Skincare is all about ritualizing the routine, about enjoying and celebrating its nourishing effects, about constantly seeking to learn, adjust and perfect each of the steps shaping up the habitual activity. No matter if takes 30 seconds or 30 minutes to complete, each skincare routine should be conceived to leave you feeling good in your own skin, each of the moments spent attending to its needs a commitment to a healthy, beautiful complexion, a means to a long term goal.
That’s why the moment you hear about sabotage, about things hurting or negatively affecting your complexion, about the fact that there’s a wrong way to take care of your skin, you’re reluctant to accept or even acknowledge the fact that you might be doing it without realizing it. But learning means preventing.
Below, the 7 skincare mistakes that could be secretly ruining your skin.
Not removing your makeup before bedtime.
Not so much of a secret, but more of a bad, bad habit, sleeping with your make-up on is one of the worst ways to treat your skin. Of course, at the end of a long and busy day, or eventful night, it just feels easier to crash out and postpone all routines for the next day. But turned into a habit, this can lead to serious skin problems seeing how the pores become clogged which in turn leads to breakouts. At night is when your skin should heal and regenerate.
There’s a misconception regarding the exfoliation process that might lead one to believe that in doing it more and more often the skin will automatically end up looking dewier and dewier. This couldn’t be more wrong. While exfoliation should be handled according to your own skin’s type and needs, there is such a thing as over-doing it. Instead of exfoliating twice a day in the hopes your skin will be glowing like a disco ball, try doing it once or twice a week to avoid having your complexion appear red and irritated, rather than smooth and radiant.
Using the wrong products for your skin type.
Seeing how we’re all exposed to such a great number of advertisements every day, to internet recommendations raving about must-have brands and girlfriends trying to share or pass on their most favorite skincare products, it’s no wonder each of us eventually ends up falling into the trap of using the wrong products for our skin type.
And while skincare might be a lot about trial and error, it is also about learning and trusting your own skin to show you what it really needs and what works for it, so never force a product onto your skin and expect it to do wonders just because others swear by it.
Using hot water on your skin.
Especially during this time of the year, when the temperatures begin to drop and the cold settles in it becomes more and more tempting to indulge in hot baths, hot showers and to even wash your face with hot water. However alluring, this habit is also problematic, threatening to strip your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils. Try settling for warm water instead to avoid unnecessary risks.
Caring for your blemishes the wrong way.
All women experience breakouts at certain points in their life and as habit has it, it is likely you can’t help picking at the blemishes, applying spot treatments at the wrong phase of the breakout, or using the wrong treatments all together. It happens to the best of us despite knowing better. While seemingly inoffensive, this tendency can result in a “blemish lasting longer and leaving a post-breakout red or dark scar than can linger for months”.
Overusing the moisturizer.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We hear it and we hear it often, we know it’s an important step in our skincare routine and a means to a soft, radiant complexion but have you ever wondered how much is really enough? We bet you didn’t think twice about applying and reapplying your favourite moisturizer whenever you feel like alleviating the dryness in your skin, but using thicker coats of moisturizer frequently will only result in clogged pores and a waste of product. Your skin can only absorb so much so instead of overusing your moisturizer, try switching to a creamier consistency.
Not wearing sunscreen every day.
Sunlight, daylight and UV rays make for the main reasons your skin is likely to age prematurely, yet it has become common for people to feel like they don’t need sun protection if it’s not 40 degrees in the summer. But make no mistake, the secret to a healthy, wrinkle-free complexion is wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, spring or winter, rain or shine.
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