Squeezing your Skin
I know, I know! It’s so hard to resist! Most of us can’t fight the urge to pop those big spots lurking on our faces, but the truth is this does more damage than good. The more you fiddle with a spot (especially one that isn’t ready to pop), the more inflammation you create underneath the skins surface. That’s right, picking and squeezing means you’re potentially popping a spot underneath the skins surface without noticing. This creates even more bacteria penetrating your skin, making in more likely for them to come back and haunt you, or take forever and a day to leave.
Our skin is essentially our bodies protective layer, often we don’t realise how delicate it is. Consider your skin to be baby skin at all times, treat it with care. Always pat your skin dry, pulling and tugging will result in saggy skin and fine lines in the long run. If you have the habit of rubbing your eyes when your tired, being too rough when you remove your eye makeup or even not quite being delicate enough when applying creams and makeup; it ends now. The skin around your eyes is so delicate and thin that this will definitely increase the likely hood of fine lines and wrinkles.
Wash your Makeup Brushes
Wash your brushes at least once a week. I have a few friends that wash their brushes religiously but the majority basically do when I make them feel guilty after walking into their bathrooms in horror. Brushes easily hold onto bacteria, increasing your chances of breakouts and reoccurring breakouts. If you use a sponge or beauty blender, wash it after every use.
Absolute obsession in my beauty regime is exfoliating. It’s an essential and great for your skin, removing dead skin cells that clog your pores and lead to breakouts and blackheads. If over done though, or done too aggressively, skin becomes damaged. The skins protective barrier is scratched and left more exposed to infection and pollutions. Find the balance by listening to your skin and understanding when it does and doesn’t need a scrub.
NOTE: never apply too much pressure when exfoliating.
Read my article on How much do you actually know about exfoliating? for more.
It Doesn’t Work Forever
All products contain active ingredients, after a while your skin will adapt to these ingredients and they’ll become less effective. Always remember your skin also changes over time, what worked for you in summer, won’t work for you in winter. What worked for you 2 years ago, won’t work for you today.
Treat your skin with care and you’ll thank yourself for it later.