We don’t always do the best for our skin and in fact, sometimes we don’t even realize that our regular beauty and skincare routine could be doing more harm than good to our skin. Here are 3 of the most common skincare mistakes – which ones do you do?
Sin 1: Not exfoliating regularly and using the wrong exfoliant. Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Using a facial scrub three times a week will really help your skin. But if you don’t always remember to exfoliate, then use an exfoliating acid serum before you moisturize before bed, three nights a week. An acid serum contains glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids and when left on the skin overnight, will deeply dissolve the glue that bonds dead cells together. You should see brighter and smoother, clearer skin in the morning.
Sin 2: Not using sunscreen on your neck. Most people remember to apply sunscreen to their face, or a moisturizer containing SPF, but neglect the skin on their neck. And when it comes to application, you can’t do it sparingly. For example, applying an SPF 50 sunscreen sparingly, may only offer the same protection of an SPF 4 sunscreen. So, think of your neck as just an extension of your face and give it the TLC it deserves.
Sin 3: Using the wrong skin routine to care for adult breakouts and wrinkles. For people aged between 25 and 35 this is often one of the most common skincare mistakes. They still get clogged pores and breakouts, but also notice the fine lines and wrinkles too. Their skincare routine often just addresses the breakouts, for which they use strong, drying acne products. Or, they are using heavy anti-defying products. To treat all your skin’s needs, first try to understand how to prevent your specific adult hormonal breakouts. Then look for a gentle salicylic acid exfoliant to use before your put on your light moisturizer. Also, use a sulfate-free cleanser, alcohol-free toner, along with oil-free serums, to create a healthy, gentle skin care routine that will balance your skin and help it look fresh and clear.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR SKIN THIS WINTER
There’s no doubt that the dry winter months can wreak havoc on our skin, leaving it in need of some extra TLC. To keep your skin healthy and glowing all year round – and especially during winter – here are some handy tips:
- Moisturizer is your best friend. Choose a thick moisturizing cream for the body and apply straight after showering in the morning and before bed.
- Read the ingredients list. Look for a moisturizing cream with ceramides, which will help repair the skin’s barrier. This helps to lock in moisture into the skin and stop it drying out.
- Be careful with drying medications. Certain anti-aging serums and topical acne medications can be extremely drying for the skin. Try to use sparingly during the dry, winter months and always apply your moisturizing cream afterwards.
- Remember your sun protection. Avoiding direct sun and using sunscreen is just as important during the winter as the bright months of summer. Always apply sunscreen to your hands and face each morning and try to wear a hat when outside during day.
- Get any persistent dry spots checked out. If you have dry, flaky areas on either your face or body which don’t improve despite moisturizing, make sure you get them checked out. Some inflammatory skin conditions can appear as dry patches, so best to get checked out as soon as possible.
During the winter months it’s even more important to take care of your skin. Dry scan can be uncomfortable and itch, flake and crack and sometimes even bleed. You may even find your fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. So, keep your skin nourished and moisturized and it will stay looking and feeling great, ready for the summer.