Most of us know the general ‘cleanse-tone-moisturize’ rule when it comes to skincare. And while this is a good enough foundation for a basic routine, it’s not the only thing you should be doing to achieve healthy, radiant skin. To treat your skin properly, you should know that there are seemingly harmless habits that could be wreaking havoc — such as skipping sunscreen and even touching your face! If you’ve been wondering why you aren’t seeing good results from your regimen, or don’t know why your skin is acting up, these could be some underlying possibilities. As such, it’s very important that you nip these bad habits in the bud!
Skin cancer is common in the U.S., but many Americans are unaware of it. UV rays, especially UVB, also cause sunburn and even blistering. To protect yourself from these, you’ll need a broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields you from both kinds of UV rays. Unfortunately, traditional sunscreen that feels thick and sticky can put off people from applying sunscreen. But there are products, like the Coppertone Ultra Guard, that are thin and lightweight without the chemical smell. Remember to re-apply every two hours, especially if you’re outdoors for a long time!
Not using the right regimen
Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all. Like we said, having a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer is a great foundation for a basic routine but the kinds you need will differ depending on your skin type. For example, if you’ve got oily or blemish-prone skin, then you need to have a skincare routine for acne. Your products should then contain ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which specifically target blackheads, breakouts, and congested pores. On the other hand, someone with sensitive skin would be better suited to ingredients like rosewater and jojoba oil. Make sure you do your research and consult your dermatologist.
Trying too many products at once
Sometimes, finding the right skincare routine will take some experimenting. However, trying too many products at once might backfire on you. This is mainly because some active ingredients don’t go well together. For instance, salicylic acid and glycolic acid individually will provide you with rejuvenated skin, but combining them will irritate and dehydrate your skin. In general, it’s good to give a product one to three months to take effect. If you need to switch products, allow two weeks for your skin to rest first before trying something new. If there are negative reactions to the product you use, stop immediately and do a skin detox to help your skin recover.
Touching your face
Your hands are dirtier than you think. After all, you use them for lots of things such as opening doorknobs and shaking hands with other people. And you don’t know how much dirt and bacteria are on those surfaces. If you touch your face with dirty hands, your pores can clog up and result in pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. If you have a hard time keeping your hands off your face, at least make sure they’re always sanitized and washed.
Forgetting to remove your makeup
Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day removes the makeup on your face. It’s tempting to go straight to bed. However, aside from makeup, your face also has a day’s buildup of oil and dirt. Sleeping with all that on your skin will definitely clog up your pores. Start with an oil-based cleanser to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup and SPF. Then, follow with your usual gel- or water-based cleanser for a thorough clean.
Sleep is a time for your skin to recover from any damage and inflammation, and your sleep habits can greatly affect the condition of your skin. For instance, not sleeping enough will make your skin drier, more loose, and more prone to wrinkles. To give your skin enough time to repair itself, you should get seven to nine hours of sleep.