Surprising Things That Cause Skin Damage

Although you may have known about some of the skin saboteurs on this list, we’re pretty sure there are others you may not have realized can add up to a whole lot of skin damage. We’ve compiled a list of things you should look out for!

Sleeping With Your Makeup On

While sleeping with makeup on is one of those things I am sure we all do once in a while (or even know it might be bad for our skin if we do it all the time) we also don’t think about the effect it has on our skin and what it’s doing to it at night.

Skin mostly repairs itself at night. Therefore, coating your skin with makeup instead of a repairing serum or moisturizer will do nothing but clog pores, which can result in not only breakouts, etc., but possibly even bacterial infections! The residue that stays on your skin can even make you sick.

Keep makeup removing wipes next to your bed just in case you come close to skipping washing your makeup off. Your skin will thank you!

Drinking Coffee

This may come as a disappointment to some of you, but drinking coffee is a major reason for not only dry skin, but wrinkles too! (Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles.) Quench skin by drinking lots of water. Add fruit slices like orange or lemon to enhance the flavor.

Skipping Meals

Thinking about skipping a few meals to keep your waistline smaller? Think again! Skipping meals deprives you of nutrients and essential elements and can actually cause skin to age faster and dry out more quickly. Always try to include vitamin C (Oranges), B3 (peanuts), E (avocados), and vitamin A (Sweet Potatoes) in your meals to add to your skin’s health.

Hot Showers

Who can say no to a long, hot shower? It’s hard. While the occasional steamy shower is great, it actually strips away the outermost layer of the epidermis which can cause scaly, dry skin. If your skin starts to turn red and itch in the shower, it’s a sign it’s time to step out.

Excess Sugar & Salt

Overdoing it on your sugar intake can take a major toll on your skin. When you consume too much sugar, it damages the collagen nestled in your skin (responsible for your skin’s elasticity), which can leave you with sag. Fight your sweet tooth and grab organic fruits like mango and pineapple instead.

Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of your skin and leave it dry and dull (and prone to more wrinkles!) Avoid too many salty treats and invest in a hydrating moisturizer.


Try eliminating these items for at least 6 months and see how the overall appearance of your skin has improved! Which of these did you not know about? Which are you most guilty of? Let us know in the comments, or share your skin tips with us on social with the hashtag #FFCChicago!