10 Worst Skin Habits (PHOTOS)

10 Bad Skin Habits

First Posted: 03/14/2012 9:04 am Updated: 03/15/2012 9:05 am

By: Stephanie Thurrott

No matter how diligent you are with your skin care, it's easy to make little mistakes that can lead to a flawed complexion. And over time, these little skin sins add up, causing damage and leading to premature aging. Read on to find out how guilty you are of skin sins and learn how to do penance.

Are you committing one of these skin sins? You'd be surprised at what can undermine your quest for smooth, beautiful skin. See if you're sabotaging your chances for a clear complexion and follow these expert tips for glowing skin.

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Sure, you protect your face with a layer of sunscreen every morning. But do you reapply? "Remember that sunscreen sweats off, rubs off, and melts in your face, even if the label says 'sweat proof' or 'lasts all day,'" says Jessica Wu, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at USC Medical Center.
The fix: Don't worry, we don't expect you to wash your face in the middle of the day and reapply sunscreen. An easy fix is to find a powder with SPF that you can use for touch-ups. While it's ideal to reapply liquid sunscreen, powder formulas will give you some extra protection, Dr. Wu says. And don't think that if you have an indoor job you're immune. Dr. Wu says you can get sun damage just from driving, sitting near a window, or walking across the street.

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