Each one of us has our own way of taking care of our skin. While for some looking after their skin is more of a routine activity that is a 30-second quick fix, for others it is more of a dedicated ritual that uses elaborate routines. However, what if the processes you resort to for skincare actually do more harm than good to your skin? What if you are sabotaging your skin and you don’t realize it?
Here are a few common skincare mistakes people make and how to take care of your skin the right way.
1. Sleeping on a Pillowcase Made of Cotton
Yes, next time instead of opting for a cotton pillowcase, use a satin or silk one. It helps to do away with breakouts and reduces permanent creases. Collagen breaks down when you continuously press your face into a pillowcase as it causes trauma to the skin.
2. Not Using Products Based on your Skin Type
One of the most common skincare mistakes we make is using products that are not suited for your skin type. Check out the skin type a particular product is made for. If it says ‘all skin types’, use the product carefully. For maximum results, it is wiser to use products that are specially formulated for your face type.
3. Not Wearing Enough Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not meant solely for the beach. To protect your skin against ageing and the sun’s harmful UV rays, it is best to use a sunscreen that offers SPF 30 or higher. Make sure you apply this cream to your neck and hands too, not only the face. Wear it for 365 days of the year, whether rain or sunshine. In India, the sun is a blessing but can be a curse for your skin, even on cloudy days.
4. Exfoliating Oily Skin
One of the skincare myths that prevails is that exfoliating your skin with different scrubs will do away with oily skin. The truth is that over-scrubbing can cause oil production to speed up. This is because your skin’s natural repair mechanism goes into overdrive. You should exfoliate your skin two or three times a week, no more, no less.
5. Not Cleansing your Skin Properly
You may pride yourself on the fact that you remove your makeup before going to bed every night, but are you using the proper cleanser to do this? The right cleanser puts your skin in proper condition so that overnight renewal is possible. A cleanser that offers salicylic acid and antioxidants helps to clear out pores and acts as a natural astringent which ensures proper cleansing.
So, if you worried about how to get perfect skin, even though you were performing all of the required rituals, make sure you are not making these skincare mistakes.