We get it: maintaining a perfect skin care routine is hard, and it’s easy to slip up. But you may be making mistakes without knowing it that are negatively affecting your skin, which is clearly the opposite result you’re looking for. If any of these apply to you, stop what you’re doing immediately!
Not paying attention to your skin type
You may think “what’s the difference” when making your skin care purchases, but the fact of the matter is that these products have different labels for a reason. If the bottle says it’s for oily skin, it’s going to completely dehydrate your dry skin. If the label doesn’t specify that the product is for sensitive skin, you may be loading your skin with chemicals it simply can’t handle. Figure out what skin type you have, and buy your products accordingly.
Using daytime products at night, and vice versa
If you have separate products for morning and night, make sure you stick to that practice. The types of ingredients, and the quantities used, are different depending on when you’re supposed to be applying. Nighttime products are designed with certain ingredients to effectively work while you’re sleeping to regenerate skin cells, and these products may not jive with your daily routine.
Skipping your nightly face wash routine just this once
Being too tired to wash your face is no excuse! Every time you fall asleep without washing your face, you’re letting all the dirt, oil and debris of the day have an extra 8 hours to settle into your skin (not to mention your pillowcase). The two minutes it takes to wash your face before bed is definitely a good investment, tired or not.
It’s so tempting, but it’s also so horrible for your face. Every time you squeeze a pimple, you’re actually pushing more of the infection deeper into your face than you’re letting out. You’re also at risk of scarring and embedding more bacteria into your skin by touching it. Satisfying? Yes. Beneficial? Not remotely.
You most certainly can have too much of a good thing. Over cleansing or exfoliating damages and dries out your skin, while over moisturizing is simply a waste of product because your skin can only absorb so much. Sometimes less is more.
Sleeping on dirty sheets and pillow cases
While you sleep, you’re pushing anything nasty on your face into the fibres of your pillow case, particularly if you sleep on your stomach or your side. This allows this unpleasantness to sit on your pillow until it’s washed (seems logical enough), but this can be doing real damage, especially if you have sensitive skin. Ideally your pillow cases should be washed at least once a week.
Not getting enough sleep
You’d likely be shocked to find out how much damage you’re doing to your skin (and overall health, for that matter) by not getting a good night’s rest. Your skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping, so skipping some hours is detrimental to your skin care.
Washing your face with bar soap
I could go on and on about the importance of buying proper facial cleanser, but I’ll save that for another time. However, you have to stop using generic bar soap as your facial cleanser immediately. These will dry out your skin more than you know, not to mention leaving a bar of soap out in the open is inviting other people to use it on a part of their body that isn't your face. Not good for so many reasons.
Not drinking enough water
Other than the endless obvious health benefits of drinking plenty of water, staying hydrated works wonders for your skin. Subsisting solely on sugary drinks or alcohol will leave your complexion dull and dry, so adding more water to your daily diet is an excellent idea.
Keeping things a little too hot
Some like it hot, but there is definitely such a thing as too hot. Of course, we are specifically referring to the temperature in your home, and of the water you’re using in the shower. Keeping the heat in your bedroom cranked while you sleep will cause you to sweat, which can cause breakouts. Similarly, using too-hot water in the shower will strip your skin of natural oils, causing your skin to dry and flake.
Developing a skin care routine is not only about things you should do, but also about things you shouldn't. Make smart skin choices, and your face will thank you!
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