So, you’ve been making sure to take care of your skin every day, using the best skin care products and following a consistent anti-aging skincare routine (which even includes that pricey anti-wrinkle cream), right?

Unfortunately, your skin may not be responding to all the care and pampering, as well as you’d wanted it to be. You need to know that despite your wonderful efforts to become your very own skincare expert, your skin’s needs go beyond topical creams, face masks, exfoliators, etc. It also requires nourishment from within. This means you should pay more attention to your daily habits if you want to have healthy and glowing skin.

In this article, we’ll help you avoid damaging your skin in the first place instead of looking for ways to repair damaged skin.

Check out these six mistakes you need to avoid at all costs!

6. You have more alcoholic drinks than you should

Drinking alcohol doesn’t only harm your liver, but also your skin. So the more alcoholic drinks you have per day, the more your skin suffers, making it really hard for any skincare products to work their magic at full potential. In fact, according to dermatologist Gary Goldfaden, downing excessive amounts of alcohol can make your skin dry and dehydrated. Moreover, the founder of NY Dermatology Group, Dr. David Colbert, notes that although alcohol makes us feel good, it is still a hepatotoxin, which is a toxin to the cells that detoxify the body; meaning it specifically causes damage to the liver.

In case you’re wondering how that affects your skin, well, Dr. Colbert recommends simply taking a look at the symptoms of dying from liver failure. Unpleasantly, those include huge pores, low body temperature, and dullness. If you need to drink every day, do your best to have no more than a couple of drinks. And if you’re a smoker, you should better quit smoking for the sake of both your skin and overall health.

5. Your diet is filled with greasy goods

Burgers, chicken nuggets, and French fries may taste delicious and fulfilling, but when you look at the effects that greasy foods can have on your precious skin, you may want to rethink your food choices seriously. In most cases, people realize that what they’re feeding their bodies reflects terribly on their skin only when it’s too late. We eventually become what we eat, and that’s how eating greasy food causes acne and other ugly and stubborn skin problems. To take care of your skin properly, you should better opt for a no greasy food diet, cut back on junk food in general, and load up on foods and drinks that are high in antioxidants (such as leafy greens, tomatoes, raspberries, and blueberries.)

4. You’re taking steaming hot showers

Is taking a hot shower bad for your skin? Well, in many ways, yes! Although there aren’t many things in our daily lives that are as relaxing and satisfying as a long, hot shower, your skin is the one that ends up with the most damage after being exposed to steaming hot water for an extended period of time. Hot water is bad for your skin because it strips it of its natural oils as well as it makes it dry and dehydrated. Your skin would love you to start taking shorter showers using lower water temperatures so it can preserve its natural moisture. Also, apply a moisturizer as soon as you step out from the shower to seal in the moisture.

3. You cannot resist pimple popping

We all know how difficult it is to resist the urge to pop that fat, annoying pimple, and just get over with it already. However, controlling any sudden urge to pop comes with great benefits for your skin. Picking can make the acne worse and result in permanent scarring, not to mention the risk of ending up with an infected popped pimple, which you do not want to deal with (believe me!) So your best bet is to leave your pimples alone no matter how annoying they can be and call your dermatologist to discuss a personalized treatment for your skin.

2. You don’t wear sunscreen

The effects of not wearing sunscreen can go from a light sunburn to premature aging or even cancer. According to Dermatologist Norman Levine, M.D., avoiding the sun is the best way to prevent skin damage. The sun affects the cells that are responsible for skin renewal, and when those cells get injured irreparably, the skin becomes predisposed to premature aging and skin cancer. To keep your skin young, beautiful, and safe, don’t forget to apply sunscreen (preferably SPF 30 or higher) every day and make sure to reapply it every 2 hours when you’re going outside.

1. You don’t clean your cell phone and sunglasses as much as you should

Of all your personal belongings, it’s your smartphone and glasses that you touch the most. So if you aren’t cleaning them regularly, they must be accumulating a scary amount of germs and bacteria, which in turn lead to breakouts, skin irritation, and other issues that you have no idea where they come from. On the bright side, fixing this mess is pretty simple, all you have to do is clean your cell phone and glasses every day using disinfectant wipes and start using your earbuds, so your phone doesn’t touch your face.

Also, make sure to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to maintain oil balance. Remember, paying attention to your daily habits can go a long way in maintaining healthy and beautiful skin. Share this article with people you know, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment.