You want flawless, glowing, smooth, healthy skin, right? No matter how many precautions you take or how much you pamper it, there are still a few things that you might be unintentionally doing to damage your skin.

Read on to find out what you’ve been doing wrong with your skin:

1. NOT USING SUNSCREEN

To protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, you must use sunscreen. It protects your skin from aging, and it helps keep skin cancer at bay.

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2. TOO MUCH COFFEE

Okay, you love coffee, but the caffeine in it can dry out your skin and can cause wrinkles.

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3. NOT REMOVING MAKEUP BEFORE BED

Makeup makes you look pretty, but it can also clog your skin. And it lets bacteria thrive, due to all the dirt that gets accumulated throughout the day (which in turn leads to acne). So make sure you remove all of your makeup before you hit the hay.

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4. TOUCHING YOUR FACE TOO OFTEN WITH DIRTY HANDS

If you keep touching your face with sweaty, dirty, grimy hands all the time, then you’re just giving acne an open invitation. So make sure you always keep your hands squeaky-clean.

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5. TAKING TOO HOT SHOWERS, FOR TOO LONG

Hot showers are relaxing and fun, but they can dehydrate your skin and can cause wrinkles.

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6. NOT RINSING CHLORINE OFF YOUR SKIN AFTER SWIMMING

There’s no doubt that chlorine in water reduces germs, but it’s harmful to your skin and hair. So make sure you rinse off properly after swimming, and don’t forget to moisturize.

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7. HIGH-SODIUM DIET

When those hunger pangs hit, there’s nothing more satisfying than junk food. They’re all high in sodium, which is harmful for your health and skin. So eat more fruit, which will keep you full between meals. And it’s good for your skin and overall health.

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8. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

7 to 8 hours of sleep is a must for any human being. Not getting enough sleep can cause stress, exhaustion, and dark circles under your eyes. A good night’s sleep is as important to your skin as drinking water and eating plenty of fruits and veggies.

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9. EXFOLIATING TOO MUCH OR TOO HARD

Yes, exfoliating is good, since it removes dead and dry skin cells. But if you exfoliate too much, your skin will lose moisture, which can cause micro-tears in your facial skin.

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10. TOO MUCH SUGAR

The body works on sugar, but too much of anything is never good. It can damage the collagen in your skin, which is what gives it elasticity. But if you still want to eat sweets, then stick to fruits, or try bittersweet dark chocolate.

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