Most of us forget that our skin is a sensitive organ that requires daily care and attention, and that the way we treat our skin in our youth can effect its quality later in life. The scary truth is that you can wreak a lot of havoc on your own face without even knowing it. You can even do it in the process of trying to improve the quality of your skin.
In attempts to save you from doing some serious, irreversible damage to your own skin, Get The Look is spelling out the most common bad habits that keep women from achieving the complexion of their dreams and finding the fountain of youth.
THE 5 WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO TO YOUR SKIN
It may be okay for a dermatologist to pick at your face, but you should definitely not be picking at your own pimples – or anything else, for that matter – in the mirror. Picking at the face is one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects.
The more you press on and manipulate blemishes, the more inflammation they create underneath. The result is scars or discolourations left on the skin, which can last for months, or even worse, forever.
It's true: your skin can take too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to exfoliating. It may feel good to get rid of any dead skin or leftover product, but good facial scrubs are only meant to be used sparingly. Exfoliate two to three times a week, or you can even do it seven days on, seven days off, depending on your schedule. During the days when your scrub isn't being used, nourish the new healthy cells with a great moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.
Washing is another skin habit that will suffer from over-doing it. It's important to remember that your skin is a super delicate organ, so you need to be very particular about what you put on it and how often you do so.
Chronic over-washing will cause skin to dry and crack, leaving it prone to infections and flares of inflammatory conditions like eczema, and can even highlight signs of aging, like small wrinkles and lines. To make sure you aren't over-drying your skin, look to super-hydrating cleansers that gently clean without destroying the balance of natural oils.
USING THE SAME PRODUCTS YEAR ROUND
We get it – you love your current products. But your skin needs different things from season to season. Each change should be a reminder to re-evaluate your regimen.
In the winter, the focus should be on moisturization and hydrating products. In the spring, think deep pore cleansers and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness. In the summer, the focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter weight (think BB and CC creams) since there is more humidity in the air. As for fall, increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage.
TUGGING AT THE SKIN AROUND YOUR EYES
The skin around your eye is the thinnest, which makes it the most delicate. And since it's the first to show signs of aging, it's important to be gentle with it! Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye makeup can create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibres, causing visible lines and wrinkles prematurely.
Apply eye cream with your ring finger (it's the weakest) and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging.