Many of us don’t realize how much of an impact our everyday habits can have on the health and condition of our skin. Even if you’re making a consistent effort to take care of it, you could be causing more harm than good without even being aware. Whether you’re looking to improve your skincare routine or adopt some better habits, here are some of the worst habits that you may not realize are harming your skin.

Skipping Night Cleansing

Sometimes, it can feel like way too much effort to cleanse your skin before bed. But skipping out on this routine can end up harming your skin over time. Throughout the day, your skin endures a lot of oil, dirt and pollution from the environment around you. Letting all of that linger on your face during the night can lead to clogged pores, inflammation and breakouts. Spending a few minutes to wash the dirt away is well worth it.


Smoking is incredibly harmful to your skin because nicotine deprives it of getting the nutrients and oxygen that are needed to maintain a healthy and supple complexion. Since cigarettes have a multitude of other chemicals in them, they also end up damaging elastin proteins and collagen which leads to dull, sunken and wrinkled skin.

Skipping on the Sunscreen

Soaking in the summer days can feel glorious once the sun is shining, but those UV rays can lead to sunspots, premature aging, wrinkles and in some cases, cancer. There’s also a common misconception that the sun’s UV rays are less damaging during overcast days or in the winter. But the reality is they can cause damage anytime you’re outside. To protect your skin, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 every day, rain or shine, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours. 

Over Exfoliating 

Scrubbing away dead skin cells and dirt is an important part of maintaining a healthy-looking complexion. But are you scrubbing it too much? If so, you could be harming it instead of helping it. The skin on our face is extra delicate. So whether you’re cleansing, exfoliating or moisturizing, always be extra gentle and careful with it. To avoid damaging your skin, exfoliate only twice per week, and make sure to use a mild product. 

Taking Long Hot Showers

Do you take long hot showers? If so, all of that heat will end up stripping away the natural oils of the skin and leave it excessively dry afterwards. To avoid this, try to shorten your showers to 10 minutes and use warm water instead of steaming hot.

You Don’t Wear Sunglasses

During bright and sunny days, we have a tendency to squint in order to see properly. This can lead to premature wrinkles and crow’s feet. That’s why sunglasses aren’t just a fashionable accessory. They’re an important part of protecting your eyes from sun-related aging and damage. If you keep forgetting yours, stash a few pairs in different places, like your vehicle and the office, so you can always find a pair to wear before going outside. Remember to choose sunglasses that have UV protection.

You Avoid Eating Vegetables

Vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients which help fight free radicals, inflammation, and even slow down the process of aging. If you’ve been skipping out on your veggies, now’s the time to add more to your daily diet. Try to focus on eating items like blueberries, carrots, tomatoes and sweet potatoes, which are all high in antioxidants.

You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Sleep literally protects our skin and regenerates our cells. So when you’re not getting in those eight hours each night, you’re depriving your body and skin of the restoration it needs to stay healthy. The less sleep you get, the less time your skin has to repair which can lead to dull, irritated and dry looking skin. Set a bedtime routine and stick with it to get enough beauty sleep.

If you want to treat your skin so some TLC, The Ottawa Skin Clinic offers a wide range of services that can help to restore and rejuvenate your skin from sun damage, premature aging, acne and more. Contact us today to book an appointment.