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10 Shocking Things That Are Ruining Your Skin

Ruining Your Skin

Your daily routine is ruining your skin. Pretty crazy, huh? These 10 shocking things that many of us do on a daily basis can result in irrevocable damage to our precious skin. We’re talking wrinkles, sagging skin, dark circles, age spots, acne, irritation and loss of moisture.  By avoiding these 10 routines, you’ll be 10 steps closer to a healthier you:

ruining your skin

10 Shocking Things That Are Ruining Your Skin


It’s no secret that makeup is filled with toxic chemicals. Despite it’s “beautifying” benefits, makeup that is chockfull of dangerous substances can have harmful effects on our skin (ahem, our largest organ!). Have you ever had an allergic reaction to makeup? Ever noticed increased breakouts? Most of our foundations, eyeliners, and mascaras (oh my!) contain carcinogens AND pesticides. Did I just say pesticides?! Yes! In fact, almost 90% of the ingredients used in makeup has not been evaluated by the FDA. SAY WHAT?! Common makeup ingredients like synthetic colors, parabens and phlatates often found in makeup can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.

As if to make matters worse, makeup can disrupt our hormones; affecting our mood, menstruation and fertility. If you wouldn’t sleep in your makeup, then why wear it all day long? Amplifying your beauty doesn’t require avoiding makeup completely. Try looking for brands that use 100% natural ingredients.


Hot Water

A hot shower is ultimate treat after a long, arduous day, right? Wrong. Exposing your precious skin to hot water for extended periods of time dries out your skin. Our outermost layer of skin is comprised of a thin layer of oil that keeps our skin cells moisturized.

The continual exposure to hot water (and not to mention harsh body soaps) causes this thin layer of oil to wash away. The result? Dry, irritated and itchy skin. If you’re like me than right after a hot shower, you’ll apply a thick layer of lotion to soothe your dry skin. Makes sense, right? Wrong, again! Start at the root of the problem. Try showering with warm water: your skin takes MUCH less of a beating, while staying moisturized.



It’s well known that sugar wreaks havoc on our bodies, but let’s not forget our skin. Consumption of sugar results in inflammation throughout our body triggered by an immune response. This inflammation results in redness and swelling (big no-no’s for skin!).

As if that is not scary enough: when sugar is consumed it attaches to proteins which produce new molecules. These new molecules damage the surrounding collegan and elastin. Collagen and elastin are vital for preventing wrinkles and sagging skin.

Best advice? Kick sugar out of your diet. Consume whole grains, avoid sugary drinks, candy, and other sweet treats.


Not Enough H2O

Water is one of the key ingredients for hydrated, supple skin. When you don’t consume enough water your skin may appear dry, flaky and dull. Dehydrated skin loses its elasticity, which is what keeps our skin from sagging.  Consuming the right amount of H2O keeps your skin moisturized from the inside out.

If you struggle to get down at least 2 L of water a day, try purchasing a fun water bottle. Sounds silly, but if you have something fun and exciting to look forward to you will be more likely to consume your required water intake!



Alcohol dehydrates your body. With that dehydration comes thirsty, puffy, red skin (not exactly how we all want to look in the morning). Although that beverage may be delicious, your skin thinks otherwise. Consuming alcoholic beverages ages our delicate skin. The result?: premature wrinkles and reduction of elasticity and collagen.

Not to mention alcohol depletes important nutrients our body requires for healthy skin. For example, Vitamin A. Vitamin A keeps our skin looking young by regulating cellular growth, rebuilding tissues to heal wounds, and reducing wrinkles.

The “flushed look” you may experience after consuming alcohol is a result of vasodilation (bringing blood to the face). Because of this vasodilation, the skin appears puffy and red. The continual consumption of alcohol can result in permanent redness or blotchiness.

In order to have healthy skin, you do not have to stop drinking alcohol completely. Try limiting your intake to only 1 drink per day while increasing your water intake. If you don’t drink? Great! Your skin will thank you!


Hair Products

No matter how many times you flick it away, if your hair is resting against your precious face for extended periods of time, breakouts will eventually find you. THEY. WILL. FIND. YOU.

Pomade acne (acne caused by the use of pomades) is the result of bacteria and oil becoming trapped in the pores on your forehead, temples and scalp. This results in clogged pores which can lead to acne, white heads, black heads, the list goes on…

Now don’t panic. If your hair is known to be quite the “face-brusher-upper”, have no fear. Keep your skin breakout free by maintaining clean hair. Increasing your hair washing frequency keeps your hair cleaner: CLEAN HAIR=LESS BREAKOUTS. Try using hair care products that have less pore clogging ingredients. If you wouldn’t put the ingredients directly on your face, then keep it out of your hair.


Lack of Sunscreen

Not protecting your skin from the sun may not seem like big deal while you’re young, but once your skin continues to age you’ll notice some startling effects. Exposure to the sun’s harmful rays without sun protection can lead to wrinkles, discoloration, increased pigmentation, dilated blood vessels, sagging skin and not to mention skin cancer.

The UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in our skin which results in sagging, fragile skin. Applying sunscreen (SPF 30!) daily is the best way to protect your skin. Your future self will thank you!

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Skipping out on the ZZZ’s

It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing! Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is vital for our skin. Skipping out on your ZZZ’s means dark circles, puffy, sagging skin, increased stress hormones, and wrinkles. The increase of stress hormones can result in acne as well as premature aging. Scary!

During sleep is when our skin cells are hard at work: new ones replace the old ones, a vital process in maintaining glowing skin! By getting a good night’s rest you can allow your skin to take care of itself after a long, hard day. If you struggle to fall asleep, try following these tips for a better night’s rest.



Smoking can result in irrevocable damage to your skin.  The chemicals in cigarettes and second-hand smoke damage the collagen and elastin in our skin. Your skin will become leathery and sag, especially under the eyes. The reduction of collagen and elastin means premature aging AKA wrinkles.

Smoking reduces the amount of nutrients that can travel to skin which results in an uneven skin tone. With the loss of elasticity comes the classic smoker’s lips: wrinkles around the mouth caused by the chemicals and “smoking motion” of the lips. Smokers may also develop psoriasis and other skin conditions. Not only is smoking bad for your skin, but for your overall health. Quitting smoking will greatly improve your health and wellness.


Product Choice

Choosing the right products for your skin is an arduous process. Some work and others may never work no matter how much you like it. Treating your skin with the right products is the best away to treat and prevent breakouts and irritation, while maintaining a clear complexion.

Skip any products that contain harsh ingredients (basically anything you can’t pronounce). Aim for 100% natural products that aren’t too harsh on your skin. Keep your regimen simple; our skin doesn’t need 45 products to maintain it’s beauty. Can’t decide on the best regimen for your skin? Try starting with a good cleanser, mask, exfoliator, and moisturizer. Seek out samples to find out if the product is right for your skin.


Peace, Love & Coconuts




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  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen) says:

    Interesting read. I’m a bit careful what I put on my face product wise as years ago I did a lot of damage with cheap products. Great list!

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Thank you Lorna! It’s amazing how our everyday routine, which seems so innocent, can be wreaking the most havoc on our skin. Although the natural products are much more expensive, they are so worth the investment! You are right about the cheap products ruining our skin! Thank you for the comment!

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