Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is exposed to harsh elements in the environment everyday. When it comes to taking care of your skin, there are some mistakes that are fairly common. Avoiding these mistakes can help you to be a better steward of your skin.
Every once in a while, it’s good to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating allows you to remove any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and it facilitates the growth of new skin cells. You can keep your skin fresh and new by exfoliating. However, it is possible to over-exfoliate. In general, you should exfoliate your face only about once a week. More than that can comprise your skin’s barrier functions and make existing problems, like acne, much worse. Other potential problems from exfoliating include dry, flaky skin or capillary damage.
Not Cleaning Your Tools
When caring for your skin, you want to make sure you are as clean as possible. Excess dirt and bacteria can make existing skin issues worse and end up counteracting the effects of your routine. It’s important that you keep all your tools clean. For example, you should be regularly washing your makeup brushes since they can become dirty over time. Using clean washcloths, facial brushes or other devices are key. Making sure you wash your pillowcases 1-2 times per week is recommended, since your face spends hours in contact with it. It can be helpful to have a schedule for when you will clean all your tools so you can make sure you aren’t inadvertently irritating your skin.
Having an Inconsistent Routine
Consistency is the key to your best results! Oftentimes, when you switch to a healthier, regular skincare routine, your skin goes through a period of “purging” where trapped bacteria and debris makes its way to the surface of the skin and breakouts may result. Rest assured, this is temporary! Do not let short term skin purging discourage you from your new routine!. It takes time for your skin to adjust to things, so if you are not keeping up with the same routine it can disrupt your skin as a whole. Your skin will have to constantly be adjusting the products you use and what you do to your skin. Additionally, consistency in your routine means you get the maximum benefits in the shortest amount of time.