Skincare mistakes – we all make them, and we don’t even realise that we’re slowly damaging our skin. Continue reading to discover the 5 common skincare mistakes people make with their skincare routines, and what you need to do to fix them!
1. You’re Mostly Using Face Wipes
Face wipes are one of the most popular and most-used products in people’s skincare routines, but it’s time to ditch the face wipes as they’re not good for your skin at all. Using face wipes causes you to pull and tug at your skin to remove your makeup. Makeup wipes should really only be used in an emergency, or to remove truly stubborn makeup that won’t budge.
For a proper and deep cleanse, remove makeup with an oil-based cleanser then follow with a water-based cleanser to revive and re-balance the skin. Follow with a toner to remove even the tiniest traces of makeup left on the face, and to restore the skin to it’s pH level. Opt for a water-based cleanser that is sulphate-free, brightening and clearing to achieve clear and radiant skin.
2. You’re Not Using The Right Water Temperature
Rinsing your face with super hot or cold water can truly disrupt your skin and prevent your skincare products from working at their best. Beauty myths (such as hot water apparently benefits oily skin as it prevents sebum production, and cold water closes the pores) can do more harm than good when it comes to your skin.
Hot water can cause irritation, lead to dry skin and lead to your blood vessels rupturing. Ice cold water can be just as bad. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash your face, and you’ll start seeing results instantly. Lukewarm water can soothe the skin, and lead to a clearer complexion.
3. You’re Not Taking Your Makeup Off Before Working Out
Leaving your makeup on whilst you go to the gym and work out is one of the worst things you could do to your skin, next to going to bed with makeup on. The idea of removing your makeup before your workout class can sound like such a hassle but trust me, your skin will thank you in the long run.
Remove your makeup with a gentle cleansing water or micellar water before the gym, then deeply cleanse your face once you get home. If you don’t take your makeup off before working out, grime, makeup and sweat can get trapped in your pores, which creates breakouts.
4. You’re Not Checking The Ingredients
Deciphering which ingredients to avoid, and which to include in your skincare routine, can be tough, especially when you can’t even pronounce them and there’s so many out there. The main ingredients to avoid are parabens. Parabens are chemicals (methylparabens, propylparabens, butylparabens, and ethylparabens) used as preservatives in almost all skincare products including, shampoo, makeup, cleansers, and lotions.
Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, and they also act as a hormone disruptor. Opt for natural and vegan skincare products, and check the ingredients of beauty products before you purchase them, especially if your skin is on the sensitive skin.
5. You’re Exfoliating Too Much Or Not At All
Over exfoliating can lead to dryness, irritation, inflammation and even a skin infection. Not exfoliating will result in dull, clogged skin that is more prone to acne and dryness. Exfoliate once to twice a week using a physical exfoliator, like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliator, like a BHA or AHA.