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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Harmful skin care
mistakes you should
'Iwon't be making that mis-
take again," we often say.
But what if you don't even
know you're making a mis-
Looking after our skin is not an
easy task. It's our body's largest
organ, and for this reason you
have to get your skin care re-
gime absolutely right. Otherwise,
you're going to end up with blem-
ishes, ine lines, wrinkles, dark
circles ... and even acne break-
We all know the basics of skin
care; we have to rinse our face at
least twice a day, while we abso-
lutely must stick to a cleanser that
is suitable for our skin type. But
apart from these two rules, there
are many mistakes lots of us are
making on a daily basis. And it's
wreaking havoc with our good
looks, and ageing us quicker than
Failing To Use A Moisturiser With
Lots of us know we should mois-
turise during the cold wintry
months when the dry air irritates
our skin and basically dries it out.
But far too many of us wrongly
assume that we can get away with
moisturising less in the summer.
For best results, it's important
that you moisturise with an SPF of
at least 20 each day. Sunscreen in
makeup is an okay combination,
but it just doesn't grant you the
same kind of coverage as SPF lo-
You might be the type of person
who only pops out of the house
now and then, perhaps to do the
grocery shopping or pick your
kids up. But it doesn't matter -
your skin is still at risk of getting
damaged by the sun.
Exfoliating Too Much
Exfoliating is important, and I rec-
ommend it. But did you know that
there is such a thing as over exfoli-
ating? If you didn't, there's a good
chance you're already doing it.
Removing too much of your
skin's top layer is damaging in the
longer term. You're eliminating
your skin's protective barrier and
exposing it to toxins in the air, as
well as sun damage. This in time
can accelerate the ageing process.
Failing To Pat Dry
If you have sensitive skin (as I
do!), it's super important that in-
stead of rubbing your face after
you've rinsed it, you instead pat
Why? Tugging at your skin with
a towel can easily cause irritation.
If you've been tugging for years,
it essentially means that your skin
has been losing its natural elas-
ticity. And when you take a towel
and rub it around your eyes, there
is an increased chance that dark
spots will form.
Start patting. Also, use a differ-
ent towel to the one you dry your
Sleeping On The Wrong Type Of
Is there a wrong and a right type
of pillowcase? You bet! Sleeping
on a cotton one is bad for your
skin. It causes trauma to your skin
which can lead to a breakdown
in collagen. Once this happens,
creases and wrinkles develop -
and they don't go away.
Your best bet is to sleep on silk or
Failing To Wash Your Hands Be-
fore You Wash Your Face
I always wash my hands before I
wash my face. I'm not saying this
to sound all high and mighty, but
guess what? I do sound all high
and mighty. The reason? Because
the amount of women who don't
wash their hands before rinsing
their face is astonishing.
If you're part of the club, it's
time you joined a new one. If you
wash your face without properly
cleaning your hands, you're trans-
ferring all kinds of nasty dirt, oil
and bacteria from your ingers
to your skin. And this could be
the prime reason you suffer from
acne breakouts of even red skin.
Change your habits!
You Use The Same Moisturiser
All The Time
Many women rely on the same
moisturiser all year round.
"I always use it. It works best
for me, so why would I want to
The thing is that seasons are
subject to change. And when they
change, so does your skin. What
works in the summer doesn't
work in the winter because the
air is completely different.
During the summer you should
apply a light moisturiser, while a
heavy one works in the winter.
This is because dry skin that's
affected by the winter air needs
more hydration, while your skin
during the summer needs less.
Neglecting To Remove Your
Makeup For Bed
It's bed time and you're ex-
hausted. Either you've had a long
day at work or you've been out
partying. Either way, you've don't
want to remove your makeup. To
heck with it!
It's odd that we all brush our
teeth before bed, but many of us
can't ind the strength to remove
our makeup. The truth is that re-
moving your makeup before bed
should be as much of a priority as
cleaning your teeth.
It's especially important that
you remove your makeup after
a night of partying, because the
chances are that you're wearing
more makeup than usual.
Using Hot Water
While none of us apply boiling
hot water to our skin and scold
ourselves (I hope!), some ladies
use water that is a little bit too hot
when cleansing their skin.
For example, hot showers are
the norm for some of us. It helps
us to wind down - but it ensures
the breakout of acne. Why? Be-
cause water that is too hot breaks
down your skin's protective top
Use lukewarm water instead for
Using A Cleaning Brush
If your mom was anything like
mine, she would have used a
cleaning brush when you were a
child. Then, as you get older, she
introduced it to you. Perhaps you
still use it today. After all, mom
knows best, right?
Hmm, not in this case. Clean-
ing brushes are just too harsh for
your skin. The more you tear at it,
the more it will get damaged.
Not Using Products Because
"They're Too Expensive"
Sure, some products are expen-
sive. But if you shop around and
focus on the ingredients and not
the label, you'll be able to get
yourself a great deal.
Products that are rich in vita-
min C, peptides and retinoids
are essential for healthy skin.
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