Getting stuck in a skincare rut sees many of us repeating the same bad skincare practices over and over again. It’s time to identify some of the skincare mistakes we’re making in order to prevent our skin from damage.
- Using makeup wipes
As convenient as they are, makeup wipes are becoming increasingly frowned upon by dermatologists like Dr Philippe Beaulieu and bloggers alike. The problem is most of us view wipes as the quick fix to cleansing our skin in the evening, meaning weskip using cleansers and scrubs. In truth, wipes don’t effectively remove dirt, makeup, or bacteria from our face, they actually just move impurities around which increases the chances of blocked pores, which can lead to acne.
Instead of makeup wipes opt for micellar water or a makeup remover cleanser, this encourages us to wash our faces and rinse products off our skin, as well as removing our makeup and any dirt.
- Touching your face too often
From doing our makeup to brushing our hair out of our eyes, fingers are frequently coming into contact with faces. It’s not just our hands though. Our face comes into contact with our phones, pillowcases, makeup brushes and towels, which harbour bacteria or dead skin cells.
With pillowcases for instance, it’s really important to change them often. We actually shed dead skin cells throughout the night and when these cells build up on our pillowcases they are more likely to get into our pores. The combination of dead skin cells and sebum, the oily substance the sebaceous glands produce, leads to new spots forming. And that’s why it’s key to change our pillowcases every week. It’s also key to clean makeup brushes every week to avoid product or bacteria build-up, which can also combine with sebum in pores to create spots.
- Overexposure to the sun
Just because it isn’t a sunny day outside doesn’t mean your skin isn’t exposed to the sun’sUVA and UVB rays, which are ultraviolet rays which causes sunburn, premature ageing, and other skin illnesses. Most of us only feel prompted to use sunscreen when it’s a hot summer’s day, but the sun’s rays are still damaging our skin on a cloudy day, or when there’s pollution or glass in the way confirms Dr Matthieu Cassier, director of Ambre Solaire laboratory in Paris.
It’s key to protect your skin every day, so opt for a sunscreen with a lightweight formula that won’t clog pores.