5 Skincare Mistakes That You May Be Making

Your skin is a very important part of your body. It is your largest organ which acts as the first protective barrier from the external environment and is an important regulator of your internal environment.  People, especially females, like to pay close attention to taking care of their skin. However, it is possible that your skincare routine might actually be the cause of your skin problems. Here are some mistakes that you might be making while trying to take care of your skin.

1. Not removing makeup

If you like to wear makeup, it is important for you to clean everything off of your face before you go to bed. Leaving makeup on your face will clog your pores and irritate your skin. You should start by removing your eye makeup, then use clean wipes to wash and scrub your skin and then use a cleanser to finish the job. Don’t forget your hairline and your neck when doing this.

2. Popping pimples

Doing this seems like a good idea because we think removing pimples makes them disappear. However, this is not always the case. When you pop a pimple, it exposes the clogged pores under it and it causes the bacteria on the skin to have access to this area. This is likely to lead to inflammation because white blood cells will go to that area to fight off these bacteria. It can also lead to scarring in some cases.

3. Over-exfoliating

Exfoliation is a great way to keep your skin fresh and glowing. However, doing it too often or too intensely can worsen any acne and even cause the appearance of blackheads. It can also cause the wrinkling of your skin. To avoid the risks that come with over-exfoliating, you should not use scrubs more than once or twice a week.

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4. Using a dirty pillowcase

Dirt can penetrate your skin and cause a lot of problems. So you should not use the same pillowcase for more than four days, using one side for two days and then the other side for the other two days. Also, avoid cotton pillowcases. Silk or satin is a much better choice of pillowcase for your skin.

5. Dehydration

Dehydration of the skin refers to a lack of moisture, meaning that it can also affect people with oily skin. Like all other cells in your body, your skin cells require water to maintain proper function. Foods containing too much salt, coffee and alcohol can dehydrate your skin so you should limit your intake of these substances.

If your skincare routine doesn’t really have a positive effect on your skin, re-evaluate and see if you’re making any of these mistakes. Then make the necessary changes.

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