We are all born with different skin and unfortunately not born skin care experts! It can take a lot of trial and error finding the right products and skin care routine for yourself. Although it’s always great to try new things, there are some skin care steps that could be damaging your skin in the long term. Try to avoid these whenever you can for healthier, happier skin!
#1 Not Wearing an SPF
SPF isn't just for summer! UV rays are all around us at all times of the year, it's best to protect your skin from them daily. Sun damage can age your skin with fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots and damage it much further. For best protection, you should use an SPF specifically designed to wear on your face, so it doesn't clog your pores! You can find SPF in some facial moisturisers and even foundations now, although it's recommended you have sun protection in both.
When looking for SPF make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Never forget your neck and chest when applying UV protection as they can age just as fast as your face!
If you’ve gone a long time in your life without wearing an SPF on your face it may be worth getting a skin scan, just in case! In these scans, you are able to see the damage to your skin and you’ll be able to see the steps you should take to protect it. Unfortunately, a lot of skin damage is irreversible however, it’s never too late to start preventing more damage!
#2 Not Removing Makeup at Night
We’ve all been there, coming in from a night out or an extremely long day and having no energy at all. You may think a little bit of leftover makeup can’t do you much harm but unfortunately, it can. Not washing your makeup off properly, or at all, can leave your pores clogged and cause blemishes and irritated skin. If you don’t remove your eye makeup at night either, this can cause inflammation of the eyelash follicle leading to irritation and even cysts. Your skin repairs itself overnight while you sleep, so it is vital you remove your makeup every evening. Not allowing your skin to breath overnight can lead to uneven skin tone, dark spots, dryness and acne.
If you are removing your makeup every evening and still suffering from dryness, try an overnight mask. You can get great hydrating masks that can really help your skin repair! We wouldn’t recommend using one every night as it may clog your pores but a few times a week would be perfect. Another great way to help your skin recover and hydrate it is using an oil in the evenings. We love coconut oil and you can read all about its benefits here!
#3 Water Temperature
We often wash our face in the shower where we have the water pretty hot. Showering in ‘too hot’ water can be extremely damaging to your skin and not just on your face! Heat dries skin out, it’s a well-known fact, but this can occur in hot water as well as through heating in our homes! We use hot water to wash all the oil out of pans at home as that’s what works best, right? Hot water can remove too much natural oil from your skin, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Washing your face in too high-temperature water can leave you with red, itchy, flaky skin. You may not see these results after one time, but doing it frequently could really damage your skin. Here Refinery 29 expose their 9 ways you’re damaging your skin and talk heat!
A little hot water every now and then won't hurt. But if you are showering in extremely hot water every day, consider switching it up. Your boiling showers could be damaging the skin on your body too!
#4 Not Washing your Bedding Frequently Enough
You may think skin care mistakes could only be made through skin care products or your routine… Our pillowcases and bedding can harbour a lot of bacteria, which we sleep on every night! It’s important to change your bedding at least once a week if you’re having trouble with acne then it’s recommended to change your pillowcases twice a week. One way of telling if your pillowcases are affecting your acne is looking at the side of your face which you sleep on. Say you sleep on your left side and the left side of your face is more irritated or has more blemishes, this could be an indicator. Sleeping on dirty pillowcases is one of the biggest causes for Acne Mechanica, a good way to avoid this is by using a pillowcase made from a natural fabric.
#5 Not Moisturising Oily Skin
It’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn't need moisturising. Understandably, slathering on moisturiser when you’re particularly oily isn’t the first thing you want to do, but you should! Often, people's skin becomes oily due to being dehydrated. Dehydrated skin over-produces oils to compensate for a lack of moisture so really, you do need to moisturise!
If you have oily skin, you may not want to use a heavy cream. It’s best to go out and find a non-comedogenic moisturiser. Non-comedogenic means it won’t clog your pores! These moisturisers tend to work very well for people with oily and even combination skin. You can also look for moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin as these also stop oils from getting trapped in the skin.
You may not see a change in your skin overnight but stick with it. Your oil levels can take a week or so to regulate but you should see a difference in oil production within two weeks. Keep going with your new skin care routine and keep your skin hydrated!
