Skin Care Mistakes You Might be Making

1. You do not wash your Face at Night

We understand the stress of taking a shower on some nights; especially when it’s cold and you didn’t sweat all day… but ensure to wash your face every night. Avoid sleeping with make up on your face. If you’re too tired to wash your face, you can’t be too tired to wipe the makeup off your face with a makeup remover or face wipe. Make up can block the sweat and oil glands, which could end up clogging your pores. Residue from eye makeup may fall into your eyes while you sleep and having them all night in your eyes are harmful. When you wipe your make up with removers or face wipes, ensure to not tug at your eye area as that can weaken the delicate skin. Soak your remover in a cotton pad and hold it against your eye lid for a few seconds before cleaning it gently.

However, you should not replace washing your face with using makeup removers or wipes. Using face wipes daily in place of face wash is so convenient, yet so unhealthy for your skin as they could dry out or break out in the long run. It’s advisable to use make up removers not more than three times in a week. Wash your face every night and apply your skin care products and acne medications at least an hour before you go to bed, so that they have the time to work into your skin before you rub it all off on your sheets. Do not forget to apply products on your neck too.

2. You scrub your face daily 

When you exfoliate, a part of your skin layer actually comes off and once it’s removed; your skin is exposed to sun damage which causes abnormal aging. It is better to exfoliate at night, to give your skin time to take in the products and produce new protective layers. No matter how much you enjoy exfoliating, do not over exfoliating. Scrubbing should be done three times a week at most. Avoid using harsh scrubs. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that has broad spectrum and shields you from UVA rays.

3. You are using the wrong products on your skin 

With the number of skin care products within your reach, it’s easy to get caught in the buzz and want to try everything you can; but different products are designed for different skin types. It’s important to know the content of a product before you use it. Know the items that are good for your skin and avoid those that are not. Do not use too many products at the same time and do not use too much product at once. It’s better to stick to one brand and follow through with their skin care routine and layering steps. Ensure to not layer your products wrongly, that is a mistake on its own.

If you have dry skin, you should go for products that add more moisture to your skin. If you deal with pimples, you should avoid products with ingredients that cause acne. If you have a sensitive skin, avoid foamy face wash and use more gentle creamy cleansers. If you have oily skin, always moisturize your oily skin and do not use products that dry out your skin in a bid to make it less oily. That only breaks it out and makes it oilier because that is one of the skin’s ways of healing. Use moisturizers that are free of harsh irritants. Always use sun screen! Always use sunscreen!! Always use sunscreen!!! It can never be said too much.

4. You take hot showers regularly

Don’t forget that hot water strips your skin of essential moisture and healthy oils, so it is better to take warm baths. Find out more about what hot water does to your skin

5. You do not get enough sleep

Getting a good night sleep is more important that you think. It helps blood flow properly throughout your body and prevents dull and pale skin with eye bags. Stress can cause the skin to generate free radicals and that makes it necessary to always get a good night rest.

6. You overuse your bed sheets and make up brushes

Aside the dust that fly around all day, when you sleep at night, you leave dirt and toxins from your sweat on the bed sheets, and they accumulate and return to your skin when you lay on them again. This can clog your skin. Form the habit of washing your bed sheets and pillow cases regularly to avoid re-circling the germs and other toxins from your face to your pillow and back to your face. Use silk or satin pillows to minimize permanent creases and complexion issues

Just as it is necessary to wash your bed sheets, it is necessary to keep your brushes cleans to avoid retaining and transferring of germs. A brush cleaner is more important than you think it is. Wash them in hot water to kill off dust mites that may cause allergies

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