Skin-Care Mistakes You're Making
Just as a disclaimer, I want to highlight the fact that I am not a dermatologist.
Instead, I am someone who is obsessed with all things skincare, spends hours listening to skincare gurus and researching tips on how to get the most out of my products.
I will try to avoid writing about basic skincare tips that you’ve heard multiple times, like the importance of using SPF (yes, even in the winter), ensuring you’re drinking enough water, and washing your hands before doing your skincare. Because we all know and follow this already…right?
If you don't...be sure to check this and this out. Now, let’s move on to the skincare mistakes you’re probably making...
Not Cleansing Your Skin Properly
This appertains to both using water that is too hot for your skin, and rinsing off your cleanser too soon. The former dries out your skin, making it more prone to irritation and impairing the skin barrier. The latter is concerned with rinsing off your cleanser a few seconds after putting it on your skin rather than gently massaging the face-wash on your skin to ensure that all make-up and dirt is thoroughly removed.
Use lukewarm water instead and follow the 60 second rule when cleansing your skin.
Also, as a side note...it’s worth mentioning that your skin feeling tight after washing it is not a sign that you have “clean” skin, but rather than you stripped your skin of its oils.
Using Make-Up Wipes
While they may be inexpensive and easy to use, make-up wipes are full of chemicals and alcohol that strip your skin away of its natural oils, ultimately dehydrating your skin and increasing your risk of breakouts.
On top of this, make-up wipes tend to smear around makeup and debris that is present on your skin rather than effectively removing it, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.
Instead, opt for cleansing balms, such as: Clinique Take The Day off Balm & The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter.
Using The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type
Instead of blindly following a trend and buying a product that people on social media are raving about...
Take some time to analyse your skin correctly; develop a better understanding of your skin type and your personal skin concerns.
If you truly wish to see results, it’s crucial that you use products that are formulated for the specific needs of your skin.
For example, it’s generally said that foaming cleansers work best for oily skin types while hydrating cleansers are often best for dry and sensitive skin. If your skin is breaking out, you want to steer towards products that have salicylic acid, which can penetrate deep into the pores and remove excess sebum. Remember: just because a product works for your friend does not mean that it will work for you.
Not Applying Your Products In The Right Order
The order you apply your skincare products in is important and makes a difference when it comes to seeing results.
Applying thicker, creamier products and oils before thin, water-based products and serums makes it more difficult for products to penetrate, potentially rendering some of them ineffective by diluting the products. Instead, try applying your products from thinnest to thickest texture. Start by using your toners and serums before applying your moisturising products and oils, followed by SPF.