Are you making these common skincare mistakes?
Everybody makes mistakes, especially when it comes to skincare. Sometimes we’re in a rush and forget to do something. Other times we do the wrong thing when we think we’re doing the right thing. Some of these mistakes are so simple and we could avoid them if we’re aware of them. Here are some of the most common skincare mistakes you may not know you’re making.
Exfoliating too often
Whether it’s your body or your face, you need to be aware of how often you exfoliate. If you exfoliate too often, you may end up damaging your skin. There are tell-tale signs you’re over-exfoliating that you should look out for. For example, your face may look a little bit swollen, you may experience dryness and irritation, it might be more shiny than usual or you may experience breakouts when you usually have clear skin.
Generally, you should exfoliate only once or twice a week. Anything more than three times a week and you’re definitely overdoing it. People with oilier skin types may want to exfoliate more often than people with dry, sensitive skin.
Regularly ignoring your night-time skincare regimen
Many people focus on their skincare in the morning because they want to feel and look fresh for the day ahead. Then, they neglect their skin at night because they’re tired and simply want to relax and go to bed. Plus, splashing water on your face may just wake you up and stop you from getting that much-needed sleep. However, you need to clean your skin at night, even if you don’t wear makeup.
During the day, dirt and grime from your surroundings get into your pores. Think about how many times a day you rest your face on your hand or how many times you touch your face while scratching an itchy spot. Everything that’s on your hands is transferred to your face. At the end of the day, you need to wash all that dirt and grime off your face, as well as the natural oils that have built up over the hours. Even if you simply use dermatologically-approved face wipes, at least you’re cleaning your pores.
Ignoring minor stretch marks
If you’ve recently put on weight, lost weight or are pregnant, you’ll likely notice stretch marks in certain areas, like your breasts, stomach, upper arms, thighs and bum. They may start out small and you may think they’ll fade over time, but that’s not the case. The more weight you gain, especially during pregnancy, the more likely these stretch marks will get worse. You shouldn’t leave these until they’re a problem before you start taking care of them.
Tissue oil is often used to repair and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Gently rub in the tissue oil in a circular motion directly on the area. You will see a difference after regular usage.
Washing your face too rigorously, too many times a day
There is such a thing as washing your face too often. Many people with oily skin try to wash their face as often as possible to stop their face from looking greasy. However, washing your face too many times per day may actually cause a breakout. When you cleanse your face, you’re washing away the dirt and grime on your skin. The problem is that when you do it too often, you strip away the natural oils on your face. When your body realises that it’s lacking oil, it will produce more. Therefore, you may end up with oilier skin than when you started your rigorous skincare regimen.
How many times you wash your face a day depends on you. Some may only need to wash their face once a day, while others prefer to do it both in the morning and at night. Experts say that you shouldn’t wash your face more than twice a day unless you’ve been working out and perspiring.