Good skin will not only make you feel better but your makeup will look better too. There is so much advice out there about how you should be looking after your skin or how to achieve a flawless complexion but so much has been taken out of context that it becomes hard to separate fact from myth. In this post, I list 5 skincare habits that may be doing your skin more harm than good.
Cleansing till you're squeaky clean?
It is possible to wash your face too much. Your skin naturally produces oils to protect it and stripping these away with harsh gel cleansers just triggers your skin to produce more of it. Makes sense right? Use something gentle to wash away the excess without drying out your skin. I think cream cleansers are great whether you have oily or dry skin. For oily skin, I’d suggest the Iluka Nourishing Cream Cleanser because it’s nice and light and leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. For drier skin, the Puretopia Whisk Away is a little more hydrating containing shea butter and rosehip oil. If you’re wearing heavy duty makeup, you will need something tougher that’s still gentle, I use the Simple Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser.
Drenched in moisturiser.
Just like over washing, you can also over moisturise. Really? that sounds ridiculous.
I used to slap on layers of intensive moisturisers to try feed my skin as much as possible but after a while, it’s as if my skin stopped feeding itself and would become very dry any time I didn’t use layers of moisturiser. If you feel like your moisturisers disappeared after a minute, try to wean your skin off with something lighter. I’ve been using the Iluka Light Day Cream and Luxe Night Cream. They have thinner texture so they’re quick to absorb but keep my skin from feeling tight and dry. Over time, your skin will re-balance and won't need as much moisturiser to stay soft and supple.
Scrub me silly.
Back in my acne days, I had no one giving me any proper advice so I used to scrub my face with a shower puff thinking that would clean it but it just aggravated my skin and made everything worse. Be careful of rough, gritty exfoliators because if you use too much pressure, it could irritate and damage your skin. I’ve been using the Indeed Labs powdered exfoliator which you mix with water to create a puffy paste. It’s loaded with enzymes to gently dissolve away dead skin cells so no need for harsh scrubbing.
I’m obsessed with squeezing out my blackheads and clogged pores. It’s so grose but soooo satisfying and addictive. I’m not the only one right?
That was big mistake because now I have broken capillaries around my nose so I’m trying to stop. I love this Exfoliating Scrub Mask by Quick Fix Facials. The pink clay helps to draw out the crap from your pores to make it easier to extract and prevent them from clogging up. It’s actually a mask and a scrub all in one. You leave on your face for about 10 minutes and then gently scrub as you rinse it off and the fact that it smells like play-doh, is a big bonus for me :)
Not using protection.
You don’t need to be told to wear sunscreen do you? The Aussie sun is super harsh and the sun can be really damaging to your skin. The easiest way to manage this is use a moisturiser with a high spf in it. The Iluka day cream I use only have an spf 6 which isn’t enough so on days where I know I’ll be exposing myself to the sun, I use the Olay Complete SPF 30+. It feels like a regular moisturiser and works nicely under makeup without the heavy, greasy sunscreen feel. A staple in my skincare arsenal for many years now <3
So there you have it, 5 skincare habits you may not have realised were doing your skin more harm than good. It's all about balance, don't overdo anything and try to use gentle products where possible. Remember to drink plenty of water, your skin will thank you!