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9 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Your Skin ASAP

If you're breaking out or your skin is simply not as even and moisturized as you'd like, these bad habits may be the cause and you never even realized it.

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    1. Washing with harsh cleaners.

    Many people who are prone to pimples or have oily skin gravitate toward exfoliators and cleansers that dry things out. In theory, this seems like a good idea, but they actually strip the skin of all its good oils and diminish its own natural protective barrier, explains Noelle Herzog, brand president of Karin Herzog skincare. This actually accelerates oil production and will increase breakouts. Herzog suggests using a nourishing face wash with a milky texture like Karin Herzog Cleansing Milk.

    2. Using products in jars.

    Anti-aging products contain antioxidants, which break down with repeated exposure to light and air. "Jar packaging lets that occur with each use," says Bryan Barron, research and content director for BeautyPedia.com. "So your anti-aging products become less and less effective.” He suggests using tube-packaged products, such as Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer.

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    3. Skimping on sleep.

    We all know how a good night's rest can benefit our energy levels, metabolism, and mood. But it also has a great effect on our skin, even beyond those dark, under-eye circles, explains Dennis Gross MD, the creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. "When the skin is getting less than optimum fuel, it can become dull and pale," he says. "Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it actually causes our bodies, including our skin, to generate free radicals."

    4. Using cotton pillowcases.

    Speaking of sleep… persistently pressing your face into a pillow (especially if you are getting your eight hours) can cause trauma to your skin, including permanent creases as our collagen breaks down. Gross suggests swapping out your cotton pillow for satin or silk as they cause a lot less friction. Also, pillowcases accumulate a buildup of residue, if you are acne-prone, you should try to wash your sheets once a week.

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9 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Your Skin ASAP
If you're breaking out or your skin is simply not as even and moisturized as you'd like, these bad habits may be the cause and you never even realized it.
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