Skin care requires dedication and diligence. Sometimes you’ll slip up and not properly take care of your skin. Other times you might make mistakes in your routine and not even know it. Today we’re looking at five commonly made errors in skin care and how you can delete them from your own regimen. No more accidental (or intentional) bad skin habits for you once you read this article.
Mistake #1 Sometimes You Sleep In Your Make-Up
We all have super busy lives, and sometimes when you’re really exhausted, going to the bathroom to cleanse, remove your make up and moisturize, just seems like too much. If you’re nodding off early, you need to make sure you have a quick and easy solution to remove your make up and cleanse your skin. Never go to bed wearing makeup – no matter what! Wearing makeup to bed can lead to clogged pores as you will have oil, cosmetics and dead skin cells on your skin. It can also end up causing blemishes. Not cleansing your face can mean that you won’t wake up with glowing skin.
Make things easy for yourself by finding a super easy way to cleanse. Use micellar water or cleansing wipes created for your skin type. With micellar water, a few swipes across your face with a cotton pad will remove makeup and any buildup that might have formed throughout the day. Micellar water is effective at cleansing the skin because the solution is filled with micelles, water-soluble oil particles that attract oil, dirt and make up like a magnet. Saturate a cotton ball then gently wipe over your face to lift away foundation, eye makeup, oil or residue from your face. Micellar water is effective at cleansing all skin types including oily and sensitive skin.
Mistake # 2 You don’t exercise regularly
Okay you’re probably thinking, “What does exercise have to do with my skin care routine?” The answer could be, a lot! When you work up a sweat it helps open up your pores to expel dirt and oil. Just make sure to cleanse after your sweat session because your perspiration and dead skin cells can be a breeding ground for blemishes. Read our pre- and post-gym skin care guide here.
Mistake # 3 You don’t use SPF every day
SPF is incredibly important. So important in fact, that you need to make it a part of your everyday routine. Even when it’s snowing outside you should be wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or higher. Why? Because sun exposure is by far the biggest factor of skin aging. You can help prevent sun damage to your skin in the form of sun spots, fine lines, and sagging skin. The easiest way is to always wear SPF and try to use a daily moisturizer or BB cream with sun protection included in it. Just apply after cleansing in the morning and you’re good to go!
Mistake # 4 You’re exfoliating too much/too little
Exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and helps your skin care products work more effectively. Try to exfoliate at least once a week either with a product that includes gentle fruit acids or gentle beads. Avoid exfoliating too often as this can make your skin irritated and more suspectible to blemishes
Mistake # 5 You haven’t made antioxidants a part of your life
Antioxidants are excellent not only for your body but also your skin. You can get your daily antioxidants from food as well as your skincare products.. Look for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea and retinol (Vitamin A) included in serums, cleansers and moisturizers. When it comes to food, leafy greens, citrus fruits and berries are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help your skin look flawless.