Skincare No No's and how to avoid them
A lot of people don't know how to do skincare properly, it can be either because some people can't afford to go to a dermatologist or because they have gotten the wrong information from their parents or friends. Just a disclaimer, I'm not a professional and I don't specialise in this subject.
1. Using DIY skincare
The very first and most popular is making your own face-masks and other skincare. Some people have an idea that making homemade masks are better for your skin because there are no "chemicals" and it is all-natural but it can't be further from the truth! Skincare is created in the labs by professionals that study for multiple years to get their qualifications. I was at fault for making my own face-masks at home when I was younger and my favourite one was a mix of honey, nutmeg and cinnamon. These things should stay in your spice cupboard and go nowhere near your face! I have tried it all, from rubbing a lemon on your face (That is a big No-No! It is too acidic!) to cutting up a potato in half and putting it on spots. Unsurprisingly, nothing worked because the ingredients aren't concentrated hence my advice is just to stick to skincare bought from drugstores! My favourite products to use before bed are linked in this blog: https://www.ayeshajoshiproduct.com/post/get-unready-with-me-my-night-time-skincare-routine. Check it out!!
We've all done it. Thinking that the harsher we will scrub our skin, the clearer it will be. When I was younger, I remember leaving a face-mask on for 4 hours instead of recommended 15-30 minutes! YIKES!!! Over-exfoliating your skin may lead to dry and sensitive skin, damage your moisture barrier and give you discolouration! My advice would be is to exfoliate 1-3 times per week, and also use a chemical exfoliant instead of a physical one. The chemical exfoliant is a bit more gentle on the skin than the physical one since you're not actually rubbing your skin to get the same outcome. Two favourite chemical exfoliants that I use are Lactic Acid by The Ordinary and the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution by Ordinary as well. Lactic acid is more gentle so it's better with sensitive skin than the Peeling Solution. Just a disclaimer, the Peeling Solution is strong, so only leave it on for a maximum of 10 minutes and only use it once a week!
3. Not using sunscreen
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to not use sunscreen every day. The sun is the biggest enemy of your skin, it makes you age quicker and dries out your skin. Everyone should use sunscreen every day even if it's a cloudy day or you're stuck sitting at home because the UV rays can still pass through the clouds and your windows. The one I am using at the moment is the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25 because it is really lightweight and doesn't leave a white cast.
The other mistake people make is not using enough sunscreen. It is not a moisturiser only, you need to use enough for it to cover your whole face, approximately to fingers long of product. You need to cover your whole face, ears and also don't forget the neck! Also, another thing is you need to put it on every 2 hours. If you're a makeup wearer like me, you can't just slap on the cream on your existing makeup, so my advice would be is to use a sunscreen spray or powder. My favourite product I'm using at the moment is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Protection Invisible SPF 50+ Face Mist.
Hope you feel more educated and you can use these tips in the future!
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