Skin is a valuable and visible asset. It’s the largest organ we possess, with the important job of protecting the body from damage, infection, and dehydration 24 hours a day.
While skincare products provide treatment for existing problem skin and preventive care to avoid skin disorders, they’re no match for bad skin care habits. That's why we want to alert you to six simple changes you can make to stop hurting your skin and start helping it look fresh, dewy, supple, and touchable.
You’re a Hoarder
Is your lip-gloss gloopy? Does your facial cream have a funny smell? Is your mascara congealed and your compact crusty? When you use products that are past their prime, you expose your delicate facial skin to expired ingredients that can cause skin irritation and eye infections. Ask your aesthetician for advice on the longevity of all the skin care products you purchase and write the “use by” date on them.
You’ve Got It All Wrong
It’s wonderful that modern pharmacies have so much to offer in their skin care aisles. Unfortunately most people don’t know which product is right for them. For example, can you differentiate between dry skin and dehydrated skin so you know whether you need a moisturiser or something else? Do you know the difference between hormonal cystic breakouts and atopic acne so you don’t treat the wrong condition?
A skin care specialist can analyse your complexion and help you select skin care products based on more than just dry, oily, and combination skin.
Your Timing is Off
Waiting too long to moisturise after you wash your face is a common mistake. What you might not realise is that the moment you stop applying water, your skin begins to lose the moisture you’ve just infused into it while washing. We recommend applying moisturiser within 3 minutes of showering or washing your face to seal in extra hydration on your face. Don’t forget your body, too.
Your Impatience Makes You Fickle
How long do you wait before deciding a new skin care product or routine is working for you? A week? Ten days? If you don’t like what you see after that time do you switch to another product? There’s a reason you want to establish a skin care routine. Changing your skincare regimen too often keeps your skin in a state of upheaval. It takes between four and six weeks for the effects of most skin care treatments and ingredients to make visible improvements to the skin. What’s more, during that time, you might see your skin reacting (poorly) to the change before the positive effects set in.
You’re Using a Flame Thrower on an Ant Hill
Trying to correct a single blemish or small area of hyperpigmentation with a full-face treatment is a common, but skin-damaging error. You shouldn’t expose healthy skin to the stresses of a treatment it doesn’t need. Chemicals that reduce acne, for example, can easily irritate delicate skin where the condition is not present.
We urge you to seek advice from aesthetic professionals who are trained to evaluate skin problems and design focused treatments on areas in need, with an effective corneotherapy based skin solution that won’t cause damage later.
You’re Sleeping in Your Make-up
If you wait until your morning shower to wash off your make-up from the day before, you’re doing a serious disservice to your skin, and you’re not alone. A recent survey revealed that twice a week, about one-third of women go to sleep with their make-up on. The results can be devastating. Removing make-up before bedtime removes dirt and pollutants from your skin, unclogs pores, and gives you a clean slate for the application of night-time skin care products. We recently uncovered this startling illustration of how smooth skin can become cracked and red due to make-up. In this extreme example, a woman slept with her make-up on for a month.
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