15 Nighttime Habits That Are Ruining Your Skin

For a gorgeous glow when you get up in the morning, avoid these bad bedtime skin habits.

Not washing your face


The number one skin sin is simply going to bed without giving your face a good wash. “Even if you do not wear makeup you should wash your face nightly,” says Desmond Shipp, MD, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Your skin is going through a repairing and rebuilding phase during the nighttime and debris such as dust, smoke, and skin care products can clog your pores leading to worsening acne.” Find out the 17 skin care tips that dermatologists use themselves.

Skimping on sleep

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There is really such a thing as beauty sleep—and getting less than six hours of snooze time at night gives your skin less time to repair itself—which can lead to more wrinkles, an ashy complexion, and those dark circles under your eyes.

Choosing the wrong anti-aging cream


“The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil,” says Manish Shah, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon in Denver. “Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but many only improve things temporarily and don’t address the root cause of the wrinkles, such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Unless there is an actual ‘active ingredient’ such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture and nothing else.”

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