While 2016 will give way to 2017 in just one day, many of us are drawing up a list of resolutions. To inspire you a little, here are five good habits to adopt during the new year, as well as six bad ones that we should divest!
1. Swap the bar soap for a cream or liquid cleaner.
The majority of them have a much too high pH and are difficult to rinse completely, which increases the risk that residues of surfactants remain on the skin and thereby irritates the skin.
2. Stop touching his face.
This habit, which we all have, transfers the germs and bacteria that you have on your hands to the facial skin ... you are left to imagine the sequel. Consider cleaning regularly your cell phone screen, accumulating more germs than you can imagine.
3. Gently with exfoliants!
Exfoliating the skin with hard brushes, pellet or ball exfoliators or a horsehair glove are prehistoric methods that can irritate and injure the skin. Instead, use a salicylic acid scrub or a washcloth to massage gently.
4. Reduce the number of scented products you use on your skin.
Fragrances in cosmetics will be the subject of an upcoming article, but remember that perfumes and essential oils are irritants, in addition to being the most common cause of contact allergies to cosmetics. In order to preserve the skin, it is better to avoid them or at least reduce their use.
5. Stop smoking.
For the health of your skin, but also that of your body,stop smoking. In addition to the risk of pulmonary, heart, buccal, etc., this harmful habit can lead to tissue necrosis, as well as the reduction of the elastic fibers of the skin. Result: dull complexion, early wrinkles, premature aging. There are several methods to help you; make you the most beautiful gifts for this new year and stop.
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1. Protect yourself from the sun (even in winter).
Sunscreen, sunglasses, big hat (and it's very nice!), And this year-round to help prevent skin cancer, but also premature skin aging! This year, let's make a little effort to think about it, even when it's cloudy outside.
2. Perfume her clothes and not her skin.
The ingredients in perfumes, whether alcohol or substances used as fragrances, are potential irritants. It is better not to expose the skin directly. Apply them on clothes instead!
3. Buy cosmetics in tubes instead of jars.
Certainly, the cosmetics contained in a pot are very nice, but they are not optimal at the conservation level. By opening the pot and putting your fingers in it, you increase the proliferation of bacteria and subsequently the deterioration of the important ingredients. In addition, they are not adequately protected from light and air, so their effectiveness is diminished.
4. Make a clean of its cosmetics.
The vast majority of cosmetics have an expiration date. While on some of them you will see it indicated in the form "Year-Month Exp", on otheryou will notice a small symbol indicating the lifetime of the product (in months) after opening. So, let's start the year off right by eliminating all our expired products!
5. Drink more water.
Although drinking more water will not have a direct impact on dry skin, consuming more can only be beneficial! It is recommended to drink thirteen cups of liquid for men and nine for women, per day. Keep in mind to take as much water as possible and the least amount of liquid containing sugar. Tip to get there, always keep a bottle of water nearby and fill it every time you pass near a water source.
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