We all like to look flawless when it comes to our skin because good skin boosts our confidence but mistakes are made when we try to achieve this.
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Here are some mistakes you shouldn't make if you want your skin to look its absolute best.
Never (ever!) use hot water on your face
Wash your face with hot water to open pores, then rinse with cold water to close them, well turns out, this is a myth. Exposing the skin to different extremes can actually cause irritation, also stripping your skin of all its natural oils causing dryness and blood vessel ruptures. So in order to keep the skin happy, wash and rinse with lukewarm water only.
Never sleep with make up on
Sleeping with make up on is something that happens to most of us (If not all) but it is not a wise thing to make a habit of, it causes breakouts, wrinkles, eye infection, dry skin just to mention a few, it is advisable to at least use a facial wipe to rub the products off (if you are that tired to wash your) and if you are lacking the wipes you can make use of the natural make up removal like Vaseline or olive oil. Sure you will consider all the risks before hitting the sheets with tons of products on.
Remove Makeup Before You Wash
Some people prefer washing their make up before using the cleansers to finish but this is so wrong especially if your foundation game is strong. By trying to wash your make up first is like spreading butter on bread because the soap can't handle that responsibility of making the face squeaky clean and since you have spread the make up all over your face (without even being aware) your cleanser will in turn do a bad job as it won't remove the remaining makeup and dirt from your face in one fell swoop, so it's either you use up to half of your cleanser or end up getting breakouts from committing the facial offence in the first place. So to make sure your face is totally clean and clear, remove your makeup first, then wash your face with your cleanser.
Don’t over wash or over exfoliate
Whether it’s dry spots, pesky pimples or oil overload, it’s natural to want to attack it with everything you got using acne creams, cleansers, exfoliates. But, you can over do it, which will lead to the exact opposite results you want. Over washing and over exfoliating leads to dryness, irritation, inflammation and even infection, all of which destroy your skin’s ability to fight off pimple-causing bacteria. Keep it simple, you don't have to wash you face all the time, preferably use a wash cloth.
Make use of essential oil
For those who have oily skin and are prone to acne, oil has always been thought to be skin’s worst enemy right?, well you're wrong. Oil actually dissolves other oils and helps reduce blemish making bacteria, incorporating oils into your routine is easy. Simply choose an oil that works for you coconut, grape seed and olive are common favorites then gently massage onto skin and wipe away with a soft washcloth soaked in warm water.
Moisturize that face
Keeping your skin hydrated is an important step in maintaining the overall health of your face regardless of your skin type. Yeah, it’s scarily counterintuitive that adding moisturizer to your face actually helps keep oil level in check, while drying out your face creates more oill. If you have an oily skin, go with a gel or lotion-based moisturizer and for dry skin, use creams. If you’re in-between, use light, acid-free lotions.
Patting your face dry goes a long way
Sometimes rubbing your face with a towel feels pretty good. But your skin (literally!) hates it. Rubbing rather than patting can seriously damage the skin’s elasticity, which can cause major sagging in the future. It can also cause irritation. So don’t just grab any old towel, use a fresh cloth each and every time you dry your face to prevent the spread of bacteria.