I’ve seen a huge boom in skincare hacks, routines and tips that circulate on the web. While some of them are meant to benefit you, many of them are not healthy at all. You can easily damage your skin without even realizing it vand although every person is different and one skincare routine cannot be used by everyone, some things are essential no matter what your skin type may be. I discovered some of them after talking with a dermatologist. Let us clear some mistakes!
Pulling, stretching or picking at your skin
If you want premature aging signs and spots, continue burdening your skin… Whether you stretch the skin around you eyes when you are doing your eyeliner, pull your skin while washing your face or popping your zits and pimples, you have to stop right now! The skin on your face, especially the area around your eyes is extremely sensible and thin. If you keep on tiring it, you will get wrinkles a little earlier than you’d expect.
When you are washing your face, do it more gently; instead of doing it in circular motion, try a “patting” motion. Never pull or stretch your skin when you are doing or removing your make-up. When removing your make-up, damp a cotton pad in a gentle make-up remover, place it on your eyes, wait for 2 minutes and carefully wipe the area.
Remember what I’ve told you earlier about treating your skin gently? Welp, although you may not see it, physical exfoliators or scrubs damage your skin since they are too harsh. Skincare is not about thinning your skin. It is about preserving it as much as possible. You may be using some sort of DIY scrubs, such as coffee or sugar or some purchased ones, but they are really sharp and cause “micro-wounds” and destroying your skin’s outer-layer.
Sure, the after-feeling may be nice, your face may be feeling soft, but that’s because you forcefully removed everything it was on your face. This habit can cause dry skin and irritation, so think twice before taking that off-the-counter exfoliator. You should put your coffee and sugar in your mug, not on your face!
Taking sleep for granted
While you are asleep, your brain is getting rid of any “residues” and resets itself. The same happens with your skin. Your blood flow increases and collagen regenerates your skin on a molecular level to protect it from outside damaging factors (such as UV rays). Before going to bed do your skincare “routine, a.k.a. wash your face with a gentle cleanser and apply a light moisturizing night cream.
Try to avoid heavy or harsh products since they can do more harm than good (clogged or large pores, irritation, dry skin, even acne) and get at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep. A poor sleep schedule will cause darker under-eyes circles, puffy eyes, wrinkles, eye bags and overall a more aged look on your face.
Most of the aging and deteriorating phase of the skin comes from external factors. Ultraviolet rays (either being A, B, or C types) are damaging your skin. Skipping SPF is putting you at risk for even more serious issues, such as skin cancer. However, don’t go crazy with the skincare routine and apply the sunscreen with the highest SPF since this could also cause problems.
If you go for sunscreens with over 60 SPF they cannot protect you against UVAs as efficiently as those under 60. UVAs cause skin cancer, aging and dark spots, so be careful. The best shield against these rays is to avoid them as much as possible. So, you should think twice when you go for a tan, either in a salon or on the beach. Longer sun exposure = higher chances of developing these problems earlier.