When it comes to self-care, nothing comes near as meticulous as skincare. You have all these products for your face and body, but you’re not sure if they will be effective. There are two outcomes when it comes to sampling them:
- You find the holy grail of skincare products and become a convert
- You break out with acne and get extreme irritation because you just found out your allergic to a specific ingredient.
They are expensive too and you would probably use them all up within a month. Also, not everybody wants to do it because it takes a lot of time and effort to do so.
That being said, you can avoid these skincare mistakes that may help make your skin look better.
7. Using harsh scrubs
The problem: That scrub you use to get rid of dead skin is probably not a good idea. Our skin is very sensitive and using physical exfoliants such as a rough scrub can lead to irritation and tearing.
The solution: You can use other types such as konjac sponges that offer a more gentle physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation is recommended as it can remove layers of dead skin as well as being able to clean up pores.
6. You don’t get enough sleep
The problem: Sleep deprivation is not good for you, plain and simple. Not having enough sleep means that you’ll produce an excess of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased amounts of cortisol means more stress. More stress leads to inflammatory skin conditions like acne.
Even worse is the fact you can’t get that glowing skin you want because the molecules that provide it (Hyaluronic acid and collagen) are not broken down when there is a lot of inflammatory cells in your body.
Still not convinced? Growth hormones are produced to repair damaged cells when you sleep. They stop when you don’t get a good night’s rest, which means you’ll look older than your age by the time you’re 50.
The solution: If you’re having a hard time sleeping, you can try taking a melatonin supplement. Melatonin helps aid in the regulation of your sleep-cycles. Avoid using phones when you’re about to sleep and never make the bed your “hang-out” spot.
5. Not changing pillow sheets every week
The problem: It may come to a surprise that not everybody’s aware that they should be washing the thing that comes in contact with their face for a third of their day.
Oil, sweat, and dead skin cells. The trifecta are all gathering in your pillowcase every time you go to sleep. Bacteria and dirt accumulate in your sheets, which can make you prone to acne.
The solution: If you’re feeling lazy, you can also use one side of the pillow for a week, then flip it over to delay having to wash it.
4. Not wearing sunscreen
If there’s only one advice I can give you, it’s that you should always wear sunscreen. Arguably the number one culprit of skin aging is sun damage.
The problem: Whether it’s driving your car, walking in the sidewalk, or at the office near the windows, you’re not safe from ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Even when it’s not a sunny day and the clouds shade you from the sun, you are still exposed to high amounts of UV radiation.
The sun’s UV rays (both UVA & UVB) are responsible for the inflammation and aging of our skin. It’s also a big factor in getting skin cancer.
The solution: Use a sunscreen that has SPF30 on its own. Other products such as moisturizers saying they contain SPF are not as strong as sunscreen.
If you don’t have sunscreen with you, always bring an umbrella, it can keep you out of the heat and might come in handy when it rains too.
3. Rubbing the towel to dry your face
The problem: Towels harbor bacteria when not in use, and rubbing it across your body and face just spreads them all over. Not only that, you are more likely to irritate your face and lose elasticity.
The solution: I’m not saying you should leave your face soaking wet. Rather than moving the towel across your face, you should pat dry instead, the way you do a quick pat to a dog.
2. Frequently touching your face
The problem: Touching our face is one of those things we seldom are unaware of but contribute to the appearance of acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Think about it. The moment you wake up, what do you immediately touch? I’m betting it’s your phone, and who knows how long ago you’ve cleaned it (assuming you do). From door knobs to toilets, we touch a lot of stuff every day.
The solution: That’s why you should make it a habit of properly washing your hands often to reduce the amount of oil and dirt trapped in your hands.
1. Popping your pimples
The problem: We’re all guilty of it, but it’s something that we shouldn’t do. Squeezing pimples is not the most effective solution in getting rid of them. In fact, you’re likely to have more pimples if you do and have a chance to develop facial scarring with a potential to be permanent.
The solution: Think of the pimple as a balloon, but with bacteria, oil, and inflammation. By squeezing the balloon, you are letting all the juice out (yum!) and spread over the surrounding area, leading to more infections.
Skincare mistakes are easy to avoid
How many skincare mistakes are you making? If you commit less than 3 mistakes, then you’re on your way to getting cleaner, healthier, and glowing skin.
For those still having trouble, it’s okay, skincare demands a lot of our attention (and money!). But with consistent effort, you will be rewarded with great skin.
Also, if you are in the market of buying skincare products, always do your research, read the ingredients label, and patch test first!
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