When it comes to our skin, it can be difficult to know how to look after it properly, as all our skins are different. There are certain things that we’ve all done to our skin at some point, that’s harming it – things we often mistakenly think are beneficial. We’re going to take you through 8 of these common skin mistakes and give you advice on how you can turn them around.
Sleeping on your face
When we sleep on our face, we are making them subject to gravity; causing puffiness. It also means that our faces have direct contact with our pillowcases; causing friction and sleep lines. This can prematurely age your face as you are pressing it into the creases of your pillowcase, causing lines to appear; and eventually leading to sleep wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid all of this. Swapping your usual cotton pillowcase for a silk one will help keep your skin smooth as there is less friction when lying on it, and less creases are formed.
Not washing your face correctly
There are two main mistakes we make where washing our face is concerned – not washing it after a gym session, and not removing makeup correctly. Even if you go to the gym with a clean face, it’s important to cleanse your skin again after a workout, as sweat can clog our pores, causing breakouts. When it comes to removing our makeup, a double cleanse is essential to make sure we remove all traces. Again, not removing your makeup can clog your pores are cause a breakout. Cleanse first with an oil-based balm cleanser to break down the makeup, then follow with a cream of gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin.
Not understanding your skincare
Not understanding the skincare products that we are putting on our faces, or how to use them, can make their effectiveness decrease or become null and void. It’s important to understand the order to apply skincare products in, so that we can maximise their benefits. Always apply the thinner consistency products before thicker products, and apply the most active ingredients, such as Retinol or Salicylic Acid first; before other serums and creams. Oils should always be applied last, as they can act as a barrier, stopping other products from having an effect on your skin. It’s also extremely important to understand the effects that active ingredient products are having on our skin – for example, you don’t want to jump right in and use too high a strength of Retinol, as you’ll just end up with your skin drying out and peeling.
Not drinking enough water
I think we are all probably guilty of not drinking enough water. Experts recommend at least 8 glasses per day, to help flush body and skin toxins out of our systems, and to hydrate. There is a bit of a disagreement over whether drinking water actually has any effect on your skin, but lots believe that it is beneficial; making skin look healthier, plumper and more radiant. The body is make up of 60% water, and our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that drinking enough water will help it to function as it should.
Not changing your flannel often enough
Every time you wash your face, you should be using a new flannel or muslin cloth. Used cloths can harbour bacteria, and using one again means that we are transferring this bacteria to our skin. This is especially important if you are using the cloths to remove makeup – you should be putting it straight into the wash afterwards.
Not moisturising oily skin
It’s a common misconception that you shouldn’t moisturise oily skin. This isn’t the case, and oily skin needs moisturised just the same. In fact, not moisturising oily skin can cause the skin to dry and over-produce its own oil to compensate. Choose a moisturiser that is specially formulate for oily or acne-prone skin, as this won’t clog pores; but will increase your skins hydration levels.
Not wearing SPF
To put it simply, if you are outside, whatever the season, you need to be wearing a facial SPF to protect your skin. Even in the winter months, the sun and its UVA and UVB rays can be strong. Experts recommend at least an SPF of 30, applied at every two hours. There are many ways you can apply this to your skin – via a dedicated facial sunscreen, or via makeup or skincare products that have an SPF level. It’s also important to note that SPF isn’t accumulative – i.e. applying two products that each have an SPF level of 15, does not equal an overall SPF of 30. After applying your initial SPF, you can get facial sprays that contain SPF, or face powders that contain SPF; which can be helpful when it comes to reapplying throughout the day.
Not cleaning your makeup brushes
Think back to the last time you properly cleaned your makeup brushes, and you may get a shock. When we use a makeup brush, we are transferring the dirt and bacteria from our faces onto the brush; making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Continuing to use these brushes without cleaning them, means that we are transferring this bacteria build-up onto our makeup products and back onto our faces. Washing your brushes regularly also helps to keep the bristles soft, and hence less abrasive on our skin.
Are you guilty of all or any of these common skin mistakes? If you are, it’s easy to make changes, to keep our skin cleaner and healthier. Tweet us @fashionfixdaily if you can think of any others we've missed out.
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