Every now and then, a new article would pop online telling people to avoid this and that particular skincare mistake. Most of the information from these articles actually help readers, but many of them contradict each other. In fact, there are probably thousands of skincare information on the Internet today that cause confusion more than help people. The good news is that effective skincare is founded on a few basic principles that are tried and true and ones you can truly rely on regardless of what new information comes out from the media. Here they are:
Not Wearing Sunblock
You have probably heard this a million times, but let me reiterate: The sun is your skin’s number enemy. Sure, your skin needs sunlight to stay healthy, too, but overexposure can lead to sun spots, wrinkles, and worst, skin cancer. For this reason, not wearing sunscreen when going out on a sunny day is and forever will be the number skincare mistake you can commit. Also, not many people realize this, but skin cancer can be deadlier than some forms of cancer known to man. To protect your skin (and prolong your life) always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Even if it’s cloudy and seems the sun is not going to show up, apply sunscreen on your face and arms still.
Going Crazy with Exfoliating
Exfoliating is good, but not if you overdo it. Unfortunately, this is exactly what most beauty-conscious girls and guys do. The problem with over exfoliating is that it gets rid not just of dead cells, but also of new cells and damaged cells that are trying to heal. A good rule of the thumb is to exfoliate at least once a week only. This will get rid of dead skin cells faster while giving enough time for new cells to grow and damaged cells to heal, leaving you with smooth, healthy skin.
Sleeping Only Four Hours at Night
The expression “beauty sleep” did not come about for no reason at all. You see, when you sleep, your body goes through a lot of changes, and one of those changes is healing and renewing your skin. Simply put, you are improving your beauty every time you sleep. Obviously, the opposite happens when you fail to get enough sleep or rest.
Having a Poor Eating Habit
“You become what you eat” is an expression you should really keep in mind when it comes to taking care of your skin. Feed yourself with garbage and you will eventually look like garbage. Feed yourself with nutritious foods that are rich in antioxidants and you will have skin that’s not only healthy, but glowing and young looking as well.
Invest in the Wrong Skincare Products
It’s easy to believe that all skincare products are the same and what separates popular brands from less popular ones is effective marketing. Marketing may play a huge role, but popular brands are popular for a reason, and one of the reasons is that they are truly effective. Not all cheap products should be ignored at the same time, because in some cases, the cheap ones can deliver better results. The key here is to invest in products that you know will work for you. With so many products in the market today, you have probably experimented with a good number of beauty creams, facial wash, and the like. Find out what works for you and don’t waste money on products that don’t.
Sleeping with Your Makeup On
You definitely want to wake up with your skin glowing and looking gorgeous. You won’t be able to achieve that, though, if you sleep with your makeup still on. As mentioned, your skin renews and heals itself when you sleep, but having makeup on while sleeping can hinder this process and even cause the opposite of what you want to have, which is clear, healthy skin. For this reason, always remember to get rid of your makeup before going to bed at night.
Overdoing Skincare Treatment
Too much of anything is bad. Period. Whether it’s applying your own beauty regimen at home or visiting your favorite skincare clinic, you would want to do things in moderation. There is no point in fixing something that is not broken, so if your doctor advises you to visit her clinic once a month or once every two months, take heed, unless something comes up that would really require a visit.
There are probably other skincare mistakes other people would say you should avoid, but these are ones you should really put on top of your list. Even if you follow only these seven tips, you will do good and can rest assured that you’ll have healthy and beautiful skin for as long as you want.