Everyone’s skin is different and there are so many different skincare products on the market, it’s impossible to learn everything and have a simple solution to skincare. Here are some skincare mistakes that you might think are benefitting your skin, however, may be doing the opposite.
Using harsh exfoliants too often
While exfoliating daily and intensely may seem like a great way to get constantly baby-smooth skin, consistently buffing away the top layers of skin removes the protective barrier, and makes skin exposed to pollutants, dirt, toxins and sun damage, all which can increase the signs of aging. Your outer layer of skin works to protect from bacteria and keep hydration in, so to avoid wearing it down and making your skin dry and susceptible to breakouts and inflammation, exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Not applying sunscreen daily
The leading cause of premature aging is skin damage caused by sun exposure. 78% of the harmful rays that hit our face come from incidental exposure, such as sitting in the sun in the car or walking outside on an overcast winter day. Incorporate sunscreen easily into your daily routine by combining it with your moisturiser, such as in our Urban Multi Defence Moisturiser with SPF15.
Choosing incorrect products for your skin type
While there are so many products on the market to explore, it is best for your skin to only use products with formulations designed for your skin type. Dry, oily and combination skin all require different levels of moisture, as do skin types prone to breakouts, that are sensitive, or that even have skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema. Even if it means missing out on a new trendy skincare product, your skin will be better off being treated with products that are designed to help your particular skin type.
Not eating or sleeping properly
Optimum levels of rest and nutrition are important to help our skin look its best. Without adequate sleep, skin becomes dull and pale and you get left with under-eye circles and bags, which can’t simply be erased with a magical skincare product. Diet also directly impacts the health of your skin, so it is important to be getting all necessary nutrients and vitamins in your meals.
Applying too much product
More does not mean more when it comes to skincare. Using too much product can lead to product wastage, as well as the blocking of your pores when product is coating your skin. To cover your whole face, only a pea-sized amount of product is necessary to get even face coverage. It is also important to note that when applying products in your skincare routine, you should begin with the lightest products that are easily absorbed, and end with the heaviest that create a coat on your skin. Applying the heaviest first means that much of the lighter product will not be able to penetrate the skin.