As a beauty addict, you may have all the tools and tips at your fingertips and pride yourself on trying out all the newest and best products in the market. However, your skin may still be causing you problems and you can’t figure out why.
If this is something you are experiencing, perhaps start by looking into your skincare routine and skincare habits. We’ve consulted our beauticians and beauty experts to compile a list of the most common skincare mistakes people make in their routines all the time, and what you can do to change.
Are you guilty of any of them? 😏
If you have applied makeup or sunscreen in the day, you need to double cleanse to ensure these products are entirely removed from your skin, as a normal water-based cleanser may not be enough.
Double cleansing entails using a cleansing balm, oil, or micellar water to remove makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your skin before following up with your normal cleanser to tackle dirt and bacteria below the skin’s surface.
Many of us remove our makeup in the shower because it is convenient, but saving time comes at a cost to your skin 😰
Most of us take warm (or even hot!) showers, higher temperatures will damage our skin and dry it out. In addition, it is better to cleanse our face separately as water pressure from the shower head will weaken the skin’s elasticity.
So make sure to do your cleansing separately before stepping into the shower, and avoid direct contact with the water stream from the shower head!
Without regular exfoliation in your skincare routine, pores can become clogged and skincare products may not be as effective. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will help reduce clogged pores and stimulate cell renewal for better skin!
However, avoid over-exfoliating as this will cause the skin’s surface to become too thin and irritable, or even cause damage to the delicate skin layer. Opting for chemical exfoliants are also a more safe and gentle way to get your weekly exfoliation in!
Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
As our skin cannot absorb too much moisture at one go, the moisturiser will sit on top of the skin layer in an oily film and leave our skin feeling oily, greasy, and bring with it a host of other skin issues e.g. enlarged pores, milia seeds, and breakouts.
If your skin feels dry, opt to hydrate and moisturise through layering different hydrating products and gently patting them in for better absorption.
Many of us are guilty of applying our skincare to just our face, resulting in the dreaded ‘turkey neck’ that looks decades older as we age.
Make sure to extend your skincare all the way down to your chest (this applies to your anti-ageing products too!) for gorgeous, youthful skin!
Are you rubbing your moisturiser or sunscreen into your face? It’s time to stop.
Even if you employ the gentlest of strokes, rubbing product in will weaken and loosen the elasticity in our skin over the years.
Essence, serum, moisturiser, and sunscreen (basically everything after toner!) should be gently patted in until fully absorbed with clean hands. The more you know!
If you are using a richer or heavier moisturiser (especially an anti-ageing formula, which tends to be heavier on skin), make sure to swap to a different formulation around your eyes.
As the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate, it usually shows signs of ageing earlier and is easily weighed down by dense products as well as being more susceptible to milia seeds.
A water-based or gel formulation, or a lightweight cream specially designed for the eye area would be a better choice to ensure the delicate skin does not sag or age further!
We know, we know, this point has been said many times. But it is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine (yet most often skipped!).
Environmental damage is one of the main causes of skin ageing, so make sure you protect your skin daily 😰
Also: even if you stay indoors, it doesn’t mean you are safe from UV rays. Artificial lighting racks up a significant amount of UV radiation as well, which speeds up ageing in skin.
If you dislike the feeling of sunscreen, you can opt for moisturiser or foundation with SPF in it. Be sure to reapply if you are under the sun for extended hours!