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4 bad habits that can be harmful to your skin

4 bad habits that can be harmful to your skin

The health and quality of our skin relies on a number of factors including our lifestyle, sleep quality and skincare routine. But if you’re still finding that your complexion doesn’t have that healthy glow that you’re aiming for, it could be down to some common bad habits. Here we take a look at 4 skin-damaging habits and how you can counteract their effects.


The health implications of smoking are well known but have you ever thought about how it might be affecting your skin? If you smoke regularly, this bad habit can accelerate ageing in the skin, reduce natural levels of collagen and elastin, and leave the complexion looking dull and sallow.

Cutting back and quitting smoking altogether is always the best option, but hydrating skincare can help to repair some of the damage that smoking may have caused. La Roche-Posay’s anti-ageing serums can help to improve the look of dehydrated and ageing skin.

Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, for example, is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 Madecassoside. When applied regularly, it can help to improve your skin’s bounce and suppleness.

Not getting enough sleep

Sleep is an incredibly important time for our skin and a chance for it to undertake many important functions such as repairing damage and rebuilding collagen. That’s why when you have a few sleepless nights, it seems to show on your face very quickly.

If you feel like your health could benefit from a little more rest, try to prioritise an early bedtime a few times a week. Try and make bedtime as relaxing as possible by cutting out bad habits such as scrolling on your phone and using electronic devices before bed. Reading a book, listening to a guided meditation, or taking a bath can all help to prepare your body and mind for sleep.

For those mornings when sleep has been cut short, you can also help to boost your complexion with a hydrating eye cream. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream intensely moisturises dehydrated skin around the eye contour while addressing lines and fatigue. It does this with Hyaluronic Acid fragments, Glycerin, Caffeine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

Not wearing sun protection

If there’s one bad habit that we know will impact your skin over the long term, it’s not wearing sun protection. The cumulative effects of UV damage can lead to premature ageing, the breakdown of collagen, pigmentation and even skin sagging, so it really pays to make sunscreen an important part of your daily routine.

The good news is that the latest formulas are just as lightweight and pleasurable to apply as skincare, so making this a new habit is easier than you may think. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range has a formula suited to every skin type including sensitive, blemish-prone and ageing.

Over exfoliating the skin

Exfoliating the skin can be an effective way of restoring glow and tackling congestion but if it’s not done correctly, it can damage the skin’s protective barrier and create irritation. Physical exfoliants, for example, often contain small grains and ground-up nuts which can be too harsh for sensitive skin and create micro tears.

Using too many products containing exfoliating ingredients – whether chemical or physical - is another bad habit that can leave your skin red and reactive. It’s advisable to only use an exfoliant once or twice a week, depending on your skin type, and counterbalancing it with very soothing and moisturising serums and moisturisers.

La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Clarifying Lotion is a great option for skin that’s prone to oil, blemishes, and dilated pores. This micro-exfoliant, astringent toner is enriched with LHA (Lipo-Hydroxy Acid) ,sebo-regulating active and micro-exfoliant which makes it ultra-gentle yet effective.

Whether you’re guilty of just one or all of the above bad habits, you can start your good skin journey today with a little help from La Roche-Posay.

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