Seven Deadly Skin Sins

Be comfortable with your looks and feel happy with yourself.

Article by, Rita Rayani


The skin is the largest organ of the body. For lifelong a person tries to look good. Healthy skin is essential for making the most of your looks. By knowing what kind of skin you have and how to treat it, you can solve your particular problems. Balance the levels of water and oil in your skin and you will create the state of harmony that is beautiful, perfect and ‘normal’ skin. There are a very few people alive who are happy with their looks. All the skincare in the world won’t help if you don’t tackle the factors that destroy your skin. This goes for people of all ages, genders and races.

Seven deadly skin sins

Here are the seven deadly skin sins and solutions to help you beat them.


Did you know that if you protected your skin from the sun you wouldn’t get a wrinkle on your face until you were 60? When ultraviolet light hits the skin’s surface it produces molecules called radicals which destroy healthy cells. They are particularly fond of collagen and elastin-the two ingredients that help keep skin firm and elastic. Stay out of the sun- or at least covered up between the peak hours of 11 to 3 o’clock; even the strongest sunscreen only filters out 99 per cent of rays and sunbathing in these hours can still cause damage to your skin.


Smoking is the next most damaging thing you can do to your skin after exposure to sunlight. First, the nicotine in cigarettes constricts the blood vessels of the face, making your skin look grey or sallow. Next, an ingredient called acetaldehyde goes to work, attacking the fibres in your skin that hold it together. Finally, a chemical reaction occurs which creates a protein which causes the destruction of collagen and elastin. The solution is simple-quit.
Studies shows that quitting before you are 30 returns your body to the level of non-smoker within 10 years, and this goes for your skin as well as your lungs.


Alcohol dilates blood vessels and it contains acetaldehyde which attacks skin fibres, reducing firmness and elasticity and also dehydrates the skin. It also destroy vitamin C, one of the most important nutrients for healthy skin functioning. Aim for three alcohol-free days a week and try to drink at least two glasses of water for every glass of alcohol.


Stress increases levels of adrenal hormones like testosterone, which are linked to the triggering of acne. The stress hormones also cause blood flow to be directed away from the surface of the skin to your limbs and major organs so the skin does not get all the nutrients it needs. Deep breathing slows the heart rate and triggers the production of more calming chemicals into the body. Exercising releases calming chemicals into the body.

Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep is a disaster for your skin and can cause spots as studies show that people pick at their skin more when they’re tired and this can produce bacteria.
Night-time is when the skin repairs itself-you build new cells and replace collagen and elastin damaged by the day’s exposure to sun and pollution. Milky drinks can induce sleepiness or try herbal help which assist people to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.


Pollution and harmful chemicals are another cause of free radicals in the skin and can contribute to ageing. Avoiding pollution is tricky. However, you can help fight internal damage by increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, which contain antioxidants to fight the damage, and also by choosing organic produce where possible.

Lack of exercise

Physical activity helps boost skin tone by increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood and reducing the amount of toxins that build up under your skin. It also boosts skin health by increasing your tolerance to stress and helping you sleep.

Research shows that making small changes can add up to a big difference.


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