Planning a skincare routine is only the beginning. Many individuals go through their daily and weekly routines, applying products they purchased years ago or seeing all four seasons as equal when it comes to skincare. That's just two of the most frequent skincare blunders individuals make; there are plenty more listed below. Perhaps a couple of these apply to you? It is not too late to change direction and enhance your skin in the short and long term.
1. Improperly storing your products
We're not saying you need a separate tiny fridge for all of your skincare goods. (Though this does exist!) But we also don't recommend storing your items in places that are excessively hot or too humid (the latter particularly applies to things like razors, trimmers, scissors, combs, tweezers, etc.).
Most goods are acceptable at a range of naturally cool and moderate temperatures all year, but they can quickly heat up and deactivate if exposed to direct sunlight on a hot day. When traveling, it's more challenging to keep track of temperature, but pay close attention to active components like Vitamin C, prescription retinol, antioxidants, and UV filters.
2. Letting Products Go Stale
The longer you leave your products on the shelf, the more their contents age, and the more their properties break down. Figure that for most products; you've got about 12-18 months to use them up before the ingredients start to degrade. Remember that most products include a "best used by" or "expires on" date on the packaging, usually located on the back. It's always important to follow that date and not to stretch things out in the name of saving money.
Here's a good rule of thumb you can use: If it's a product you use daily, like a facial moisturizer, figure that you'll need to replace it every three months. If it's not daily, like eye cream, you could stretch that to four months. If it's a treatment product that targets a specific skin concern, like an acne-fighting product, you should
3. Not Eating Right
Your diet can have a significant impact on your skin. If you eat foods loaded with sugar and processed ingredients, you're causing your body to produce excess oil, which can make you break out. If you eat foods high in antioxidants, you're feeding your skin these essential nutrients, which can help slow down the aging process.
4. Over Exfoliating
Overuse of exfoliating products, whether a body or facial scrub, can lead to a collagen breakdown and result in skin with no elasticity, which will give you wrinkles. Limit your scrubbing to two times a week—and especially avoid those scrubbies that have tiny little plastic balls on them, as the scrubbies can cause micro-tears in your skin, which can lead to irritation and infections.
5. Using the Wrong Products for Your Skin Type
Find a moisturizer that your skin loves. It will suck it up without leaving your skin feeling greasy or sticky. You don't need to apply a moisturizer containing SPF if you're not planning to go outside. And don't use a moisturizer that's sensitive if you are experiencing dryness. If a moisturizer is too light, it can't do its job, and if it's too heavy, it can clog your pores.
You don't have to be a skincare professional to make simple changes that will significantly impact your skin. By avoiding common skincare mistakes, you can take better care of your pores, keeping your skin healthy and looking great.
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