Hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend!
Daily, your skin experiences the harsh environmental elements such as pollution, sun-rays, and debris. However, we are bombarded with so many sources for skin care do’s and don’ts, it can be hard to know what’s actually helping or hurting.
According to dermatologists, here are the top skin care mistakes you’re probably making:
Not applying enough sunscreen
We know to apply sunscreen every day, but the actual amount of sunscreen you use before stepping out matters too. Sun protection is vital for both skin health and anti-aging as the sun is the number one cause of preventable skin aging. When applying sunscreen, make sure to apply generously. It’s recommended to use a shot glass full to cover your whole body.
Splurging on pricey skin care basics
If you have been following my blog for some time now, you know I am a firm believer that price doesn’t always equal quality in the skincare realm. Those hefty price tags are going towards packaging and marketing – not effectiveness. Inexpensive skincare routine using drugstore products. Begin by looking for essential products like a cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging products.
Not washing your face at bedtime
The biggest problems with skincare begin when you do not wash your face before going to bed. Train yourself to wash your face before your head hits the pillow. Taking the time to wash your face before bed will help remove the dirt, oils, and debris from air pollution and makeup. It can also help prevent free radical damage to the collagen due to debris and the secondary inflammation that it triggers, both of which breakdown collagen and make you look older faster (think wrinkles, clogged pores, skin discoloration).
Picking at blemishes and touching your face
It’s so hard to resist picking at a pesky pimple that popped up in the middle of your forehead, but, touching your face with dirty hands is a big no. It spreads bacteria that is living on your hands all over your face.
Overusing products with retinol
Retinoids are adored by skin care aficionados for its ability to enhance collagen production, smooth skin, and even pigmentation. However, too much of a good thing can make it into a bad thing. Retinol is too overpowering for those with sensitive skin in most cases and should be used sparingly if at all.
Using matte makeup
Matte makeup, whether concealer, powder, or tinted sunscreen, tends to pick up every pore and wrinkle in the skin, magnifying the appearance of every tiny imperfection. Instead of matte formulas, try makeup with a bit of shimmer and light diffusion. This will highlight your features and give you a glowy, luminous appearance.
Not drinking enough water
We all know how important it is to drink enough water every day. Dehydration causes sallow and lifeless skin. Drinking about half your weight in ounces in water will help your body and your skin.
Sending beautiful skin vibes! 💋
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