8 Beauty Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making

Every woman wants to be beautiful! And some of us will spend countless hours trying to look our best. Some beauty routine like washing your face may seem like the least complicated part of your beauty routines as rub in and rinse off may sound self-explanatory.

However, there are some common habits that can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, oiliness, and breakouts.

Hence, here’s a list of some mistakes that ought to be addressed so you’ll keep your skin beautiful and healthy.

1. Washing your face too often

According to Mona Gohara, associate clinical professor at Yale’s department of dermatology, people with dry skin might only need to cleanse once a day, while those with more oily skin should wash twice a day at max. If you do wash just once, make it at night rather than in the morning. Take note that washing your face too often could dry out your skin, making it produce even more oil to compensate. “You wash off the day’s grime and pollutants that accumulate during the day,” she says. “Not only does sun give aging, but pollutants do as well.”

2. Using the wrong products for your skin type

According to Dr. Gohara, you must never substitute a soap-based product for a non-soap cleanser. “Soap-based products strip the skin of natural oils and leave skin irritated, dry, and more likely to be inflamed, while non-soap cleansers hydrate the skin and replenish the skin barrier, so the skin is much more healthy,” she says. While foaming washes work well for oily skin, a more hydrating cleanser is better for dry skin. Those with oily skin can benefit from alpha-hydroxy acids or salicylic acids, but those ingredients can be too harsh on people without oily skin. “If you have delicate skin, you don’t want something irritating. If you’re acne-prone, a mild wash will only work if you use an astringent later,” says Michele Green, a New York-based cosmetic dermatologist.

3. Exfoliating too often or you use the wrong water temperature

An exfoliating cleanser can slough away dead skin cells and leave the skin glowing, but daily exfoliation can lead to dryness and flakiness. That squeaky clean feeling will lead to irritation,” says Ivy Lee, a dermatologist based in Pasadena, California. So, limit exfoliation to just once a week. Also, water that’s too hot will dry your skin, while cold water won’t let your pores open. “Tepid water is the best water temperature, not too hot and not too cold,” says Green.

4. Forgetting to Add Makeup to Your Neck

A common mistake women make is not blending the makeup on the face down to the neck. Makeup, once fully and masterfully applied, should appear effortless and natural. It’s pointless when the skin tone of the face is visibly different from the skin tone of the neck. That creates a mask-like look that is a bit unappealing and strange to look at. Blending the makeup on the face in with the makeup on the neck creates a balanced look to your overall appearance. Imagine painting your face light blue and your neck dark blue. Although that is a rather extreme example, people notice when there is imbalance to your overall image. They ask questions, and try to figure out what is causing this strangeness that you’ve got going on.

5. Rubbing in your cleanser too vigorously

You don’t need to scrub aggressively to get rid of impurities on your skin as gently rubbing it in will do the trick without being too rough on your skin. For the most effective wash, rub in your cleanser using circles that go outward to stimulate blood flow which will plumps up skin and primes it to sit in an upward position instead of sagging. Also, avoid rubbing a towel against your face which will only remove the lipids, proteins, and fatty acids that protect your skin from irritation. “It’s better to pay dry to keep that barrier intact,” says Dr. Gohara.

6. Going To Sleep With Your Make Up On

Please don’t do it! Cosmetic products contain chemicals and compounds that can harm your skin over time and improper care. Basically, the makeup you apply sits on your skin, covering your pores, which produces natural skin oils. There are hundreds of reasons why people wear makeup, but, at the end of the day, it is important to remove the makeup before exfoliating your skin. This makes it so that your skin and pores can breathe so that it can maintain a healthy glow instead of a dullness that can only be covered up with more makeup.

7. Spraying Your Clothes With Perfume

The best place to spray perfume so that you smell good is not always on the clothes or on the wrists. WHAT?! Can you believe that we have been doing this all wrong! Perfume is best activated where it can heat up. But keep in mind that where the perfume is sprayed sends different messages. On the nape of the neck and cleavage sends a flirtier message. Behind the ears, on the inner elbows, and other harder to see places often draw men in. Down your torso, along with your core, is a good place because your body is constantly moving.

8. Waiting to moisturize or you let products build up

The best time to apply creams and serums is right after you’re done washing your face, so don’t wait to put them on. “Your face is the cleanest it’ll be, and you’re locking in the hydration from the water,” Dr. Gohara says. On the other hand, if you don’t adequately scrub off face products or makeup, or you don’t rinse your cleanser off thoroughly your skin could get irritated and break out.

By taking these things into consideration, you’ll be able to take care of your skin and get that perfectly healthy glow always.
8 Beauty Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making 8 Beauty Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making Reviewed by Ibitoye Tolulope on January 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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