How’s your current skincare routine? Are you doing everything you need to do? You may look young and fresh-faced, but what’s really going on with your skin? There are multiple beauty mistakes you could be making with your skincare routine, and once you spot them, they’re easy to fix. Here’s a list of the biggest skincare no-nos, and how they harm your skin.
Rubbing Your Face Dry, Instead of Patting It
You’ve washed your face carefully, taking care to remove your makeup and use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and buildup from your skin. Next, it’s time to take a towel and rub your face dry, right? Wrong! If you rub your skin, you could be irritating your face, or causing dark spots. If you use the same towel you used to dry your hands, you could be transferring bacteria back to your face! Carefully pat your face dry with a clean, fresh towel.
Not Removing Your Makeup Completely
Removing your makeup completely needs to be a regular part of your nightly routine, or your skin will pay the price. Makeup left on the skin leads to clogged pores and oil glands, which makes them look unsightly. It also leads to inflammation and acne, which no one wants. Take care to remove your makeup each night using a gentle yet thorough cleanser. You should use a special eye makeup remover as well, to make sure your lids are properly cleaned.
Picking at Your Skin
You have a new zit, and what’s your first inclination? To pick at it. Not so fast, because the zit picking can cause you more harm than good. You’re risking further infecting your skin with bacteria and irritating the acne can make it even more irritation and inflamed. Yes, zits are horrible, but we all get them, and so the best thing is to make sure you apply a zit remover or natural remedy to zap the zit fast. Picking at your skin can also cause scars and wrinkles, which nobody wants.
Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Regularly
If you’re the type of person to only clean your makeup brushes once in a blue a moon, you need to step up your cleaning routine immediately. Your makeup brush has build up, bacteria, and all kinds of nasty things that you may be applying to your makeup. If you can’t clean your makeup brushes every day (with a solution such as Sephora’s Master Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner), then you should clean them every two weeks or when needed. Pro tip: If the brush is caked with makeup, it’s time for a wash! Use unscented soap, dish detergent or baby shampoo to gently wash the bristles, being careful to not ruin the natural brush shape. Once you’ve finished washing, lay the brushes flat to dry on a towel for half a day, and they should be dry and clean.
One final tip for any beauty care routine: drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated as well as your skin. You’ll see a noticeable difference as your skin will appear soft and glowing. If you do any of the skincare mistakes that I’ve listed above, make the necessary changes, and you’ll be on your way to healthier skin.