Skincare Mistakes That Can Damage Your Face

4 September 2019

Society's obsession with skincare has definitely stepped up over the past few years. It appears that the general population now knows that instead of washing our faces with bar soap, our skin requires a little more care.

As the largest organ of the body, it should be no surprise that your skin has many very important jobs. It keeps germs out, and moisture in as well as protecting every other organ inside. When it comes to taking care of your skin, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you should be doing. If using the wrong products, or if applying the correct product the wrong way you're raising the chances of your skin being prone to perioral dermatitis, psoriasis, and similar skin issues.

With that in mind, here are seven skincare mistakes that you should try to avoid.

Wearing Makeup To Bed

After a long and difficult day, all most of us want to do is crawl into bed and sleep. If you’ve been wearing makeup during the day, however, you should try and remember to remove it first. While you can be forgiven for forgetting to do so once or twice, try not to make it a habit. Failing to remove your makeup can clog your pores and oil glands, which can lead to inflammation and breakouts.

Cleansing With Hot Water

Cleansing your skin daily is very important, but you must be kind when doing so. While hot water can be relaxing and might seem like it cleans better, it can damage your skin. Along with the dirt and grime, the heat can strip away healthy oils and moisture. This will leave your skin exposed and feeling dry, which can cause irritation. 

Rather than switch to cold water, you should go for a lukewarm temperature. You may also wish to use CBD creams as part of your skincare routine to help with any troublesome areas you have, such as eczema, acne, and areas of inflammation, as an extra boost of product that can help to calm things down a little and help your skin look as good as possible.

Exfoliating Oily Skin Away

Exfoliation is a key step in skin care because it helps to remove dirt and dead skin cells, as well as excess oils. This helps to leave your skin looking fresh and glowing. But there are a few issues that exfoliation simply can’t fix. While you might think that exfoliating will help your oily skin by washing it all away, it tends to make the problem much worse instead. This is because removing oil causes oil production to increase. Excess exfoliation might leave your skin exposed to toxins too.

Ignoring Your Skin Type

The reason you might not see better results with your skincare products is that they aren’t suited to your needs. Before stocking your bathroom cabinets with cleansers and moisturisers, you have to find out what your skin type is. Loading up on a moisturiser for sensitive skin isn’t going to do you any good if you need a moisturizer for dry skin. While some products state that they’re suitable for all skin types, it’s best to find out which products work and are designed for you.

Sleeping In Dirty Sheets

Sleep is crucial for healthy skin, but the way you sleep could put your skin at risk. As you doze each night, your pillowcases become covered in a buildup of dead skin cells, scalp oil, and other grime.
If you lay your face in this, it can cause your pores to block, resulting in a number of other issues. The best way to avoid this is to change your pillowcases regularly. Every two weeks is usually best, but, if your skin is particularly acne-prone, change your sheets weekly.

Picking At Your Face

Every time you pick at your skin, you will cause damage. Sometimes this is nothing worse than a little irritation, but your picking could result in acne, scars, and wrinkles too. 

Touching your face in any way also transfers dirt and bacteria to the skin. This is why you must try to keep your hands to yourself. If you struggle with this, then find ways to keep your fingers busy. Your phones are covered in germs, so think about that before you text and touch your face.

Missing Sunscreen In Winter

Despite the name, sunscreen shouldn’t only be worn on sunny days. After all, even when there are clouds in the sky, the sun is still shining. This means that its harmful UV rays will continue to damage your skin. To keep your face young and protect from skin cancers, you should wear sunscreen all year round, even during the winter months. 

Make sunscreen a part of your usual skincare routine and wear it every time you leave the house.

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