Your skin is not only the largest organ of your body, but it’s also the first part of you that makes an impression. But without careful care, your skin can look dull and lifeless, highlighting signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Keep it healthy, glowing and youthful by avoiding this eight skin care mistakes.
1. Pausing Before Moisturizing
After you wash your face, apply your moisturizer or night cream immediately. After 60 seconds, the air causes your skin to become dehydrated. Wash quickly and follow up with toner while your skin is still damp, then moisturizer.
2. Combining Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne Products
Retinol, which helps your skin retain a youthful look, and benzoyl peroxide, which helps fight blemishes, are both useful skin products. But avoid combining the two, which can leave your skin inflamed and irritated.
3. Ignoring Your Skin Type
Buying products for the wrong skin type is counterproductive, according to GQ magazine . Figure out whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, and plan your care regime accordingly.
4. Too Much Exfoliation
While you may love the smooth feeling exfoliation gives you, too much of a good thing can leave your skin vulnerable to damage. Instead, do so only two to three times a week, not every day.
5. Sleeping in Your Makeup
Failing to take off your makeup each night not only leads to irritation and blemishes, but can also enlarge your pores permanently. If they become too clogged, collagen production is lowered and your skin will be less elastic and look older.
6. Mistreating Blemishes
According to Forbes, you should never squeeze or pick at blemishes . Instead, squeeze gently with your fingertips (not nails) only when the white material surfaces. Then, treat immediately with a spot drying treatment–and leave it alone. Ignoring this advice can lead to redness, infection, and scarring.
7. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Not just sporadically, every single day–especially your foundation brush. Not doing so can dirty and damage your skin, causing breakouts and dullness.
8. Not Wearing Sunscreen Every Day
And don’t rely on the SPF in your makeup. Not only is it lower than most of us need, we don’t use enough makeup to give effective coverage. Use at least SPF 30 on all exposed skin areas every day, no matter how cloudy the sky.
Changing these bad skin habits will get you much closer to fresh, youthful, unblemished face.