If you want smooth, glowing, pimple-free skin, you need to follow a good skincare regimen and make sure never, ever to fall for these most common mistakes.
Sleeping with your makeup on
Not washing your face properly at night will mean that the dirt your skin has picked up throughout the day will become trapped in your pores, making your skin more prone to problems such as blackheads and pimples. No matter which cleanser you use, one cleanse usually isn’t enough to get rid of every trace of dirt or makeup, and you should never rely on a simple face wipe to do the job. First, you should remove your makeup with a makeup remover such as micellar water and then use a sulphate-free cleanser, ideally with a warm, wet cloth.
Over cleansing or over-exfoliating
While it’s vital to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, it’s also important not to do it too much. Using products on your skin too often can leave it feeling irritated, sensitive and dry which in turn may even promote excess oil production and thus, further breakouts. Only wash your face once or twice a day, don’t choose options that are fragranced or include sulphates and when you exfoliate, do so gently with a product that is suited to your skin type.
Using toxic oils
Toxic oils should be avoided at all costs. Some of them have even been known to cause premature ageing. These are known as polyunsaturated oils (PUFAs) and while they may be good for moisturising your skin in the short-term, in the long-term they can cause tissue damage, age spots and thyroid suppression. Avoid these both in your skincare products and your diet. Skincare companies such as Tropic Skincare use only natural and organic ingredients in their products making them a great option.
Not moisturising enough
When it comes to moisturising, it can be tricky to find the right balance. Everyone needs moisture in their skin, some more than others, but too much or the wrong type can end up causing your skin to feel greasy and prone to breakouts. Other signs you’re not moisturising enough include a dull complexion, tight skin, dark spots or redness or constant irritation when you’re outdoors. By reevaluating your moisturising habits, you’ll add the layer of protection that your skin needs.
Forgetting to apply SPF
While sun protection is important, it’s also important to approach it the right way. Most SPF products on the market don’t provide enough protection from harmful UVA rays. At the same time, there is such thing as an overuse of sunscreen because wearing it when you’re not getting any sun exposure can be comedogenic, meaning that they can block your pores. Don’t wear sunscreen when you don’t need it, avoid those that include chemicals and opt for one that is high in zinc.
By becoming more aware of your skincare regimen and avoiding these bad habits you’re bound to see an improvement in your skin.