Stop Doing This... Your Skin Will Thank You!
The older I get, the more skincare is important to me. Actually I wish I started earlier because our skin is THAT important!! Did you know that your skin is actually your body's
largest organ?! It's also the fastest growing - pretty cool right?! It also takes the most damage from the environment around us. The sun, smog, pollution, dirt... that all takes it tole on our skin. That doesn't even take into account all the harm WE do to it on the daily basis!
Have you ever wondered why no matter what you do, you just can't get your skin as clear as you'd like? That's because, more times than not, we are doing more damage to our skin than we realize. Why? Because we were never taught not to. I know when I was younger I knew I really wasn't taught how to care for my skin the way I should. I went out in the sun without sunscreen, I was using whatever my friends were using in terms of products, and I for sure wasn't washing my face at night (gasp!!) I'm making sure to better educate my girls!
I have compiled a list of common mistakes that people make when it comes to their skin. By changing these few things, you will be not only better informed but on your way to beautiful skin!
1. Wearing sunscreen... sometimes
We've always been told growing up that we needed to wear sunscreen at the beach or when we plan to be out in the sun for a long time, but did you know that the harmful rays of the sun can get you anytime? Yes, even when you're inside because of that sun that is coming in from the window. Of course it's not as strong as if you were actually outside and you probably won't get a sunburn from it, but it's still causing damage to your skin.
Sun damage is the cause of a lot of skin issues like wrinkles due to the loss of collagen and elastin, sunspots and even cancer!
You should be wearing sunscreen EVERYDAY no matter how much time you plan to be in the sun or not. You can have a separate sunscreen that you apply or you can do double duty if you use a product, like your daytime moisturizer, that has sun protection in it!
2. Using the wrong products for your skin type
Probably the most common thing I see is people not using the right products for their skin type. What works for some, may not work for others. It all comes down to knowing your skin and what products to use for it. If you are using the wrong formula, then you are dong more damage than good. Why is this? Because skincare is formulated specifically for each type in mind. If you have dry skin but are using a formula designed for oily, you are going to find that your skin is going to actually become DRYER! Products designed for oily skin are way too harsh for people who have dry or even normal-dry skin.
If you're not sure what your skin type is, I highly recommend you take a moment and check out my post on Skincare 101
3. Following trends
Trends are just that... trends. They may or may not have benefits to the skin and if they are they should ONLY be performed by a professional.
Take the Vampire Facial for example - This is when your aesthetician will draw your blood, spin it, and the concentration of platelets is then topically rubbed in either during or immediately after a micro-needling treatment. There was even an account of someone contracting HIV after having this procedure done. That was more due to dirty needles vs. the blood but you get that I'm saying.
What you should be doing is giving your skin what it needs, moisture! No matter your skin type, your skin can get dehydrated. By adding a product that has Sodium Hyaluronate. SH has small molecules that can actually penetrate the skin and get even deeper! SH is able to hold more water than any other natural substance, up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This will in turn give you smoother, softer, more hydrated skin with decreased wrinkles! Below is my favorite product that is packed full of SH ❤
4. Not washing your face before bedtime
This is probably one of the worst things you can do for your skin and sooooo many people are doing it! Your skin regenerates best when we are asleep. Making sure that your skin is clan before bed will ensure that your product can properly penetrate the skin and have ultimate cellular turnover.
Think about the last time that you went to bed without washing your face. I know whenever I do, 2 weeks later I have a breakout! Why? Because of that one time I went to bed with a dirty face. The layers of SPF, makeup, environmental debris, etc. can get trapped into your pores creating blackheads, pimples and skin irritation.
Do your skin a favor and WASH YOUR DAMN FACE!
5. Working out with your makeup on
When we exercise, our body temperature will rise, we sweat and our pores open. If your face has makeup or sunscreen on it then that gunk will penetrate into your pores and cause congestion.
The best think you can do is to keep some makeup wipes in your gym bag so you can quickly clean your face before you get your sweat on!
6. Picking at your blemishes
Believe me, I've been there! You have a breakout and it's just calling your name "pop me, pop me". I know it's tempting but you really shouldn't do it! Leave the picking to a skincare professional because they know how to properly extract the clogged pore, getting rid of the sebum seed (the root of the problem). If you don't extract it all then the pimple will fester and reinfect. The only time that it's somewhat ok to pick is if the whitehead is about to burst and you use tissue on your fingers to keep germs away. Always make sure to apply a spot treatment once the infection is removed so it can target the seed.
7. Misting your skin on an airplane
If you have spent any time on an airplane you know how dry the air is. If you have any care for your skin, you want to keep it hydrated. A lot of people think that misting their face with a facial mist on the plane is the right way to achieve this - WRONG!
Since the air on planes is so dry, it looks for water wherever it can get it. Water attracts water, so when you spray your skin the water in the deeper layers of your skin come to the surface and then evaporates into the dry air. This equals even DRYER skin!
Instead of a facial mist, apply a facial oil every hour of your flight. This will hydrate your skin and will actually KEEP that moisture on your skin.
8. Ignoring your neck and décolleté
One of the first things to show signs of aging is our necks and décolleté (cleavage area). Why? Because we forget about this area. Think about your daily routine. You moisturize your face and either rub the remainder into your neck or even your hands. While this is good, it's not enough. The delicate skin of these areas need a product of their own. One that is formulated for the skin in this area. Your neck and chest are an extension of your face and shouldn't be an afterthought.
9. Using spot treatments at the wrong time
I am guilty of this mistake and I'm sure you probably are too. There is a right time to use a spot treatment and the moment a blemish appears is NOT the time!
The moment a blemish appears, your body kicks into action to heal that infection (unless you have an immune deficiency disorder). Give your body time to do it's thing before you go in.
Wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface (whitehead) and then once it's truly visible, gently squeezing it with your fingers wrapped in tissue. NOW it's time to apply your spot treatment. If you apply the treatment too soon, it can dry out the surface of your skin and actually trap the infection longer.
Know that with cystic blemishes, they will never come to the surface, DO NOT PICK!! Make sure to wash, exfoliate then apply the spot treatment.
10. Dehydrating your skin... it's more than just water intake!|
We all know that drinking water is so good for your health, but when it comes to they hydration your skin, it doesn't do much. That's because water runs through our bodies and is absorbed into the bloodstream. It will hydrate the cells INSIDE our body, but it's what you're applying to the OUTSIDE that really makes a difference to the hydration of your skin.
To maintain proper hydration levels of your skin, use well-formulated moisturizers, serums, masks and oils.
11. Skipping moisturizer when you have oily skin
People who have oily skin assume that they don't benefit from moisturizers. This is a HUGE myth! True you don't want to use a heavy or greasy moisturizer if you have oily skin, you should be using a water-based moisturizer to keep your skin cells healthy and keep dead skin cell buildup at bay.
When you skip moisturizer, your skin becomes dehydrated and in turn causes your glands to over produce oil, leaving you with even OILIER skin!
All skin types need moisturizer, you just need to find one that is formulated for you!
I hope this post helps you on your way to healthier and happier skin! If there is a tip that you think I have missed, please comment below. I would love to hear from you!