5 Common Skincare Mistakes
Not removing makeup at night.
We have all been there when it has been a long day and we still have makeup on. Tempted just to go to sleep without washing our face. But not removing your make up can clog up pores leading to acne, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. Keeping stubborn eye makeup on like mascara may cause eye problems. We are all striving to keep our skin youthful, and not age our skin quicker. Doing a double cleanse helps remove makeup first while the second cleanse is for cleaning the skin from daily dirt and impurities. Serums, oils, and moisturisers are absorbed more effectively when the skin has been cleaned well.
Not using sunscreen daily.
Sunscreen is a significant preventative measure in combating skin damage, rapid skin aging, and helping the fight against skin cancer. Whether it is cloudy or sunny, you are in a car, working by the windows, wherever you are exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen is needed for protection. Moisturisers with some SPF are not enough to provide sufficient protection. Products formulated specifically for sun protection as the best options. Look for products providing broad-spectrum protection covering both UVB and UVA rays with minimum SPF 30. Taking those steps to protect the skin can save us a lot of trouble later, who wouldn't want to save money on anti-aging products and protect their skin for harm. Investing in sunscreen is one of the best things you can do for skin.
Overuse of products
Sometimes we over-exfoliate our skin, with both chemical and physical exfoliators. Exfoliators work to remove the build up of dead skin cells and leave skin smoother and brighter. Too much exfoliation weakens the moisture barrier can cause dehydrated, dry, and inflamed skin. This shows up as skin feeling tight because of the loss of moisture. It can also trigger an increase in oil production when your skin detects too much oil has been lost. Exfoliation between once to three times a week helps keep the right balance.
It can be your first thought to lavish a lot of moisturiser onto your dehydrated or dry skin in one session. But skin can only absorb so much at a time and you are likely to be using more than one product in your routine too. So you want to avoid ways where you are clogging up your pores. It is more beneficial to use moisturisers consistently and frequently in your skin routine for them to be most effective. If your skin needs more moisture, using products with hydrating ingredients is the better way to go.
If you are using active ingredients in your skincare, some active ingredients can work well with other actives, but some react negatively. So knowing what active ingredients play well together can help you avoid this mistake.
Not moisturising oily skin
When the skin produces too much sebum it can result in oily skin, the oil from the glands help to prevent moisture loss. It a common misconception that not moisturising oily skin will only make it produce more oil. The right moisturiser can help balance the skin and regulate oil production. Great options for oily skin are using non- comedogenic moisturisers, or a light serum or gel formula.
Not being consistent in your skincare
Regular routines are important and play a big part in seeing results in the goals we set for ourselves. Skincare is no different. For it to work, consistency is important. If you are using active ingredients, it can take 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months to see beneficial results. So stick with it. The skin takes time to adapt to changes, so patience and commitment to your skincare goals are vital.
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