With the nearly countless number of beauty products in the market to fix everything from enlarged pores to uneven skin tone, the quest to achieve a clear and healthy complexion is a relentless pursuit that is fueled by the obsession for flawless and youthful-looking skin. But in our attempts to gain the 'perfect' skin, we often make mistakes that set us back, leaving our efforts futile and in some cases irreversible.
Common Beauty Mistakes to Avoid
From your daily skincare regime before heading out, to your evening skincare regime before your head hits the pillow, the intricacies of achieving and maintaining a healthy and supple complexion is one that is tricky and sometimes downright frustrating. However, there are a few things you can take note to avoid, so as to make your life a little easier.
Overwashing Your Face
Washing your face is an essential practice that aids in the removal of dirt and impurities in the skin, but there is also such a thing as overwashing. Dry skin and/or flaky skin after you have put on your make-up, is an indication of overwashing. Overwashing essentially strips your skin of its natural oils. The addition of harsh soaps and hot water dries skin out faster and can lead to a number of skin problems.
As a rule of thumb, it is best to wash your face twice daily, once in the morning and at night before heading to bed. Ensure that you are using a mild and gentle cleanser on your skin, so that it does not dry out your skin. The natural oils produced by your skin keep your face sufficiently hydrated.
Powder on Dry Skin
Another mistake to take note of is applying powder on your dry skin. Your powder will worsen the overall appearance of your skin, making it look dull and tired, if you apply make-up before moisturising.
To make sure that you wake up with a healthy glow, you should never wear make-up to bed, even if you have returned late from a social event. Sleeping with your make-up on will deplete your skin of moisture, and leave it vulnerable to acne and infections. Since cells regenerate themselves in the course of the night — due to your circadian rhythm, make-up will hinder the process of renewal and cause it to be more susceptible to damage. Take some time to clean off your make-up before heading to bed. You will be thankful for it, when morning comes.
An Additional Note
Speaking of sleeping, change your sleeping position if you tend to sleep on your side or on your stomach. These positions will leave you with temporary lines running across your face come morning, but these lines can become a permanent sight on your face over time. The best ways to prevent sleep wrinkles is to get a night pillow, among other things. A night pillow will minimise the appearance of wrinkles on your skin, keep your skin clean and keep your cells hydrated.
If you see signs of wrinkles on your skin, you could also increase your intake of vitamin A to keep your skin looking youthful. Vitamin A has powerful anti-aging properties that will stimulate collagen in your skin and prevent the appearance of fine lines. Available in the form of creams and serums, retinol can be derived from beef, chicken liver, eggs, fish liver oils and dairy products. Night creams also work wonders to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night during cell turnover.
Choose Your Moisturiser Wisely
Avoid mineral oil-based moisturisers or petrolatum-based lip balms. They are great for trapping moisture in, but not for hydrating dry skin. If you need something to penetrate your skin and give it extra hydration, consider applying or using products that have hyaluronic acid, ceramides or even an oil to your skin.
Dirty Tools and Practices
Dirty make-up brushes and tools are the bane of good skincare and health. Ensure that you regularly clean your tools to prevent acne, skin irritation and in some severe cases, infections. Make-up tools are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria.
Keep your hands to yourself, or at least away from your face. Our hands come in contact with innumerable surfaces throughout the day. Germs and bacteria thrive on most of these surfaces, even the clean-looking ones. When we touch our faces, we are essentially transferring bacteria onto our skin. If you must touch your skin, use the back of your hand. Usually we wouldn’t use the back of our hand as much as our hands to touch or hold door handles, cups and other surfaces.
Too Much Exfoliation
When it comes to exfoliation, it is easy to either do too much of it or not enough of it. So it is important that you take time to understand the type of skin that you have and then from there, you can decide on either exfoliating daily if you have oily skin, or once a week if you have sensitive skin. Exfoliation is necessary in keeping the skin looking radiant, fresh and supple, as it removes and prevents the buildup of dead skin cells.
Keep Your Skin Looking its Best
Navigating through good skincare and avoiding pitfalls can present itself as somewhat of a challenge, especially when skincare regimes can be highly dependent on the individual’s biological needs. Take some time to understand your skin to make the right choices and achieve a good balance.