Everyone follows a certain skincare routine they’ve been sticking to for years. It can be hard to break the habit but if it’s the wrong kind of “skincare”, it will do you good to start practicing a correct routine now.
Skincare, while it may seem common sensical, requires more information, know-how and practice before you finally get it right. What you learned as a child, that is, to simply wash off your face when you get up in the morning, and cleanse again before hitting the sheets, is not good enough for your aging skin.
You probably picked up some skincare practices along the way too — some essential oil your grandmother swore by, an evening moisturizer you grew up seeing on your mother’s dresser and, a facial scrub your college BFF recommended. For years, you would have been performing the same routine, day and night, religiously — couldn’t get out of the streets without it, and couldn’t hit the sheets without completing it.
It’s time you examined your age old skincare practices and compare how it fares with the 6 common skin-care mistakes listed below. If you see anything inconsistent, adjust your routine accordingly to start saving your face from damage and aging right now.
- Wearing sunscreen only when you take a trip to the beach. Everyday, whether you’re spending sun time or staying indoors, and whether it’s sunny or cloudy, is always a day to wear non-toxic sun protection. If you have been practicing this, we hope you’ve been reapplying often throughout the day too.
- Washing your face withwater that’s either too cold or too hot. Extreme water temperatures dry out your skin which negates the reason why you’re scrubbing off dirt and grime in the first place. Use only lukewarm water. Moisturize immediately after washing to bring back moisture into your skin and avoid that skin tightening feeling that makes your skin more prone to wrinkles.
- Applying products with retinoids during the day. Stop wasting your product and your hard earned dollar! Remember, retinoids degrade when exposed to sunlight. So, what’s the point of wearing your expensive retinoids during daytime? Save them for your evening routine instead.
- Stop using products with alcohols to control facial oil. If you’re still using alcohol-based products, the ones with ethanol anyway and not the fatty alcohols, to manage that greasy face of yours, it’s time you took a u-turn in your skincare philosophy. While alcohol may make your face shine-free for a few hours, oil will ooze out in full force soon enough because your skin will try to compensate for the lost moisture. Then, you end up with a greasier face.
- Sleeping with your make up on your face. If there was a cardinal sin in skincare, this will be it. Give your skin room to breathe. Scrub off skin impurities, including makeup, at the end of the day to avoid infecting your pores. Use an oil-based makeup remover to wipe off stubborn makeup.
- Leaving out exfoliation in your skincare routine. Even the most delicate skin types need regular exfoliation, that is, at least once or twice weekly. Refrain from using exfoliators that will bruise and injure your skin. It’s best to use exfoliants that gently lift and eliminate your outer skin layer, such as alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids which includes lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids. Gentle physical exfoliators like facial brushes should also be fine. It really depends on what works well for you. Periodically visit your dermatologist for a clinical grade exfoliation.
Skincare need not be elaborate nor expensive, it only has to be correctly practiced. Cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect during the day, and to cleanse, tone and regenerate at night. Remember that the best weapon to combat skin aging is to do the right things to your skin every time.
Addie Davison, is a freelance writer from Newark, New Jersey, USA.As she is very health conscious so she loves to write about health, fitness. She is very hard-working and responsible. Her articles are very detail oriented and unique. Connect with her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest.