In our relentless pursuit of glowing skin and beautiful hair, we often find ourselves bombarded with advice, products and complex routines. Yet, despite our best efforts, there are everyday habits that can silently undermine our quest for healthy skin and lustrous locks. These habits are insidious culprits, often operating in the shadows of our daily lives, and we may not even be aware of the harm they are causing. So, before you reach for that next skincare product or hair treatment, let us uncover the unsuspected villains. In this blog, we will explore 10 common habits you did not know are damaging your skin and hair. It is time to set the record straight and pave the way for a healthier you, one that nurtures your body inside and out.
The truth behind hot showers
Luxuriating in hot showers can be a tempting daily ritual, but it can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Hot water strips away the natural oils that keep your skin and hair moisturised. This often leads to dry-flaky, irritated skin and exacerbation of skin conditions like eczema.
Opt for lukewarm water. It cleanses your skin and hair effectively without the adverse effects of hot water. This simple change can help maintain your skin hydration levels and your hair's natural oils.
Over cleansing skin & hair
Washing your skin and hair too frequently might seem like good hygiene, but it can backfire. Overwashing can lead to over-drying, scalp irritation, increased sensitivity and the removal of essential oils that act as natural protectants.
For your hair, limit washing to 2-3 times a week, depending on your hair type. For your skin, use a mild sulphate-free cleanser with a pH-balanced formula and cleanse only twice a day, even if you have oily skin.
Using dirty makeup brushes
Dirty makeup brushes are often overlooked, but can harbour a plethora of bacteria, dead skin cells and old makeup build-up. When you apply makeup with these brushes, you transfer these impurities onto your skin, which can cause breakouts, skin infections and the proliferation of harmful microorganisms on the skin.
Regularly clean your makeup brushes with a gentle brush cleanser or mild soap and warm water.
Skipping hair trims
Skipping regular hair trims might seem like a good idea, but it results in split ends and weakened hair. Split ends occur when the hair shaft frays into two or more segments. Without trimming, these splits can travel upward, weakening the entire hair strand. This results in increased breakage, a dull appearance, and a lack of overall hair health.
Fix in a routine that involves trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends and promote healthy hair growth. Regular trims help maintain your hair's overall health and appearance.
Ignoring sunscreen: A common neglect
Forgetting to apply sunscreen daily is a grave error in skincare. The sun's harmful UV rays are a leading cause of premature ageing, causing fine lines, sunburn, pigmentation, wrinkles and an elevated risk of skin cancer.
Regardless of the weather, make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your morning routine. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from the sun's damaging effects.
Over-exfoliation: The scrub overload
Exfoliating is beneficial for removing dead skin cells and rejuvenating the skin. However, overdoing it can disrupt the skin's natural protective barrier, leading to increased sensitivity, redness and dryness. This weakening of the skin's barrier can make it more susceptible to environmental damage and infection. Additionally, over-exfoliation can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and potentially exacerbating skin conditions.
Limit exfoliation to 1-2 times a week, depending on your skin type. Choose a gentle exfoliant to avoid harming your skin's protective barrier.
Not buying products according to your skin & hair type - The one-size-fits-none approach
Selecting skincare and haircare products tailored to your skin and hair type is not merely a matter of preference; it is a fundamental aspect of maintaining their health, appearance, and overall well being.
Identify your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive) and choose skincare products tailored to your specific needs. This ensures you are addressing your skin's unique concerns effectively. For instance, if you have dry, sensitive skin, you should opt for gentle, hydrating skincare products to soothe and nourish your skin.
It's essential to consider factors like your hair's texture, porosity and specific concerns when choosing products. The importance of using products according to your hair type lies in the fact that different hair types have unique needs and using the right products can help maintain the health, appearance, and manageability of your hair. For instance, if you have fine, limp hair, selecting volumising products can help add body and bounce. If you have oily hair, products used should be lightweight and designed to control excess oil production.
Picking at blemishes
Popping pimples or blemishes might seem like a quick fix, but it often results in scarring, increased risk of secondary infections and delayed healing.
Instead of picking, apply a spot treatment like a niacinamide serum or AHA & BHA enriched gels with ingredients like salicylic acid or rice bran extract. These treatments help blemishes heal more effectively, without causing additional damage.
Not removing makeup before bed
Going to bed without removing your makeup can clog pores, leading to breakouts and skin dullness. Not removing makeup before bed hinders your skin's natural regenerative processes during sleep, which are crucial for skin health and repair.
Always take a few minutes to remove your makeup before going to sleep. Use a gentle makeup remover, cleansing oil or micellar water, followed by your regular cleansing routine.
Tight hairstyles: The strain story
Frequently wearing tight hairstyles like ponytails or braids can cause excessive stress on your hair and scalp, leading to hair breakage and, in some cases, even hair loss. In addition, a neglected scalp can lead to issues like dandruff, itching, unnecessary hair breakage, receding hairline and in severe cases, traction alopecia. Proper scalp care is essential for overall hair health.
Opt for looser hairstyles to reduce the strain on your hair. If you prefer tighter styles, make sure to give your hair regular breaks and provide it with proper care and nourishment.
How to undo the damage - Building a guilt-free lifestyle
Incorporating nourishing habits and integrating ingredients tailored for enhancing hair strength and the resilience and radiance of your skin into your daily regimens can lead to remarkable enhancement in the overall quality of both your hair and skin. Let's dive into some of these pro-tips.
Stay hydratedDrinking an adequate amount of water is crucial for maintaining hydrated skin and hair. Dehydration can lead to dryness and flakiness, so aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and foods containing essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrient-rich foods nourish both your skin and hair from within.
Physical activity improves blood circulation, which helps deliver essential nutrients to your skin and scalp. Exercise also reduces stress, which can benefit your skin and hair health.
Quality sleep is essential for skin and hair repair. Aim for 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night to allow your body to regenerate.
Chronic stress can lead to skin problems and hair loss. Incorporate stress-relief techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga into your daily routine.
Use of protective ingredients for skin and hair
Dive in for ingredients like ceramides, peptides, AHAs, Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid. For hair, go in for ingredients like biotin, keratin, aloe vera, coconut oil, etc.
Sometimes, the best care is not about adding more products or elaborate routines, but about eliminating detrimental habits. Unknowingly damaging one’s skin and hair due to unhealthy habits is common, but it is also easily preventable. By recognizing these mistakes and implementing good habits, you can pave the way for healthier, more radiant skin and hair.
Small changes in your daily routine can lead to significant improvements in the long run, allowing you to enjoy the best version of yourself. From proper hydration to adequate sun protection, and from stress management to gentle care, these practices form the foundation of a more confident and healthier you. Consistency in these habits is the key to long-term benefits, ensuring that your skin and hair remain resilient, beautiful, and a true reflection of your well-cared-for self.