Most ladies at some point in their lives would complain about one skincare problem or the other, problems which they think are so hard to solve.
However, new research has explained that little things which women do unknowingly wreak more damage in their skincare routine than they care to imagine.
Below are 11 skincare mistakes you probably have been making.
1. Not washing your pillowcase or bedsheet regularly
Did you know that our fluffy bedtime linens hold makeup residue, oil, dead skin cells, hair product residue, dirt and it all transfers to your skin if they go unwashed? Try to change your pillowcases at least once a week to avoid placing your delicate face on a dirty oily surface.
2. Using the wrong products
The struggle of almost every woman is getting the right skin care product. While it’s tempting to just buy any product there now, your best bet is to stick with items that are designed to give your skin type what it needs. If you have dry skin, opt for a regimen that delivers extra moisture. If you’re prone to breakouts, scan your product labels for ingredients that prevent acne, such as salicylic acid.
If you are unsure about your skin type, consult your dermatologist.
3. Skipping Toner
Toner is a product that restores the pH balance of the skin and prepares it for further procedures. Even a usual moisturizing cream works more effectively with a toner. Moreover, it’s necessary to use it after traumatizing procedures such as chemical peels.
You are most likely to avoid skin problems such as dryness, irritation, and rashes. The main thing is to find a product that doesn’t contain alcohol.
4. Picking your pimples
Yes, we all know the sweet relief of popping an annoying pimple, but doing that will only spread the inflammation and lead to scarring. Apply an acne treatment, and then keep your hands off your face.
5. Using harsh soaps
Your skin creates protective oils and barriers that it needs to stay healthy and using harsh soaps washes them away. Instead, go with something gentle for your face, and don’t use it more than twice a day. For your body, pick products that would replenish your skin’s natural nutrients, and use it every time you shower.
We understand the need of cleansing your face well but if you over-cleanse your face, you strip your skin of essential oils and moisture it needs to glow. This can actually lead to more breakouts as your skin over-compensates by producing more oil. Your skin should not feel tight after cleansing it. If it does, you’re likely overdoing it.
7. Not using sunscreen regularly
Sunscreen is an important part of skincare. It shields the skin from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays. Skipping out on sunscreen can lead to premature aging, wrinkling, skin sagging, hyperpigmentation, and even cancer. Dermatologists recommend the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher 365 days a year, under the sun or rain.
8. Not getting enough sleep and water
When you don’t sleep, your body gets stressed, and when your body gets stressed, it releases cortisol. Cortisol causes inflammation throughout your entire body, and that includes your skin. A good night’s rest will calm your nerves and your skin.
Also, no amount of moisturizer will help your skin if it’s drying out from the inside. Drink plenty of water, and avoid overindulging in alcohol, as it leads to dehydration.
9. Not exfoliating or overdoing it
An important step in skincare is exfoliating as it helps get rid of all the nasty, dead skin. Also, your face will feel baby-smooth after. draws out impurities and controls oil. But overdoing it can do more harm than good leading to flaking, dryness, redness, and infection. A healthy skin care tip is to gently exfoliate 1-2 times a week with a focus on pores.
10.Not using your products in the right order
The order of your skincare routine also matters a great deal makes a huge difference.
Skincare experts advise that you should first remove your makeup, then use a cleanser, followed by exfoliator or toner, treatments (serums, mists, etc.), eye cream, moisturizer, and finally oil then sunscreen or SPF.
11. Sleeping with makeup on
There are some nights when washing and cleansing just seem like too much work. But when you don’t wash your face before bed, not only are you letting all that makeup clog your pores, but you’re getting all the dirt and grime you’ve come into contact with throughout the day have more hours on your face. Too many nights of that and your face will have lots of acne and wrinkles.