Up until recently I didn't have a proper skincare routine, well not one that I have stuck too but after finding products that have made a difference to my skin I have developed a skincare routine which I now stick to day in day out. It is great having a skincare routine but what if you are repeating the wrong steps and in actual fact causing more damage than good? I have put together eight things that we are probably all guilty of doing but really shouldn't.
Not Moisturising Oily Skin
Regardless of your skin type, it’s really important that you moisturise daily. This is something that I used to be guilty of; I found it hard to believe that by applying a moisturiser would help my skin to breakout less. It’s actually a really common misconception that those with an oily skin should avoid moisturiser; it’s vital that even oily skin gets moisture because without it, skin will overcompensate for the loss of hydration leading to breakouts and an uneven skin texture.
Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
Yes, it is doing more damage to your skin than you think. By keeping your brushes clean it will ensure that no dirt and old makeup buildup is going to effect your skin so its really important to invest in a good brush cleaner especially for your foundation brush.
Don’t Over Exfoliate
Sometimes it can be really tempting to exfoliate but actually it can be highly damaging if you buff away too much of your top layer of skin as this removes the protective barrier which then exposes yours skin to environmental toxins and sun damage. You only need to exfoliate two to three times a week.
Sleeping With Your Hair Down At Night
If you suffer from forehead and perimeter breakout it is most likely being caused by the oil and hair care products that you use so when you go to bed make sure to pull all your hair off your face and tie it up and I bet you start to notice a difference.
Going To Bed With Your Makeup On
Not removing your makeup at night will clog your pore and oil glands and when makeup becomes impacted into the pores, it makes them appear larger which I know is something that we all hate but once your collagen levels decline, the pore won’t snap back as easily once it has been enlarged so it really is important to make sure you are removing all your makeup correctly.
Drying Out Your Skin
I am someone that used to do this and I’m sure I am not the only one but people with acne or the occasional blemish believe they need to dry out their skin to clear up the breakout so choose products that are too harsh but this can actually cause further irritation than the breakout itself, so its best to look for a treatment that soothes while it targets your skin concern.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Everyone knows that not getting a good night’s sleep can effect the way our bodies work, but when our skin is getting less than rest than it needs, it becomes dull and pale with under-eye circles so make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep to help your skin look its best.
I know we are all guilty of doing this but it’s such a bad idea for your skin as when we squeeze from the side it causes the infection to go deeper into the pore. You are best just washing your face with a clean washcloth and if the blemish is ready to pop this is all that will be needed so stop with the picking right now!