While your skin will reward you for treating it well, it can be as petty as your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend when you’ve done it wrong! Your skin remembers and won’t let it go. It probably won’t forgive you either.
Sounds like a mini horror story, doesn’t it?
No need to stress out, because you can avoid it.
Which skin ‘sins’ are you doing that you shouldn’t be doing? Let’s start off with one of the major ones. Sunscreen.
A Quick Run in the Sun
We have all done it. You probably have as well. You’re rushing out of the house and hopping into your car. You’re thinking you’re just going to the store quickly or to pick up the kids from soccer. It’s fine. I don’t need sunscreen. I’m not tanning or anything… Erm, wrong. This is the first skin error you’re making, and it’s a big one.
Not only is sun the main culprit of skin aging, it’s also tied to skin cancer. We advise you to apply your skincare 15 minutes before you go outside. Every single time. Think of all the 30 minutes to an hour you spent out in the sun… multiply it with thousands of days… The damage adds up.
ZzZz with Makeup
Napping or sleeping with makeup is again, an ultimate sin. Yes, you’re probably guilty of this, but you’re not alone. But just because the majority is doing it, doesn’t mean your skin is going to give a mass pardon to everyone! All jokes aside, your skin needs to breathe and release all the dirt and oils throughout the night. If your skin is on top of it all, it won’t have a choice but to store all the nasties in your pores.
Treat All Areas of Skin the Same
This would be a huge no. Some people experience oiliness in their T zone. But then dry patches on their cheeks. Some people will have clogged, huge pores but otherwise dry skin. Skin is complex. And it should be treated accordingly. Not all areas of the face require the same care. For example, if you struggle with acne on your chin, you won’t apply salicylic acid on your entire face, as it isn’t necessary. Use specific skincare for specific areas.
A lot of times we hear the same old excuse: MY SKIN IS OILY. The fact that your skin produces oil doesn’t equate to it being satiated. In fact, quite the opposite. Oily skin needs water. Hydration. Moisture. It needs it really bad. Don’t skip moisturiser. There’s absolutely no excuse for skipping it. And your skin will hold an eternal grudge against you. Just a friendly warning.
Picking Your Skin
As we go down this list, we’re feeling more and more…’passionate’ about certain skin mistakes. We all have that friend that, against all better judgement, keeps picking at acne and blemishes. She simply can’t help it. If you want to stop your skin from acting out, stop provoking it! Don’t touch your face, don’t scratch it and forget about going into Dr Pimple Popper mode.
True, there are all kinds of skincare mistakes we make throughout our life...The important thing is we learn from most of them. While your skin won’t mind you experiment with new products usually, if you do all the above mentioned regularly, the damage will be irreversible.
Love your skin. Treat it well. And it will love you back!Have a great weekend, Tracey x