Avoid These Skincare Mistakes

Tips on where your skincare may be going wrong and what you can do to get it right!

Sleeping In Makeup

It’s late, you’re tired, the last thing you feel like is cleansing your skin. It’s easier just to crash now and to clean your face in the morning, right?

WRONG!

Going to bed without removing your makeup is a recipe for disaster! When your pores become clogged with unremoved makeup your skin can become irritated, inflamed and form bumps which can eventually lead to acne.

It also accelerates the ageing process as your skin cells can’t regulate properly at night time with makeup left on. No one would CHOOSE to have pimples and wrinkles. But that is what can happen if you sleep in your makeup.

Remove your makeup every night, it’s simply not worth losing a few minutes of sleep to risk damaging your healthy skin.

Excessive scrubbing

We all know that exfoliation is key in maintaining fresh, clear, glowing skin. Gentle exfoliation eliminates excess dead skin cells allowing your skincare products to penetrate better. But some people take scrubbing way too far and end up impairing the barrier of their skin by removing too many protective layers. 

Overuse of an exfoliant in the skin can result in:

  • Tightness
  • Dryness or dehydration
  • Stinging, burning and redness
  • Flakiness

Most skin types do not need to be exfoliated more than once or twice per week. If you experience any of the above symptoms, hold off on scrubs.  If your skincare products contain hydroxy acids, remember that these ingredients exfoliate and hydrate too. You may be better served by using your hydroxy acid products intermittently rather than every day. The right amount of exfoliation will only leave you with a healthy glow!

Change Your Pillowcase Regularly

What does my pillowcase have to do with my skincare routine?

A lot, actually. 

Your pillowcase stores dust and particles of skin and hair cells which rub off during the night. So every night when your head hits the pillow you are placing your face against yesterdays debris, potentially causing cross-contamination.

It’s important to change your pillowcase every two days to ensure your skin is kept free of irritants and bacteria.

Silk pillowcases are even better than cotton for preventing wrinkles as the fabric doesn’t create friction or cause abrasion and draws in moisturiser to the skin.

Beauty sleep is real, and it starts with giving your skin a clean fresh pillowcase to rest upon nightly. 

Not Using Sunscreen

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Incidental sun exposure, over a lifetime, can contribute to an increased risk of skin cancer, sun damage and premature ageing.

Summer is not the only time to use sunscreen in your routine.

In fact, it’s necessary to apply a sunscreen to your face daily, regardless of the season. Most skincare lines these days contain a double duty moisturiser with built-in sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays which cause DNA damage. There is no reason to subject your gorgeous skin to pigmentation, ageing and possible skin cancer when the solution is so readily available.

Not washing your makeup brushes

Your makeup brushes are an investment which forms the backbone of your makeup kit.

Dirty makeup brushes can accumulate bacteria and lead to skin irritation, clogged pores and acne. If you spend a lot of time and money investing in professional skincare and makeup, then you are potentially wasting your money by not cleaning your makeup brushes.

Treat your makeup brushes the same way you treat your hair, wash regularly in gentle shampoo until the water runs clear and then dry them out either by hanging them or placing on a clean hand towel. Not only will your brushes last longer but your skin will thank you for it.

Not Cleaning Your Phone

Most of us are glued to our phones 24/7 these days, but even when you wash your hands thoroughly, your phone screen is still a good breeding ground for dirt and bacteria.

Try to wipe your phone with disinfecting wipe several times a day to help prevent cross-contamination because every time you place your phone to your ear you are transferring germs onto your skin. Wherever possible switch to Bluetooth. It’s simple things like this that can keep your skin fresh, clean, clear and glowing.

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