#6 Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
We know, washing your brushes is the ultimate chore. Standing by the sink for ages, repeatedly circling lathered up brushes in your palm. The dry hands which take a day or two to recover afterwards. It really is not the most glamorous job in the world, but it needs to be done!
Just like your bed sheets, makeup brushes can really harbour bad bacteria. One of the biggest problems with using dirty brushes is an infection. Infection can occur when repeatedly using the same makeup brushes you haven't cleaned especially if you have acne. You could even get conjunctivitis! Germs fester in your brushes and can cause skin irritation and acne.
We would recommend cleaning your brushes weekly, especially if you use them frequently! Luckily you can buy brilliant spot cleaners, perfect for if you are sharing brushes or just don’t have the time to deep clean that day. These are not to be used instead of a deep cleaner though!
#7 Not Drinking Enough Water
Water is vital for our bodies as you’re probably aware. It actually makes up 50-70% of our body mass! Water isn’t just good for the insides of our bodies, it’s fantastic for our skin too! If you’re not drinking enough water your skin could be looking a little lifeless. This is because the more hydrated we are, the more our skin glows! Actually, being hydrated does way more for our skin than just make it glow.
Drinking water can help to prevent wrinkles and aging, uneven skin tone and it can help to really plump the skin. Water could eliminate uneven texture and redness too. It can even fight conditions like psoriasis and eczema! It’s recommended you drink 8 glasses of water a day. Try upping your water intake and see if there is a difference in your skin!
Over exfoliating can be pretty dangerous for your skin. As much as we all love to feel clean, you really don't want to over-do it with this step. A common mistake is exfoliating your skin every single day, you just don’t need to do this! Exfoliating is to remove dead skin cells, you only need to do this 3-4 times a week. On the days you are not exfoliating switch it with a nice gentle cleanser that will still deep clean your pores, but not irritates you.
Over exfoliating can lead to extreme dryness of the skin and even sometimes cracking. Signs your over doing it are flaky, red and irritated skin, a burning sensation when applying skin care or washing your face and increased sensitivity. Over exfoliating can also increase your chances of sun damage when outside!
If by any chance you have any of these symptoms we recommend using a calming, gentle cleanser like our Rosehip & Chamomile Cream. Using calming products on your skin has many benefits, not only do they feel great but they also help the problem deep down. Keep on with the soothing skin care for a few days before you see results.
#9 Squeezing Spots
We are all guilty of it. Popping a few spots here and there, before big events or just because we’re bored! Although there is some controversy around popping pimples, it’s recommended you leave it to the professionals and here is why;
Spots are like little sacks under the skin that hold oil, dirt and bacteria. The more you poke around the spot the more likely you are to push that debris and bacteria further down, leaving you with a bigger problem. Something else people often forget is the bacteria from our hands and fingers can easily transfer onto the spot, leaving us with more chance of even more pimples and inflammation! Popping your spots can lead to scarring, which is even harder to get rid of than the spot itself!
Most breakouts will clear on their own, if not you can always try an acne treatment on them to help them along their way!
If you are ever worried about a large spot that may be inflamed, don’t touch it! If the problem persists it is always best to get it checked over by a doctor or nurse as it could be an infection.
#10 Not Cleansing Around your Hair-Line and NeckThe neck and hairline are often forgotten about when it comes to skin care. People are often left with pimples around their necks or hairline as they are left out when cleansing.
Something to remember about the hairline is that it’s extremely close to your hair, which produces its own oils! These oils slip and slide throughout the day and can easily end up on your skin, especially if you have bangs! When it comes to the neck, a lot of us blend our makeup down there to match the skin tone. It’s so important we cleanse these areas to get rid of any excess dirt or oils. Don’t forget to use the rest of your skin care products around them too to prevent aging!
An extra tip for the hairline is to wash your face in the shower after washing your hair. This will ensure any excess product like conditioner won’t be left there to clog pores!
Don’t worry if you’ve been making any of these mistakes, none of us are perfect! Hopefully, you’ll see great results if you do avoid these common skin care mistakes. Remember, your skin is your biggest organ. It’s so important to look after it just as well as we take care of our internal health. A great skin care routine starts with research. Find out your skin type and look into what it really needs to be healthy. We hope you’re all on the right track to happy skin!
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Love Abigail, Peachy Fox Skincare Writer