So, you have a proper beauty routine and stick to it? You do everything by the books? You probably haven’t a worry in the world when it comes to your skin. Well think again. You are probably committing several of the biggest skin sins out there. Find out below:
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1. Washing you face under the showerhead
Though the warm water streaming down your face may feel relaxing, its not good for your skin. In fact, it’s damaging. The water pressure is a bit too strong for your delicate face. Never let the water directly hit you in the face, as this causes microscopic abrasions. Always let the water run into you hands and then wash over your face with a splash. Your skin will thank you later.
2. Using your Clarisonic on the first cleanse
Never use a cleansing device on your face first. Double cleansing your face is an awesome part of your regimen, but you must get the steps right. Your first cleanse should be with a gentle cleanser only using your hands. A cleansing device could actually push the dirt further into your pores if it isn’t removed prior to usage.
3. Not letting your layers sink in
Your routine should be multifaceted with toners, serums, retinols, moisturizers, SPF, etc. If you don’t allow these products to do their jobs and just simply rush through your routine it will all be a waste. You can’t just blend all of these things together and expect them to work to their full potential. It is important as you apply products to allow them to penetrate the skin fully before moving on to the next step. As a rule of thumb, give each product anywhere from 5-10 minutes to absorb.
4. Not washing your hands between layers
While you’re waiting for each layer to penetrate your skin, you will probably find yourself multitasking and therefore touch other germ-holding things such as a phone, computer, or simply clothes in your closet. All of these surfaces contain germs that can completely ruin your treatment. Make sure you wash your hands between each layer to avoid this from happening.
5. Using exfoliation as the answer to all your issues
Exfoliation is NOT always the answer. Though this is an important aspect to your weekly routine, overkill can literally kill your skin. The scrubs, peels and tools can damage your skin’s protective barrier. Next time you think you can exfoliate away a zit, stop. Exfoliation may actually be more harmful than good, as it tends to spread the issue around rather than target and remove it.
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