7 Skincare Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Skin (How To Fix Them)

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It is important to keep your skin in good condition. Neglect and malpractice can cause undesirable changes to your skin. They may even lead to medical conditions and skin diseases. Therefore, you must be well-versed in the practice of skincare and be aware of the Dos and Don’ts associated with it.

 

Following are some of the most common mistakes you might make while caring for your skin.

1. Sleeping with make-up on

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Make-up products are filled with chemicals and toxins which aren’t meant to stay on our skin for a prolonged period of time. They trap dirt and pollutants in our skin, which negatively affect our skin and may also attract some bacteria, leading to infection. Every night, our skin cells go through a regeneration process which brings old cells and oil to the surface of your skin. Make-up clogs our pores and results in skin breakout.

Get into the habit of keeping face wipes near your bed so that you never forget to wipe off your make-up.

 

2. Not being able to differentiate between oily skin and dehydrated skin

2. Not being able to differentiate between oily skin and dehydrated skin

If you’ve gone your entire life thinking that your skin type is oily, it’ll surprise you to know that the truth may be the complete opposite. Oily skin might be a sign of dehydration, because your skin generates more oil when it lacks moisture. So, instead of trying to get rid of the oiliness, you could try using hydrating skin-care products and increasing your water intake.

 

3. Not cleaning your phone

3. Not cleaning your phone

This point might be surprising to some, but hear us out. Your phone touches a lot of surfaces throughout the day. This means that it comes in contact with a lot of dirt and germs. No matter how many times we clean our face and hands, all that effort goes right down the drain the moment we press our phone against our ear to take a call, or touch our face with our hands after using it.

 

4. Only wearing sunscreen in the summer

4. Only wearing sunscreen in the summer

We all follow the practice of slathering our bodies with some SPF 50 before going for a dip in the pool or venturing outside during summers. What we might not know is that it is equally important to use sunscreen every other time we go out in the sun, regardless of the season. The sun’s UV rays can still harm us, even if its index is a bit lower. Sunscreen protects us from sunburns, premature aging (by discouraging the formation of wrinkles) and even skin cancer.

 

5. Not moisturizing multiple times

5. Not moisturizing multiple times

We have the habit of carrying out skincare only at night, before sleeping. That isn’t enough- you should ideally moisturize your face each time you wash it, as well as a couple of times in between. This ensures that your skin remains sufficiently hydrated throughout the day and makes it supple and soft. If not multiple times, you should moisturize at least three times daily- in the morning, after bathing and before going to bed.

 

6. Exfoliating too much or too little

6. Exfoliating too much or too little

Exfoliation is necessary, but at the same time we have to be careful to not overdo it. If you do not exfoliate regularly, you might notice some blackheads or whiteheads popping up. Even if you cleanse your face regularly, if you don’t exfoliate, the dirt and oil embedded deeper into your skin pores shall not be removed. On the other hand, if you exfoliate too much then you shall irritate your skin, potentially causing rashes. Your skin may even turn slightly dry and flaky, which is definitely not desirable. Over exfoliated skin also doesn’t have that extra layer of protection against contaminants that normal skin does.

 

7. Not drinking enough water

7. Not drinking enough water

No matter how much we try to take care of our skin, if we do not consume enough water, all our efforts go to waste. It increases the elasticity of the skin, prevent premature aging, gets rid of toxins from the body, helps avoid acne and pimple breakouts and helps you get glowing, healthy-looking skin. Hydration is one of the most integral parts of skincare and we should make conscious efforts to keep up our water intake.

 

Takeaway

Most of these mistakes are easily avoidable, just as long as you are careful. Incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine and get rid of the bad ones; your skin will then both look good and feel good.

Which of these skincare mistakes are you guilty of? Comment your experiences down below in the comments!

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