5 Skincare Mistakes You Are Blindly Committing
It is very common that we tend to stick to certain beauty routines and adopt them religiously without paying attention to minor details, skincare differs from one skin type to another, and sometimes even when you’re prescribed a customized skincare plan you won’t feel it’s delivering the desired results after all… This could be due to the fact that you are doing some mistakes while dealing with your skin, and most of the times it is the things you are NOT doing that leave you with okay results.. Below, 5 skincare mistakes that will help you skip that plateau and make the best out of your products..
Mistake #1: When exfoliation slips from your memory all the time!
Probably the least product ever used from your vanity is facial scrubs.. Ask yourself how many times per week you use a scrub or exfoliating mask and we bet your answer will be ‘when I remember!’…
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Regardless of your skin type, there will always be the perfect facial scrub for you, it is in fact one of the best things you can do to your skin.. Most people skip exfoliation for its messy/ time consuming nature.. However, when doing so 3 times per week you will notice some major skin improvement.. Exfoliating with acid serums applied underneath moisturizers takes less time, by applying ingredients like glycolic and lactic acids which work deeply to dissolve the glue that holds dead cells together, this will dramatically reveal a brighter, smoother and clearer complexion the morning after!
Mistake #2: Ignoring neck and décolleté when applying sunscreen.
Even the simple act of applying facial SPF leftovers to your neck and décolleté is not enough! Your neck requires more attention!
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Our neck and décolleté are extensions of our faces, after the age of 40, the neck loses tone and gets discoloration and wrinkles. Treat it with the same respect you give your face by always applying a generous layer of sunscreen to the front and sides of the neck, including your chest if you’re wearing a shirt or dress that exposes this area. At night, use a specifically formulated neck cream for younger looking skin in those areas!
Mistake #3: Letting your skin ‘breathe’ by not wearing foundation makeup daily.
To many, achieving perfect skin is always driven by the hope of not wearing foundation ever again! Perfecting your skin for the sole reason of going makeup free is a myth that needs to disappear! Thinking that you’re giving your skin the chance to ‘breathe’ without makeup is wrong! Your skin doesn’t have a respiratory system!
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Think of makeup as a skincare product because during daylight hours it protects your skin from UV light and environmental damage. Most forms of liquid or powder foundations contain ingredients like titanium dioxide that act as a natural sun protectant. Even if your makeup doesn’t indicate it has SPF, it is definitely still guarding your skin against the sun’s damaging rays.
Mistake #4: Treating your blemishes the wrong way.
The act of spot-treating a blemish by drying it out the minute it appears is plain wrong! When a blemish appears, your body has incredible repair responses that immediately recognize when an infection is present and then kick into high gear to heal it. The problem comes when you, thinking you’re helping, interfere with these natural processes and end up making it worse.
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I will simply refer to Renee Rouleau’s great explanation of why drying out blemishes pronto is wrong..
“When you get a red, painful blemish, ONE of two things will happen: The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin resulting in a white head. If your skin could talk, it would say, “There is an infection and I want it out. The way I’ll take care of this is to excrete the infection through the skin’s surface.” This type of blemish is called a pustule.
The infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it. If your skin could talk, it would say, “I’m just going to hang out down here for a bit. Don’t worry, I’ll go away on my own.” This type of blemish is called a cyst.
FOR PUSTULAR BLEMISHES:
It’s best to not act the minute you feel it coming on, instead, wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin. Once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue, and then apply a spot-drying treatment, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any lingering infection. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin. This keeps the infection trapped underneath for longer which causes the infection to stretch the surrounding skin tissue and sets off a response that creates discoloration and leaves behind a dark acne scar that will linger for weeks or even months.
FOR CYSTIC BLEMISHES:
Mostly occurring in the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts are like submarines; they are meant to stay under the skin. No matter what method you employ, cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking! Your best bet is to treat the cyst with Anti Cyst Treatment, which will help dissolve the infection while also preventing future cysts.’
Mistake #5: Treating wrinkles and adult breakouts with the wrong routine..
The age between 25-35 is a stage where we still get clogged pores and breakouts, yet we’re noticing fine lines and wrinkles. This phase is the most challenging, because you will be addressing the breakouts with drying acne products, or you don’t have anything to prevent blemishes and they are using heavier anti-defying products. A fact: your skin really needs is the best of both worlds!
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Stop any acne product that leaves your skin feeling tight, dry and irritated because it will create dry skin cell buildup on the surface that traps oil and bacteria within the pores and can lead to more breakouts. Any product formulated for healthy aging that feels remotely greasy on the skin is not good either because acne-prone skin needs less oil since oil breeds bacteria and bacteria will lead to breakouts. So what should you do?
Your best case scenario would be to understand how to prevent adult hormonal breakouts. In addition, you’ll want to use a gentle salicylic acid exfoliant under moisturizer three nights a week. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that penetrates into the pore lining to clear out bacteria, preventing the formation of blemishes. It is also good for smoothing and encouraging cell turnover needed to keep skin looking and acting young. Using a performance product like this along with a sulfate-free cleanser, alcohol-free toner, a lightweight moisturizer and oil-free serums loaded with soothing antioxidants can make for a great routine that gives your skin the balance it so desperately needs to be healthy and clear.