Most of us have a skincare routine that we stick to. But what if you’ve been doing something wrong all this time? Here are 10 of the top skincare habits we’re all guilty of.
It’s tempting, but if you over-exfoliate, it might be very damaging in the long term. You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has, exposing it to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging. Exfoliate just two to three times a week, at the most.
2. Not removing your makeup properly
You absolutely have to use the right cleanser to get your skin in optimal condition. Look for one that contains ingredients like antioxidants for protection, salicylic acid to clear your pores, and witch hazel, which acts as a natural astringent for your skin.
3. Not wearing sunscreen
It’s not just for the beach: the best protection against sun damage is a good sunscreen. Ideally, you should wear it every day, and it should also be broad spectrum, which shields you from UVA/UVB rays. These rays are known to cause aging of the skin. Do remember to apply sunblock to your chest and the backs of your hands as well!
4. Not moisturizing
Regardless of your skin type, it’s a must to moisturize daily and also apply a moisturizing cream at night. While many believe that those with oily skin should avoid moisturizers, it’s a misconception. In fact, even oily skin needs to be moisturized, because the skin will overcompensate for the lack of hydration with even more oil, leading to breakouts and uneven skin texture.
5. Using dirty makeup brushes
It might be troublesome, but using dirty makeup brushes does more damage to your skin than you think. Invest in a brush cleaner, especially for your foundation brush. Keeping your brushes clean will ensure that no dirt and makeup buildup affects your skin.
6. Taking hot showers
On a chilly day, it’s tempting to jump into a hot shower, but studies have shown that it might prove problematic for your skin in the long run. Hot showers strip your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils. But if cold showers aren’t your thing, you should take warm showers instead of hot.
7. Eating a bad diet
What’s good for the heart is good for the skin. Many doctors recommend the tri-color salad approach. Make sure your salad contains a bunch of different colors: red cabbage, green lettuce, tomatoes etc. Nature color codes them for us, so the more colors you eat, the better.
8. Not letting your skin rest
Sometimes, less is more. After your cleansing routine, applying two or three different serums all at once isn’t very effective at all. Over-saturating your skin with product limits the effectiveness of each one. A good idea is to alternate your serums, if you have multiple skin needs.
9. Not getting enough sleep
Getting a good night’s rest helps your skin to look its best. When the skin is tired, it starts to become dull, pale, and lifeless. Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it can cause our bodies (including our skin) to generate free radicals.
10. Popping pimples
I know it’s hard to resist, but popping your pimples is a really bad idea. When a dermatologist drains a pimple they apply downward pressure, not squeezing from the side. This causes the infection to go deeper into the pore. Instead, you should just wash your face with a clean washcloth. If the pimple is ready to pop, this is all the pressure needed to drain it.