What Not to Do with Your Skin

We’ve all seen plenty of Instagram tutorials with makeup tricks that can change your skin and even your face! But what if I tell you that you can look radiant and with flawless skin without all that makeup too? The trick here is not what you have to do but what you should never do to your skin.

Never Pop a Pimple

As tempting as it may be, it is important to avoid popping any pimples, as this will only make matters worse. A pimple is composed of dead skin cells and bacteria, in which it causes part of the skin to be inflamed and red. If the pimple is popped, not only will the bacteria and dead skin come out, infecting the surrounding skin tissue, but will also spread under the skin, causing more pimples to occur. Popping a pimple may also cause acne scars, as it disrupts the skin, causing micro tears, which then form acne scars. When dealing with pimples, it is best to use other methods besides popping them, such as acne spot treatments, medication, or following a skincare routine in order to prevent pimples from occurring. Salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are great ingredients when treating acne.

Using Lemon Juice on Your Face

            Lemon juice is an ingredient that should not be used on the skin for different purposes such as toners, prevention against acne, or brightening the skin. Lemon juice is highly acidic and is too strong of an ingredient to be used on the skin, and may cause side effects such as irritation, burning, redness, as well as inflammation. These effects may be worse for someone who has sensitive skin. If lemon juice is used on the skin, and is exposed to sun, it may cause discolouration of the skin, and may last for a few months. It is important to use gentle ingredients on the skin in order to prevent any damage to the skin’s barrier. If using any ingredient that is strong, it should be used by a professional only, in which they are trained and know how much is needed.

Not Wearing Sunscreen When Going Out

            It is important to wear sunscreen when going out in order to prevent any skin damages from occurring. The sun radiates UVB and UVA rays, which can cause skin damage if not protected. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of ageing, causing fine lines and wrinkles, loss of volume and elasticity in the skin, as well as skin cancer. When the UV rays hit the skin, the DNA is damaged, resulting in melanin production to occur to prevent further damage. This is the process of sun tanning, which is a result of your skin blocking radiation. UVA rays are the cause of photoaging, and is the longest wavelength, where it is able to penetrate deep into the skin. UVB rays are the cause on sunburn due to its short wavelength. Without wearing sunscreen, UVA penetrates deep into the skin, damaging the collagen fibres and as a result produce fine lines and wrinkles.

Not Washing Your Face Before Bed

            It is important, even after a long day, to wash your face as there’s a build-up of makeup, pollution, dead skin cells, and dirt from throughout the day. This can cause skin concerns such as acne, uneven skin tone and texture, dryness, dull complexion, and can also result in ageing as your skin cells are unable to breathe. It is best to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer before going to bed in order to make sure your skin is clean.

Using Hot Water

            It is important not to use hot water on your skin as this will dry out and strip the natural oils from your skin’s barrier. It is recommended to use lukewarm water, as this is an accepted temperature to use on the skin.

Over Exfoliating the Skin

            As exfoliating the skin is an important aspect to keeping the skin healthy, when overdone, it can do the opposite. When the skin is being stripped from over exfoliation, this will cause the skin to become dry and overproduce oil, causing an increase in breakouts and an oily complexion overall. It is recommended to exfoliate 2 or 3 times in a week for healthy skin. If the skin is dry, 3 times a week is recommended, as there is a higher build up in dead skin cells.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

     Sleep is an important aspect in our daily lives, and plays an important part for numerous reasons, one being the health of your skin. Not getting enough sleep results in a dull complexion, increase in breakouts, uneven skin texture, as well as other skin concerns that may arise. Dark circles under the eyes can also form, making someone appear tired.

Not Cleaning Makeup Brushes Regularly

            As important as it is to wash your face, it is also important to clean your makeup brushes regularly as bacteria can build up, causing acne if not washed properly. It is important when applying anything on the face, that it is clean, or else it results in infections and break outs.

Not Changing the Pillow Case Regularly

            It is important to change the pillow cases at least once a week in order to prevent bacteria from building up, which will cause breakouts and other skin concerns. It is important to sleep not only with a clean face, with no makeup or dirt build up from that day, but also to have a clean pillow case as people forget this is an important factor.

Avoid Using Makeup Wipes

            As makeup wipes are an easy way to clean the face, and keep beside the bed for those late nights, makeup wipes are harmful to the skin, and may cause micro tears in the skin. When rubbing the makeup sheets on the skin, this may be too aggressive on the skin barrier. Also, the ingredients used in order to prevent the wipes from moulding, drying out are also harmful on the skin as it uses alcohol and preservatives. Using unknown chemicals on the skin may irritate the skin and do the opposite, causing skin concerns.

Not Drinking Enough Water

            Water is an important component for many reasons, especially for our skin. Results are not just based on skincare, but also water intake. Water is needed in order to maintain healthy, and hydrated skin. It can help different skin concerns such as minimizing acne, treating dehydrated skin, reducing blemishes and redness as well as keeping your skin plumped.

Scrubbing too Aggressively When Exfoliating

            When exfoliating the skin, it is recommended not to scrub aggressively as this will irritate the skin barrier, creating micro tears in which bacteria can easily build up in those small micro tears, causing acne. When exfoliating, the skin must be gently exfoliated, in order to minimize irritating the skin, which can cause damage. It is best to use a chemical exfoliator as it is gentle on the skin and does not require a physical exfoliator which is more susceptible to small micro tears in the skin.

Applying and Removing Products Under the Eye

            When applying or removing products under the eye such as concealer or applying eye cream, it is important to be gentle in that area, as tugging on the skin too much will irritate and cause premature ageing. It is recommended to dab using your ring finger when applying eye cream. When removing makeup, apply makeup remover on a cotton pad and soak first, then gently wipe away.