Even with the best intentions, you may be practicing habits that are actually sabotaging your skin.
You make an effort to get the right products and you make time for your actual routine every day. But no matter how religiously you stick to your routine, you may be doing the wrong things that damage your skin.
Here are five skin mistakes that may be sabotaging your skin and how to fix them:
Skin care mistake #1: Rubbing your skin with a towel.
A habit of rubbing your skin with a towel can irritate the skin and cause it to lose elasticity in the long run. After cleansing, take care to pat your face dry with a clean towel (a different one from the one you use on your body).
Skin care mistake #2: Not washing your hands before washing your face.
We know what you’re thinking: you’re scrubbing cleanser anyway, so why bother? But think about it: you have oil, dirt, and bacteria on your fingers and you’re putting them directly on your skin (which could be why you’re breaking out.) Make it a habit to wash your hands first before cleansing.
Skin care mistake #3: Keeping your makeup on at night.
This is a big no-no. Sleeping with makeup on can clog your pores and cause acne. Also, if eye makeup is not removed properly, it can worsen the appearance of eye bags. Keep makeup wipes within reach on your bathroom counter so you don’t miss out on this important step.
Skin care mistake #4: Skipping moisturizer.
No matter what your skin type is, you should never forget to moisturize regularly. Skipping this step can dry your skin, which adds years to your look. Plus, your natural glow is easier to maintain if your skin is properly hydrated. Even oily skin needs the proper moisturizer to balance the skin’s hydration. Don’t forget to moisturize after cleansing and toning to keep skin soft and supple.
Tip: Take our Skin Analyzer test to find the moisturizer best suited for your skin type.
Skin care mistake #5: Picking at your pimples.
It may be tempting to pick at annoying pimples, but picking at acne can cause scars and inflammation, leaving you in a worse situation. Treat acne by applying spot treatment, not by popping pimples.
We’re all guilty of these habits every now and then, but know that it’s not too late to correct them. Put these tips into practice to give your skin the care it deserves.