Our skin is our canvas, and a dull, cracked, worn-looking visage really detracts from the overall picture you’d want to portray. Just as works of art are often protected by glass, the muck and grime of daily life can affect your surface, unless we take action to protect the skin.
As with any habit, bad skincare habits are hard to break. So even if you have all the right products for your skin type, your bad skincare habits will mean a clearer-looking complexion will remain a distant dream.
Read on to find out 5 skincare bad habits that you should avoid for healthier-looking skin.
Forgetting your daily SPF
Sun lotion and creams are not just for far-flung beaches, with a pink parasol-laden cocktail in hand. The sun’s rays will cut through rain, cloud and whatever nature can throw at it, so applying sunscreen should be twice-daily ritual, even more often come good weather.
When choosing sunscreen look for products that have at least a four-star rating for UVA. This score measures how effectively your sunscreen protects against the sun’s UVA rays. UVA rays cause premature skin ageing and can cause sun damage. Try to use sunscreen that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating of at least 30. We recommend Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ as it helps protect skin from environmental aggressors including UVA/UVB rays and pollution. For oily skin types, try Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++, as well as protecting skin against UV rays and pollutants, it helps to minimise the appearance of pores.
Sleeping in your makeup
How sleep affects skin is a bit of a hot topic. A lack of sleep can lead to an uneven texture and dull-looking skin. We hope everyone knows the benefits of 7-9 hours of quality sleep by now. So, our second top tip is to never sleep with your makeup on.
As cardinal rules go this is a biggy. Your skin needs to be free from dirt and excess oil in order to breath. Using a cleanser or scrub gives you a clean base to apply your other skincare products on. Try Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil; it effectively dissolves dirt, excess oil and hard to remove makeup, leaving skin feeling soft, supple and replenished. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block your pores.
Over-exfoliating or exfoliating too little
Scrubbing too hard may be invigorating but can lead to chronic soreness, a ruddy complexion and swelling. The big problem is damage to the lipid barrier. This is found in the stratum corneum of the skin, which is the outermost layer of the epidermis and contains the corneocytes, dead skin cells and the skin’s natural fats, or lipids. In short, it's what gives you oily skin.
While your outer skin protects you, acting as a brick wall, made of keratin and other natural moisturisers, you shouldn’t take it for granted. It will need a cleanse at least twice a day, find a cleanser for your skin type here.
Missing your moisturiser
It does what it says on the tin. Moisturisers hydrate the skin and provide it with the essential moisture it needs as you go about the day. They also reduce the likelihood of skin problems, reducing the chance of dehydrated skin or oiliness which can lead to more serious skin conditions. Finally, using a daily moisturiser locks in the benefits of the serums and facial oils that you may have applied earlier in your routine.
Discover our worldwide number one product, Ultra Facial Cream and enjoy up to 24-hour hydration. In the evening we recommend Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream, the anti-ageing formula nourishes skin to leave it looking more radiant and plumped.
Squeezing your spots
Picking spots can cause scarring and even cause infection. Rather than yield to temptation, and scratch or squeeze that spot, find a routine that’s right for blemish-prone skin. This will help to soothe skin, target blemishes and lead to a clearer-looking complexion.
Squeezing spots can also lead to discolouration or hyperpigmentation – a darkening of the skin in affected areas. We recommend our Clearly Corrective range to target the appearance of dark spots or Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Facial Lotion with Niacinamide to even skin tone appearance.