Our skin is very picky with what is interacting with it, and how it is being treated. There are a number of factors that could be affecting our skin in unexpected ways, for better or for worse. I’m here to give you a heads up on what habits you may want to avoid, and exactly how to do so!
1. Cleansing your skin too aggressively, too long or too often
Doing any or all of the above can result in your face being stripped of its natural oils, making it overly dry and bare. As a certain amount of oil is essential in keeping our skin happy, it will actually produce MORE oils to compensate! This leads to excess sebum production -> clogged pores -> potentially break outs. Always remember:
- Be gentle with your skin! Keep in mind it is a very delicate organ and being too rough with it can cause wrinkles prematurely
- If your skin is feeling dry, tight and/or flaky, you might be overdoing it. Depending on your skin type, you only need to cleanse once or twice a day according to professionals
- If you really feel an absolute need to wash your face such as after a workout, try using micellar water or the Son & Park Beauty Water with a cotton pad!
2. Mixing strong ingredients in the same routine
As I previously mentioned, our skin is extremely delicate and particular. Using too many active ingredients may lead to irritation and sensitised skin. Since you’re forcing your skin to do one thing, and mixing these other ingredients may lead to cancellation of the effects they’re supposed to deliver. If you find that your skin is ultra sensitive, the safest option would definitely be to only use one active ingredient in your routine, but if not, then these are some ingredients you should avoid mixing
AHA & Vitamin C ❌❌❌
Both of these work in lower pH levels thus it might be too irritating for your skin and that both of these ingredients have exfoliating properties. Thus, over-exfoliation can damage your skin barrier which is definitely not what we want. However if you use mild amounts of both, your skin may be able to handle it, just layer it from low to high pH (Vit. C and then AHA)
Benzoyl Peroxide & Salicylic Acid ❌❌❌
These are really great ingredients that target acne often due to excess oil. Hence both have drying properties, so applying both together can increase dryness and redness.
The key to this is to alternate between using one ingredient in the morning, the other at night ☀️🌙. If you still feel like your skin is reacting, then leave a couple days in between using the two ingredients.
3. Skipping sunscreen
The sun may be the key to achieving that golden hour look, but it can actually be drying which again causes our skin to produce more oils and breakouts. It also intensifies the hyperpigmentation and discolouration on our skin. Lastly, it also attacks the collagen naturally present in our skin which is a key ingredient to maintaining skin elasticity and firmness!
A simple way around this is just to wear SPF! Sunscreen helps to filter out UV radiation from the sun. We also do recommend using sunscreen prior to applying makeup, even if the makeup contains some SPF in it :) When possible, try to reapply after every two hours so that minimum UV rays can get through to our skin and damage it.
I hope I was able to provide you guys with some tips that you can put to use in your daily routine! Every little difference in how you treat your skin can show huge improvements in the future, so make sure to start as early as possible to maintain beautiful youthful skin for a long time! Thank you so much for reading
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