How to have good skin and hair part four: difficult advice to follow…

Finally getting back to things after the holiday madness. Sorry about the wait. I’ll be more regular from here. 🙂

So, here I go again with advice you probably don’t want to hear!
The previous posts were full of advice that I follow religiously. Today, I will discuss the things I know I should follow but tend to screw it up. XD

1. Don’t pick at your skin.
Picking at pimples, etc. leads to scarring and dark patches. It’s best if you can avoid touching your face at all.
I have OCD, and skin picking is one of my symptoms. I don’t even realize I’m doing it sometimes. I’m worst about picking my upper arms (I have keratosis pilaris so there’s plenty of bumps to pick!) but I also pick at large pores, blackheads, whiteheads, dry patches, random lumps, etc. It’s an awful habit, and I’m doing my best to stop. I carry silly putty so if I need to stop picking I can occupy my hands with something else. I also do needlework when I’m watching movies or chatting so I know what my hands are doing at all times.

2. Don’t pull skin around your cuticles
Hands are skin too! Pretty hands are an asset that anyone can cultivate.Use cuticle cream or oil at least twice a day, and lotion every time you wash your hands. If you do get a hangy bit, cut it off with a cuticle nipper, or cover it with a bandaid until you can cut it. While I’m on the hands, DO NOT BITE YOUR NAILS!!! It can permanently damage the nail beds, especially if you bite them really far back. I was never prone to nail biting, but I have seen the result on the hands of others. I also recognize the difficulty of breaking habits. Try that bitter stuff, or use silly putty to keep your hands away from your mouth.
I’m a licensed manicurist. I know not to pull the hangy bits. Half the time they end up bleeding everywhere if I do. I carry a nipper everywhere now, and I’m religious about cuticle cream, but there are times…

3. Cut back on sugar!
Apparently one of the processes that leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin is called glycation. It happens naturally, but sugar makes it worse. *sigh* Science, why must you ruin everything…

4. Wear sunscreen. Every. Damn. Day.
Usually it’s pretty easy to remember this for me, but if it’s not sunny, or I’m not going outside…
Do it anyway. Fluorescent (and some incandescent) bulbs give of UV. Windows don’t block much either. Even tvs and computer screens can produce UV. ALWAYS wear sunscreen. I just saw an article in a magazine (I forget which one) that said a study demonstrated people who wear sunscreen every day look noticably younger than those who wear it only sometimes. And don’t forget to reapply!

5. Avoid touching your face, rubbing your eyes, or playing with your hair.
Touching your skin means that dirt and bacteria from your hands get on your face. Gross, but true. Also, rubbing your eyes too often can stretch the skin and can cause dark circles. (Not to mention that I always forget I’m wearing makeup and end up looking like a racoon) Try to keep your hands away from your face as much as you can. Playing with your hair isn’t SO bad, but it can lead to breakage and frizzing. I find that these habits, along with picking, are the hardest to break, so if anyone has done it I’d love to hear how!

So, there ya go. I have trouble with these too, so please share any tips you’ve found in the comments.