Women are always looking for the best skin care advice.
We work so hard to ensure our faces look healthy and vibrant, but if it is subject to daily sun exposure, wind exposure, makeup application, and a few more skincare no no’s, it’s time to start readjusting how you are handling your face.
After all, we need to show it as much love as possible.
Here are 7 things you should never do to your face to help you maintain vibrant looking skin!
1. Popping And Picking.
Popping and picking at your face is one of the worst things you can do. A blemish may drive you crazy, but you’ll make it even worse when you squeeze it with your germy fingers. Plus, you’re usually creating more inflammation when you do.
This can lead to scars and discoloration of the skin. The worst news is that once you’ve picked and poked at that zit on your face, it’s probably going to come right back bigger and meaner.
If you hate blemishes on your face, head to the dermatologist so they can get rid of it the right way, or try to let your face rest and heal by applying a cold press to the needed area every few days.
Exfoliating is a wonderful thing for your skin as it removes your dead skin cells that work to clog your pores. But there is actually a thing called over-exfoliating.
This is when you’re doing it too much and too hard. You can end up scratching the surface of your skin’s protective barrier. This leaves the area prone to infection and other toxins.
In order to make sure you aren’t going overboard, avoid using too much pressure and use an exfoliator with small granules. Exfoliate once a week if you have dry or sensitive skin, and twice a week if you have a combination of both.
If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate up to three times a week. Always remember that it’s important not to exfoliate until you’ve thoroughly cleansed your skin with warm water.
3. Steam from hot Showers & Baths.
Most women dream of a long, steamy hot bath. The only thing to remember is that extremely hot water isn’t the best for your skin.
Hot showers and baths will dry out the skin, causing redness, itching, and even peeling. Such conditions cause the skin’s normal equilibrium of moisture to be compromised, stripping it from its essential oils, fats, and proteins.
Don’t forget to dry yourself properly after a hot shower or bath too. It’s important not to rub the towel vigorously along your skin. You only want to remove the excess water. These same rules apply to hot tubs, too.
4. Falling Asleep With Eye Make-up On.
Beauty lies with those that sleep, so you should never fall asleep with your eye make-up on.
It’s easy after a long day to just do a quick rinse on your face and forget about your eyes. This can result in eye irritation, styes, breakout, and dryness of the eyes.
You should also get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your eyes and face show it. This often leads to dark circles under your eyes and redness.
Sleep is a big part of showing the bright, fresh side of our face, so before you go to sleep, it’s important to do your skincare regimen as you get ready for bed.
5. Not Washing Your Face enough.
Just like taking off your eye make-up, it’s important to wash your face before sleeping.
During the day, your face is covered with pollutants along with dead skin cells and bacteria. You simply need to wash your face to give your skin a fresh look and allow it to breathe.
If you don’t take away all that makeup from your face, it continues to pile up. The bacteria and dead skin cells chill out on your face overnight, when they can easily be wiped away with a good cleanser at night.
6. Washing your face too hard.
There’s a bit of a balance between never washing your face and washing your face too much because you don’t need to scrub your face vigorously.
When you do this, you irritate and damage the skin cells. If you do that every day, you’ll also strip away the skin’s natural oils.
To counteract this, try applying a make-up remover letting it soak in on your face. Let it absorb then remove it with a cotton pad. You can then wash your face normally, rinsing it of any leftover chemicals.
7. Using The Same Products For Decades.
Here’s some sound advice from the makeup industry — you can’t marry your skin products.
You may love your products, but your skin will eventually adapt to the active ingredients in your products. When this happens they won’t be as effective over time.
In fact, you might start to notice you aren’t getting the same great results from your moisturizer or make-up after a few years.
Your skin type should be re-evaluated every six months because it is affected by everything from your hormones to your environment.
Try switching up your skincare routine and products with the changing seasons. In the summer, your skincare routine doesn’t have to be as deep but hydration is key, so try using hydrating balms. In winter, you can use heavier creams to offset the dry and cold weather.
There you have it! By avoiding these 7 things, your face should feel fresh and vibrant. Plus, we need to practice giving our face the love it deserves. After all, we smile and talk throughout the day, so we should give this area some extra love.
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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