Sirisha Singh of the Skin Centre, a skin treatment consultancy, has shared six common sins which have the potential to spoil one's skin.

‘Say NO to Smoking’: Nicotine intake not only damages, but has the potential to kill the skin. It causes thinning of blood vessels in the skin. Therefore, lesser amount of oxygen is available to the skin, and that affects the ability of the skin to renew and regenerate. Over a period of time, this hastens ageing of the skin. Many heavy smokers also suffer from "fag lines" which are lines that radiate out from the outer edge of the lips.

Unprotected sun exposure: This comes a close second to nicotine in terms of skin sins. Cumulative exposure to ultra violet rays over the years, adds up to significant skin damage and adds years to the skin. The UV light causes pigmentation of the skin, damages the collagen (the elastic tissue) of the skin and in extreme cases, also has the potential to cause skin cancers.

Wearing make-up to bed: During the night, the skin rejuvenates itself. The temperature of the skin goes up a notch and the pores open up. Hence, it is vital to cleanse the skin at night to unplug the pores and use night creams or vitamin rich creams overnight as they penetrate better at night.

Stress: Stress causes damage to almost all organs of the body, the skin being no exception. During stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. This reduces the blood supply to the skin and over a period of time, the skin may appear dull, sallow and may also develop acne.

Skipping sleep: The term "beauty sleep" is not a myth. It is based on scientific facts. During sleep, our body releases growth hormone. This hormone helps the skin to heal itself and adds a healthy glow.

(Agencies)

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