The 10 Biggest Skin Mistakes
The worst mistakes are the ones that you don’t even know you are making. The following 10 key mistakes, whether it’s over-treating your skin or treating it the wrong way, can be corrected. . . .
# 1 Typecasting your skin- You don’t have one skin condition for life-it changes according to the weather, the environment, stress, your diet, age and hormones (and so should your skincare regime). It’s better to think of your skin in terms of issues as opposed to type and invest in skincare products that treat those issues.
# 2 Sleeping with Makeup on- Sleeping in your makeup prevents your skin from renewing and regenerating overnight. If you want to achieve the radiant complexion of your dreams, remove your makeup properly. You don’t want to give the day’s pore-clogging irritants the chance to sink in and do damage overnight. If you’re too tired to do your whole routine, use one-step Micellaire Cleansing Water.
# 3 Exfoliating too much or not at all-Over exfoliating can lead to dryness, irritation, inflammation and even infection. On the flip side, not exfoliating will result in dull, clogged skin that is more prone to acne and dryness. In addition, you are not reaping the benefits of your serums and moisturizers because all those dead skin cells are getting in the way of absorption. Use a gentle exfoliator 2-3/week max.
# 4 Neglecting your Neck, Chest and Hands Skincare shouldn’t stop at the jawline. Your skincare routine for your face should be extended to include your neck, chest and hands. The skin on your neck, chest and hands is delicate, which is why these areas show signs of aging quickly.
# 5 Not applying Products in the right order- To maximize the benefits, Skincare should be applied in order of density. Layer products from the thinnest (serums) to the thickest (sunscreen). Whatever goes on first, penetrates best. Products with heavier consistencies can block the lighter ones from penetrating and doing their job.
# 6 Popping your pimples - Popping pimples yourself may make you feel and look better in the short-term, but it does nothing to address the root cause or to keep them from coming back. You should customize your skin care routine at home to cleanse your skin, exfoliate away dead cells, and keep your skin hydrated to prevent excessive oil production to keep pimples at bay long-term. Plus, unwanted side effects (inflammation pain, infection and scars) are likely if you try this @ home.
#7 Using your fingers-If your skincare comes in a jar, don’t dip your fingers in it. Even if your hands are clean, you could be unknowingly transferring bacteria and oil to your creams. It’s best to use a spatula, scoop or fresh cotton swab with each use
#8 Working out with makeup on-If you're one of the people who like to wear makeup to the gym, it's time to change that habit. Sweating under your makeup will cause breakouts, because the makeup gets pushed into your pores whenever you wipe sweat off your face which will ultimately lead to skin irritation. A good post-workout routine- Wash your face with a cleanser right after your workout, and follow it up with toner to keep breakouts at bay.
#9 Enjoying hot water too much-If you follow your skincare routine religiously but love long, hot showers, know that those Long HOT Showers may actually be the reason why all your skincare efforts are put to waste. Changes in temperature often causes the skin to react, and showering in hot water will cause dehydration and dryness. Instead, choose lukewarm water and pat dry (not rub dry).
#10 Buying the Next Big Thing-and the one after that - Newer doesn’t always mean better. Choosing the right skincare product is important for maintaining healthy skin. Skin type aside, decide if your priority is to repair a particular issue (acne, dark spots etc.), prevent one (fine lines, dullness etc.) or, simply maintain a healthy glow and use products with ingredients that have been extensively tested and proven.
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