5 beauty habits that may be doing your skin a disservice

Are you making any mistakes with your beauty routine? Here’s our first round-up of habits that could be damaging to your skin.

1. Not adapting your skin care to the seasons

Selecting the correct skin care for your skin type is one of the easiest ways to help your skin stay on the straight and narrow! However, just when you think you’ve got it sorted and your skin is thanking you daily, along comes a new season to flip your well-practised routine on its head. It’s therefore important to review your skin care habits regularly and if skin starts to feel dry, oily or flaky depending on the season, it may be time to look at simple changes that could make a big difference. In summer, ensure you protect skin with a suitable SPF protective cream or lotion and apply a lighter moisturiser to skin where required. In winter, try introducing a skin-loving specialised facial oil to those areas of your face that need a little more TLC, and then apply your regular moisturiser over the top. Applying an oil straight after cleansing helps trap moisture and gives your skin a fighting chance of staying hydrated throughout the day. A multipurpose Paw Paw balm can also be a great asset to your skin all year round – great for insect bites and sun-parched skin in summer, and for dry, chapped skin suffering through a cold, dry winter.

2. Over-exfoliating the skin

This mistake is bound to trip you up every now and again. Your brand new exfoliator sloughs away dirt, impurities and dead skin cells and you hop out of the shower feeling glowy and clean, so why wouldn’t you want that feeling again tomorrow? Here’s the catch: along with dirt and make up, the exfoliation process can compromise the skin’s lipid barrier, which could lead to increased skin sensitisation or inflammation. Therefore, keep exfoliation down to 2-3 times a week to allow skin the ability to restore and re-balance. An exfoliator in a creamy, hydrating base can double as a fantastic way to counter the effects of the exfoliation process. Natural oils and moisture can be restored during the process, helping to minimise damage and promote skin softness and hydration.

3. Using the wrong lip products

Lipsticks and glossy lip balms may not be the best thing to apply to lips, particularly if yours are dry or flaking. Often, these oh-so-gorgeous products may contain a multitude of pigments, shimmers, fragrances and even alcohols that can be drying and cause skin irritation. Our lips lack oil glands that are present elsewhere on our skin and the skin on the lips is more delicate, suggesting that greater care is needed to keep them in top shape! Dry lips are usually reversible with simple treatment and preventive measures – and using the right products. If you can’t live without glosses and lipstick, try applying a base coat of a hydrating, natural balm to help protect and seal in moisture. At night, be sure to apply a hydrating balm to lips before going to bed to help repair any damage caused during the day, and to avoid dry, flaky lips in the morning.

4. Sleeping in your make up

This one is a big NO-NO that you should hopefully always avoid! It’s all too easy to crawl into bed at the end of a long day (or a big night!) sacrificing skin cleanliness for some precious shut-eye, but is it worth it in the long run? Those 3 minutes it can take to remove your make up can really make a difference when it comes to your skin’s overall appearance and condition. Enough said.

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5. Neglecting the eye area

It’s just too easy to slap on a bit of moisturiser and maybe a tinted SPF BB cream before running out the door in a mad rush, without giving a second thought to the skin around your eyes. Let’s face it, your mind is probably on other things! However, a good eye care routine for the skin doesn’t have to be lengthy or involved – it just means picking the right product and ensuring it’s applied correctly. Products specifically designed for the eye area should be hydrating, soothing (helping to reduce puffiness and bags!) and free from fragrances and other irritants. Start the application underneath the eye, above your cheekbone and just under the tear duct. Gently dot the cream and work your way from the inside bottom lid to the outside bottom corner. Continue tapping gently and then apply the eye cream on the top eyelid. That’s it! So, with just a moment’s work and the right product, your eye area will be soft, plumped and moisturised and you can face the day looking refreshed and well rested, even if you don’t feel it!

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Look your best day in and day out by avoiding these common bloopers. Hope this helps!

Yours, Jessica Palmer at Qsilica