Taking care of your skin can be tricky sometimes. Even the slightest change in your routine that doesn’t quite work for your skin type or current skin concerns can cause irritation or damage to your skin and nobody wants that! Sometimes, the things that help your skin look its best aren’t always fancy products and gimmicky routines either, but rely more on mindfulness, consistency, and of course, some tender loving care.
Now, which of these cardinal skin sins do you commit without even knowing?
Exfoliating can be of benefit to the skin in many ways. It can reduce acne breakouts and help remove dead skin cells to reveal radiant-looking skin underneath. However, as the saying goes, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing! It is possible to over exfoliate your skin and is a habit that is very easy to overlook.
Over exfoliation can happen if you combine two or more exfoliating skincare products, or if you are using more than one method of exfoliation at the same time. What usually happens when you over exfoliate is that your skin starts to feel sore, there’s redness, swelling, peeling, flaking, a feeling of tightness, and acne breakouts.
Good Skincare but Bad Makeup
You might be investing in expensive skincare, but you’re not putting the same level of consideration into the makeup that you are using. This can be counterproductive and it’s not going to help your skin improve. Maybe you’re using expired makeup? Or maybe you are not very mindful about ingredients that can pose potential harm to your body with long term use? Be mindful about your makeup, as much as you are mindful about your skincare. Having good skincare but bad makeup isn’t going to do your skin any good!
Using Only Makeup Wipes to Remove your Makeup
Brands of makeup wipes tend to market their products as if it is enough to cleanse your face at the end of the day. But the truth is, double-cleansing is still required even after using these makeup wipes. Nothing cleanses your face better than the use of micellar water and facial cleansers to fully remove all the makeup, oil, and dirt that have accumulated on your skin after a long day. Relying on makeup wipes on its own can cause the clogging of pores and result in breakouts.
Clogging your Pores
Your pores might be clogged without you even noticing. Your pores can get clogged when you are not cleansing your face properly, or if you have been skipping your regular exfoliation routine. Dead skin cells, dirt, and skin oils, when mixed, can cause clogged pores. To avoid clogged pores, opt for chemical exfoliators that have glycolic acid and salicylic acid. You can also use retinol to improve the cellular turnover of the skin.
Leaving your Makeup on Overnight
As we’ve already touched upon above, using only makeup wipes to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin is a big, fat no-no! So, imagine what happens when you leave your makeup on overnight! While leaving your makeup on each night likely won’t cause long-lasting damage to your skin, it can clog your pores and cause acne breakouts. Your face can also accumulate free-radicals from the environment during the day, and by not cleansing your skin properly, you are promoting the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.
Taking care of your skin requires continuous effort. Healthy and beautiful looking skin can’t be achieved by just one day of doing your skincare- it’s all about consistency. It requires religiously sticking to your routine and making sure that your skin functions optimally by keeping it clean and nourished and knowing which of the above skincare habits to avoid.