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Getting beautiful and healthy skin requires more than buying all the right products. Even the most expensive creams and serums won’t be enough if you are going about skincare all wrong.
We all know that we shouldn’t go to bed with makeup on, but that isn’t the only rule. There are a few more skincare mistakes that are preventing you from getting the beautiful skin you desire.
Here are 10 of the biggest skincare mistakes to avoid plus what you should do instead.
Related reading: The Correct Order To Apply Skincare Products
Going To Bed With Makeup On
Does this sound familiar? You come home from a night out of the town, take off your high heels, and then pass out in bed.
If you fall asleep with your makeup on a couple of times a year, that’s not going to be the end of the world. However, you should know, going to bed with a full face of makeup clogs and enlarges your pores.
Even when you don’t want to, you should be removing all of your makeup every day. The type of cleanser you need depends on how much makeup you are wearing and your skin type.
If you wear a full coverage foundation and waterproof mascara, you’ll need a different cleanser than someone that only wears lipgloss and mascara.
Bonus Tip: If you know you are going to have a late-night, get some makeup removing wipes to keep by the bed. It isn’t as good as removing all of your makeup but it is better than nothing.
Not Cleansing Correctly
Now that we have established the importance of removing your makeup, there is a right or wrong way to cleanse your face.
You may think that the more you wash your face, the less you’ll get acne, but that’s not the case. When you’re washing constantly, the cleanser can strip the skin. To compensate your skin will produce more oil, which can cause clogged pores, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Not Exfoliating Properly
The key to exfoliating properly is moderation. Exfoliate too often and you will anger your skin. But if you don’t exfoliate often enough, you’ll have layers of dead skin on your face.
Try a chemical exfoliater two to three nights a week, plus a weekly mask or peel to keep your skin properly exfoliated.
If you are more into physical exfoliation that’s fine too. Just make sure the granules are not too big or sharp.
Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes
If you’ve never cleaned your makeup brushes, stop and do it right now. Dirty brushes can cause clogged pored, breakouts, skin irritation, and viral infections.
Even though it sounds like a pain, cleaning your brushes isn’t actually that difficult. There are tons of products and devices to make the chore super convenient. If you want to keep things simple, you can use Dawn dish soap.
Popping Pimples and Picking At Your Face
The surest way to ruin your skin is to pop your pimples and pick at your face. Not only does it introduce more bacteria to your face, but it can lead to scarring.
Would you rather have a pimple for three days or an acne scar for the rest of your life?
If you are breaking out with active acne, resist the urge to pop and pick. Instead, pick up a spot treatment or zit sticker.
Sleeping On Dirty Sheets
Washing your face and applying your skincare is a waste of time if you sleep on dirty sheets. Why is that? Because laying on dirty sheets is the same as rolling around in sweat, dirt, and bacteria.
Make sure you wash your sheets regularly.
Step up your game by picking up a silk pillowcase. You’ll have clearer skin, fewer wrinkles, and your hair will be less frizzy.
If a silk pillowcase is out of your budget, opt for a satin one. They have similar benefits but are a fraction of the price.
Taking Extra Hot Showers
The heat from hot water combined with soap will soften your skin but also strip away its natural protective barriers. Instead of taking a hot shower, try to keep the water warm,
Bonus Tip: Taking a cold shower or rinsing in cold water, can actually make you feel more awake than a hot shower. Plus it is actually good for your skin and hair.
Not Drinking Enough Water
We all know we should be drinking more water, but many of us still aren’t.
Get yourself a pretty refillable water bottle, drink a cup of water before your morning coffee, substitute water for a non-water drink.
Eating The Wrong Foods
I know there are studies that contradict this. Some people say what you eat has little to do with your skin. Some people argue that you are what you eat.
Make sure to listen to your body to discover if which foods are triggers for you. It is going to be different for everybody. Some people can’t eat dairy or they will get cystic acne. Some people can eat everything and their skin still looks great.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Getting your life on schedule so you can get more sleep is hard, but the results are totally worth it. Sleep is so vital to our overall health. It is also when you are sleeping that your body repairs damage to your cells. More sleep means you are more likely to have clear, glowing skin.
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