In the past couple of years, it is very evident that we are in the middle of a skincare revolution. We today more than ever are looking at options to enhance the base of our beauty, even though now more than ever, we have got products that offer coverage that was unprecedented before. Your skin is your largest organ and was earlier also highly neglected. Things, of course, have changed. Over complicated skin routines run rampant. It is challenging to cut through the clutter to achieve your dream skin. You might be loaded with ointments that claim to be miraculous, serums that are more boujee than any piece of jewelry that you own, or maybe you are stocked to the brim with sheet masks and are into the whole K beauty trend.
You could have eleven steps in your skincare routine, or you could have five. It doesn’t matter; you could be going wrong at any of those steps. I love the whole routine of cleansing, toner, and so on along with sheet masks twice a week, but I too at one point was guilty of going a little overboard. So, what are the mistakes that you might make with your skincare regime?
You Cleanse Too Often
God knows from where but someone, once upon a time, propagated that the probability of getting acne decreases if you wash your face often. I regret to inform you that, my friend, is not the case. If you continuously keep cleaning your face, the only thing you manage to accomplish is stripping the top layer of your skin of oil that can make the skin release more oil. This leads to the release of more oil, causing whiteheads, blackheads, clogged pores, and my favorite acne. If your goal is to have a balanced skin, then limit your cleansing to twice a day, and always follow up with a moisturizer.
You Tug On Your Under-Eye Area
I believe laugh lines are beautiful, look at Diane Keaton; I love her. But if you keep on pulling at the delicate layer of skin around your eyes, you could be aiding in premature aging. This action usually takes place when you are removing eye makeup through vigorous rubbing. Instead, hold a remover on your eyelids and gently wipe away. Similarly, take an extremely light approach while patting on some eye cream as well. Pat along the contours of your eyes using your ring finger as that would apply the least amount of pressure on the under the eye. Pat away till it sets in.
Choosing The Wrong Skincare Product
Skin is not a one-size fit all. What is working for the majority doesn’t necessarily have to work for you. A huge part of you might want to just but all of those pretty lotion in all the pretty bottles on aisles but don’t. Stick to products that are -first, formulated for your skin type, second -contain ingredients that you are not allergic. The ideal product is what you achieve at the end of a tedious journey. E.g., Oily skin handles a foaming face wash well, whereas a creamy cleanser is excellent for sensitive skin.
You Believe In Lather
People are no longer as dirty as they used to be in earlier times. You are no longer covered in grime at the end of the day. The only place where your shower gel needs to go is where you have concentrated sweat glands. Nowhere else. Behind the ears, armpits, groin, and that’s just about it. Let the rest of your skin can breathe.
You Put On Too Much Product
This one, most of us are responsible for inflicting on our skin. We have this weird cultural thing where more is somehow better. It is not. We rarely need as much product as we are currently putting on our face. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover our face; beyond this is just giving into our nature of going overboard.
Keeping Your Makeup On All Night
Even the best of us go through this one. With alarming frequency, I must add. It does not make it okay, however. Makeup blocks our glands, and if you sweat or produce oil throughout the night (let’s be honest, you will ), you will end up clogging your pores. If your defense is that I don’t even put on that much makeup, I just do the eyes, and that can’t be that bad.
Well, you are wrong. Sleeping in your mascara or eye shadow can lead to the pigments falling inside your eyes. That can lead to eyelid dermatitis and conjunctivitis. The skin on the eyelid is the thinnest on the body and can be easily infected. If the whole routine seems too much after a long night, use a wipe that should be enough to keep the infection at bay.
You Do Your Routine Right Before You Sleep
Your skin needs time to absorb all the things that you put on it as a part of your skincare routine. If you don’t give it time to dry up, then you might end up wiping it all your skincare away on your hair and pillowcase. Also, as the time to go to sleep inches nearer, you tend to get lazier. Might as well get the skin sorted before anything else.
Skincare is almost like an obsession, but it is essential to exercise some restraint. Pamper your skin and try and avoid the mistakes listed above. I’m sure there will be nothing that can stop you from achieving your dream skin.