These 6 Things Might Be Impacting Your Skin

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Care is literally in the name of the game when it comes to skincare — and that care can follow you all throughout life. There’s so much that goes into properly looking after your skin. One of the primary steps is ensuring that you have a great skincare routine to take care of what actually goes on your face. Formulating a skincare routine can take a lot of time and effort, but it’s almost always worth it in the end when you get comfortable with a process that works for you.

However, some people find that changing up the routine itself just doesn’t cut it — that even when using the most sensitive and high quality products, they still can’t seem to clear things up. Really, this is no surprise, and it isn’t because some people are destined for problem skin forever. It’s simply because there’s so much more to skincare than what products you use. There are so many things that can affect your skin, and some of them you may not even expect. Here are six things that might be impacting your skin.

  1. Your Diet

While everyone has a vague idea of the fact that what you eat can affect your skin, it isn’t always easy to get to the bottom of things for you personally. Food affects everyone differently, and that means what works for one person may not work for another. You may need to try out eliminating problem foods until you find the solution you’re looking for. Sometimes, even the most inflammatory foods will be all right with you while a traditionally safe food may set you off. You never know until you try.

That being said, there are a few foods that are universally considered bad for the skin, which you should maybe try cutting out first. Animal products — specifically dairy and cheese — gluten, fried foods, caffeine and added sugars tend to be some of the worst culprits. Those foods tend not to be great for you anyway, so your body may thank you later in more ways than one.

  1. Alcohol

Unfortunately, alcohol isn’t great for the skin. While it may be fun to throw back a few cocktails or have a glass of wine on the weekends, drinking before a photoshoot or big event where you want your skin totally clear probably isn’t the best idea. Alcohol can cause both inflammation and dehydration, basically dubbing it as the worst trap for any skin type. If you find that alcohol bothers your skin a lot, try reducing your alcohol intake and staying especially hydrated when you do choose to have a drink or two.

  1. Air Quality

While there often isn’t much you can do about this one, the air quality in your city or town can sometimes be the culprit when it comes to breakouts, sebum and texture on the skin. Look up what the air quality is like in your city. If the answers aren’t to your liking, you may want to consider adding a double cleanse to your skincare routine to try and remove some of the residue at the end of your day.

  1. Your Mask

Again — there isn’t much you can do about having to wear a mask, especially if you’re an essential worker or someone who works in-person every day. But it can be important to know that wearing a mask can sometimes lead to breakouts, rosacea and other skin concerns. While wearing a mask is often unavoidable, you can find ways to minimize the risk of breakouts and irritation.

Washing your mask after each use is great for your skin — and your health, too — and using a gentle cleanser can help with the sensitivity. You can even find masks made of sensitive materials like silk, which tend to be better for the face. Other tips include using a non-comedogenic moisturizer and changing your mask — safely — every four hours.

  1. Stress

Stress is unfortunately another heavy hitter. Stress puts strain on the body and mind, effectively tiring you out and making it more difficult for your body to fight off bacteria, breakouts and other issues. It’s the same reason stress can make your muscles sore and make you more likely to catch a cold. Practicing mindfulness, meditation, self care and keeping stress in your life to a minimum are great ways to help your skin — not to mention your mind — achieve some clarity.

  1. The Sun

You didn’t think you could avoid this one, did you? Sun damage is real, no matter how young or how naturally tan you are. UV rays cause damage to your skin even if you don’t feel it, which means that even if you don’t get sunburned, you can end up with premature aging, skin sensitivity and even worsen your breakouts by exposing yourself to the sun. If possible, you should wear a facial SPF every day to protect your skin.

Your Skin Needs the Right Care

Putting in the effort to care for your skin in your routine is an amazing first step in getting yourself on the right track, but there’s so much more you can do to keep your face happy and healthy. From your diet to your fun in the sun, your skin reacts to it all. What switch have you found transformative in your skincare routine?

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