Today we are talking about bad habits when it comes to skincare. We either may be taking advice from the wrong people or have built bad skincare habits over the years (which can be hard to break). I will be sharing with you what you can do instead to properly care for your skin and why these habits listed below may be doing more harm than good.
Non-professional skincare advice (take with a grain of salt).
There is nothing wrong with sharing your personal routine with others, but I would take what people say based on "what works for them" with a grain of salt. I have seen a lot of celebrity skincare routines that were quite alarming (due to how much false information was in it).
2. Picking your skin.
This is something I used to do as a teenager. The thought of going to sleep with my makeup now makes me cringe, especially if I have sunscreen, foundation, or eye makeup on. Not cleaning your face before bed can not only clog your pores but can boost your exposure to free radicals, leading to premature aging. When your skin is covered in makeup, it isn't able to breathe and repair itself properly. Sleeping in eye makeup may increase your risk of developing a stye (blocked oil gland in the eyelid). The list goes on for reasons why you shouldn't sleep in your makeup.
5. Skipping sunscreen (thinking its seasonal).
This is something I hear a lot. People say they don't "need" sunscreen because it's no longer summer. UV rays are here all year round, and I throw this fact at people all the time to prove my point.. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's UV light. UVA rays remain constant throughout the year and can penetrate through clouds and fog. So if you want your skin to be 100% protected from not only premature aging, but also reduce your risk of skin cancer (approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day) then remember to incorporate it into your every day skincare regimen regardless of the season.
6. Not double cleansing.
Once I started double cleansing, I never went back to my old ways of cleansing. It's not possible to remove all sunscreen residue from the skin with just one cleanse. Starting off with an oil cleanser or cleansing balm will break down the sunscreen, makeup, oil, and impurities from the skin. It is a myth that it will make your skin "oilier" if you have combination or oily skin, which is what I hear as a common worry amongst people who do not double cleanse with an oil. This isn't a possibility since the oil is meant to go onto dry skin and once it melts away what is on the skin, you rinse it off. You follow with a regular cleanser after to ensure the skin is clean and ready for your skincare products to penetrate properly.
Exfoliation is necessary for everyone regardless of their skin type. Doing this 1-2 times a week should be enough to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Over-exfoliation can cause issues like redness, dryness, irritation, and even breakouts.
Some signs of over-exfoliation include..
- irritation, burning, or peeling
- redness and inflammation
- breakouts, especially small pimples
- increased sensitivity to other products in your routine
8. Neglecting your neck and chest.
9. Using makeup wipes.
10. Using bar soaps instead of cleanser.
Any cleanser you use on your face needs to have moisturizing ingredients. Most traditional bar soaps don't contain these ingredients and will strip your skin of moisture. Most of them contain synthetic fragrance and dyes. It is also less hygienic compared to a cleanser that comes with a pump or in a tube. It's best to get rid of bar soaps, especially if you have sensitive or eczema-prone skin.