10 Things You Need To Give Up for Great Skin

We're probably guilty of one or all ten of these!
by Janelle Yau   |  Feb 27, 2017
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It doesn't matter whether you're a beauty girl or not—everyone wants great skin. While having an effective skin care regimen is a must to achieve healthy and naturally glowing skin, your lifestyle and daily habits are just as important—maybe even more so. To make sure that you're on the right track to achieving great skin, we asked dermatologist Rhoda Espino to list down the common habits that college girls do that may contribute to bad, unhealthy skin. That way, you can avoid it and be on your way to healthy, great skin.

  1. Too oily and fried food.

Whether it's food from the cafeteria or your usual late night takeout, college girls are guilty of eating too much oily and fried food. While these food may taste good, they have nasty effects not just to your skin, but to your whole body in general, too! It's best to skip the lot when you can to minimize breakouts and improve your health at the same time.

  1. Staying under the sun too much.

Spending under the sun during a beach trip may be fun, but facts reveal that too much sun exposure can cause wrinkles and other complicated skin care issues, too! So whether you're commuting to school today or just going to spend the day inside the library, make sure to always protect yourself with a handy sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

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  1. Pulling too much all-nighters.

You might have scoffed at your mom or your lola when they remind you to take your beauty sleep seriously, but they weren't kidding when they said that beauty sleeps are a must for great skin. Our bodies need to reenergize, making your skin naturally glow right after. So no sleep doesn't just mean dark under eye circles, Candy Girls, it means dry and dull skin, too!

  1. Smoking.

Nicotine that can be found in cigarettes are not just bad for the lungs, but are notorious in causing skin dehydration, too, causing premature wrinkles. Yikes!

  1. Drugs.

It's no secret that drugs are dangerous not just for your skin, but for your well-being, too! It makes the skin dehydrated and causes collagen to breakdown by tenfold. That's why people who take drugs have extra thin skin, which makes them more prone to different skin issues.

  1. Alcohol overload.

While it's perfectly fine to have a sip or two from time to time, just like smoking and drugs, alcohol causes skin dehydration and can make your skin look dull in a snap! Plus, too much alcohol can also cause acne. Eek!

  1. Not drinking enough water.

We get that it's easy to forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day—especially when you've got a ton of readings to catch up on. But enough water intake hydrates your skin, making it glow naturally. Not drinking enough water doesn't just cause dull, dry skin, it can cause premature wrinkling and aging, too! So drink up, Candy Girls!

  1. Too much dairy.

There's no doubt that cheese, milk, and ice cream taste good, but too much intake of dairy products may cause acne breakouts. Remember, just like in all things, balance is key.

  1. Stress.

Stress is inevitable for the college girl, but too much stress is bad. It can open your pores and can cause your oil glands to enter hyper mode, which doesn't exactly sound good. That's why it's important to keep tabs on your stress levels by sneaking in a little bit of meditation or yoga in between papers and classes to cleanse your mind and body.

  1. Skipping the veggies.

Vegetables are not exactly the top of mind when it comes to good food, but a healthy diet means a healthy body and skin, too. So add more greens to your diet and give your body the proper nutrients that it needs in order to achieve great skin from inside and out.


Dr. Rhoda B Espino graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine and received her training in dermatology in New South Wales Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine followed by Fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. She is currently a member of the Philippine Society in Anti-Obesity, a board director of PAAMMI, and is the CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetics Center.

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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