actually be the cause of many different skin problems, not to mention that a lack of certain vitamins and minerals can cause the signs of premature aging as well as other skin issues.

Using The Wrong Products

As we all have different skin, we should be using products that are specifically formulated for our own skin type. Just because something worked wonders for our friend doesn’t mean it’s going to work wonders for us. Using the wrong products could be causing further problems to already problematic skin like applying a drying product to skin that is already dry. We should stick to products that are made specifically for our particular skin type.

Not Applying Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of the most important pieces of our skincare routine that we should never be without. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of premature aging and even in the middle of winter on a cloudy day, we should still be wearing sunscreen. Investing in a moisturiser with built-in SPF is a good way to stay protected.

Sleeping On A Cotton Pillowcase

Sleeping On Cotton Pillowcases

This is an interesting one. Apparently sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can eventually cause permanent lines and wrinkles on our face. We’ve all woken up with that sleep crease on our face that eventually goes away as the morning goes on and apparently it’s because your face doesn’t slide around freely on a cotton pillowcase so you end up with lines where your face has been pressed against the pillow all night and eventually those lines can become permanent.

Cotton also absorbs moisture so it’s stealing it from your face leaving you with dryer skin. It can also affect the condition of our hair too. Instead, opt for satin or silk pillowcases to prevent this. People who have made the switch, swear by it and say that their skin is much smoother and softer.

Popping Pimples

We all know that this one is bad but it doesn’t stop us from doing it. Attacking a pimple can not only make it worse, it can actually spread it. The bacteria from the popped pimple could spread into further pores causing more pimples. A pimple could also become infected with other bacteria from under your nails and worst case scenario, you could end up with permanent scarring. It’s best to leave it well alone and let it go down in its own time.

Using Dirty Makeup Brushes

Using Dirty Makeup Brushes

Using dirty makeup brushes is basically putting a whole ton of bacteria and dirt straight back on your freshly cleansed face every time you use them. They can be filled with all sorts of germs and may cause blocked pores, skin irritation and acne breakouts. Your makeup brushes should be cleaned at least once a week but in some cases depending on the products and frequency of use, you may need to clean them daily.

Applying Products In The Wrong Order

Well, although this is not necessarily bad for your skin, you’re probably not getting all the benefits that you should be getting from your products if you’re doing this. The general rule of thumb is that products should be applied by starting with the thinnest and ending with the thickest. Thinner products will have great difficulty trying to penetrate through thicker ones if you apply them the other way round meaning that you’re not getting the full benefits of those lighter products.

Not Washing Sheets And Pillowcases Enough

Our pillowcases and sheets can be covered in everything ranging from dead skin, oil from our face or hair, old makeup, you name it, our sheets are probably covered in it. Not cleaning our sheets regularly enough means that all that yucky stuff is getting all over our skin causing anything from skin irritation to breakouts. Bed sheets should be washed at least once a week especially our pillowcases.

Are You Guilty Of Any Of These

Well, I don’t know about you but I can certainly relate to this because I’m guilty of quite a few of these things. What about you guys? Have you or do you repeatedly commit any of the above skin care crimes? Please feel free to share your stories in the comments below. I know one thing that I’ll be taking away from this, I’ll be going out to buy a silk or satin pillowcase!




  • Martina

    Wow I had no idea about the silk pillowcases and actually didn’t know about the pimple popping either! I thought this was harmless and actually a good way to get them out of the way faster…OOPS!

    Thanks for sharing! What do you think about exercise for clearing skin? I’ve heard that sweating a lot can detoxify your skin and leave it a lot clearer?

    Also when you cleanse your face do you use cold or hot water?

    • Jessie

      Hi Martina

      Exercise is great for the skin as long as you don’t forget to cleanse afterward and lukewarm water is best. Both hot and cold water can dry out your skin and cause irritation.

  • Emma

    Haha I was absentmindedly rubbing a pimple then read about how you should leave them alone! Thanks for reminding me 🙂
    Did you know that washing your face twice a day with hot water and a facecloth actually prevents pimples! I am 19 and hardly had any pimples throughout my teenage years because I washed my face every day! It gets rid of the oils that build up on the skin.
    I enjoyed reading through your site!

    • Jessie

      Hi Emma

      LOL, we all do it. You’re very lucky to have such good skin, however, hot water can be extremely drying so lukewarm water would be my preference but I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Basem

    I can honestly say that I do eat the wrong food, I’m a college student and it’s really horrible living alone especially food wise lol. I used to stay up most nights studying and doing my assignments but starting last fall I changed my sleeping times and I feel way better since then, time management is the most important thing.

    • Jessie

      Hi Basem

      I agree. It’s not easy when you’re studying. Sleep and diet can have such an impact on our appearance not to mention our overall sense of wellbeing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Elizabeth

    Great post! Very informative! There’s even information about our skin that I wasn’t aware of. Thank you for that! Keep it coming!

  • Mariasketch

    Hi Jessie!I was just smiling while reading your article as I’m definitely guilty of a few of this things! The most surprising part is about the cotton pillowcases! I love cotton pillowcases as they are comfortable but for the sake of my skin,guess I will have to get something else.What sunscreen spf would you recommend for someone in their mid 30’s?

    • Jessie

      Hi Maria

      I know, the cotton pillowcases got me too. Research suggests that we should all be using at the absolute minimum SPF 30 regardless of age and climate and make sure it’s broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB). I hope that helps.

  • Axton

    Even for those who do not make up, not sleeping enough and eating the wrong food is hard to avoid in our daily lives. Thanks for the great post.

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