7 Enemies of Great Skin

Healthy, glowing skin is usually beauty priority number one for women, so we've rounded up the most surprising bad skin habits you need to kick to the curb.

Clean as a Whistle
Stack of sweaters
With all the harsh chemicals and toxins out there these days, it's hard to know when you're safe and when you're not. To avoid skin irritation, take the plastic off your dry cleaning as soon as you get home, allowing the clothes to breath. The longer the plastic stays on your threads, the more chemicals are absorbed.

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Coffee and Your Mug
Cup of coffee
Caffeine is a major culprit when it comes to dry skin. Avoid the magnification of wrinkles and instead, quench skin by drinking lots of H2O. To make sipping on water more enticing, add fruit slices like orange or lemon to enhance the flavor.

Shower Power
While many of us love super hot, long showers, unfortunately they strip away the outer most layer of epidermis causing scaly and dried skin. When your skin starts to turn red and itch in the shower, you know its time to step out.

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Chatty Kathy
Hours spent talking on your cell phone can lead to breakouts and rashes along your jaw line and cheek. Think about it, most of the time, we leave our phones sitting on counters or in the bottom of our purse where bacteria hangs out. Make sure to keep antibacterial wipes with you to swipe your phone clean and keep skin clear.

Hair Scare
Woman with hairspray
Can't seem to kick your facial breakouts even though you've tried everything? Next time you apply hair spray, use a clean towel to cover your face, protecting your skin. Also, always make sure to use a sweatband when you hit the gym so no hair products drip down when you begin to perspire.

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Shady Shocker
We're all for wearing big sunglasses on sunny days, but remember to wipe them clean! Build up and bacteria on your glasses can get into the pores around the bridge of your nose where your glasses sit all day, causing breakouts and irritation.

Shower Surprise

The heat from prolonged showers can lead to dry skin, but so can your shower head! With all the purifying agents used these days to filter public water, chemical build up on skin over time is very common. Invest in a shower head filter to fight off dry skin caused by chlorine and other elements.

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