10 common skincare mistakes you might be making that may cause more skin problems. Even with a regular skincare regime, mistakes can prevent skin from achieving smoother texture and brighter & healthier complexion.
Drying Out Your Skin
Many people with oily skin or have acne think they need to dry out their skin by skipping the step to moisturize skin and/or selecting products with harsh ingredients that strip the natural oil — which can cause further skin irritation. The skin is smart and if you dry out your skin, it will overproduce oil to compensate for the loss of hydration with oil. Dry skin also speeds up signs of aging with fine lines and wrinkles. Look for a treatment that soothes while it targets your skin concerns, and always apply a hydrating moisturizer.
Not Removing Makeup Before Bedtime
Not removing your makeup before sleep clogs your pores and oil glands and it increases your chances of acne breakouts and enlarging your pores as your collagen levels decline.
Not Wearing Sunscreen Every Day
Rain or shine, apply sunscreen on a regular basis. Select a sunscreen that best suits your skin type, providing broad spectrum protection which means it shields you from both UVA and UVB rays. More than 90 percent of the visible skin changes associated with aging are actually caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Avoid sunscreen that are made from oxybenzone and other toxic sunscreen ingredients that cause skin irritation or worst.
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Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges
Make it a habit to clean your make up brushes and sponges on a regular basis. Clean your eye makeup brushes weekly and your other make up tools monthly. This will help reduce your chances from acne breakouts and eye infections.
Picking At Your Face
Often, it is tempting to touch your skin, pop pimples and pick at your black heads. Anytime you pick at your skin, it causes inflammation, irritation or worst, scarring.
Not Washing Your Bedsheets Often
Pillowcases accumulate a buildup of residue from your hair, scalp and face. It is important to change your pillow cases at least twice a week and change your bed sheets weekly. If possible, wash your bedding in hot water to kill off dust mites that can cause allergies.
Not Using The Right Cleanser
The facial cleanser you are using may be too harsh on your skin causing skin irritation and dryness. Look for a gentle cleansers that remove dirt, makeup, dead skin cells and other daily pollutants and that contains antioxidants to protect skin.
Avoid cleansers with harsh chemicals, including parabens, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Click here to learn more about the toxic or harsh ingredients found in many face cleanser available in the market.
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Exfoliating Too Hard Or Too Often
It is important to exfoliate two to three times a week, gently exfoliating in circular motion to remove dead skin and prevent clogging your pores. But if you over exfoliate, it can be highly damaging in the long term since you are removing the protective barrier that your skin needs. Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.
Eating a Bad Diet
Part of having healthy skin, is having a healthy diet rich in vitamins. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and avoid fried food. Eat foods with low levels of sugar and sodium to prevent and/or minimize skin inflammation. Make sure to add antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
When you are not getting enough sleep, you will not benefit from the growth hormones that are released while you are asleep that stimulates and repair skin during the night.
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