Skin Care Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes & Tips To Correct Them
From the desk of Sole Revival
As a therapist, my job is to advise my clients about the best way to care for their individual skin type. Through an initial in-depth conversation, I uncover how they are currently caring for their skin. They share what they are doing, but more importantly for me, they share what they are not doing. These are some common skin care mistakes I hear people making, in no particular order.
#1: I use it when I remember.
Just about every person has facial stuff in their bathroom, but they only use it “when I remember.”
Cleansing and Exfoliation are two of the best things you can do for your skin, so you’re missing out on some major skin improvement when you only use it once in a while. I encourage my less disciplined clients to use a daily face wash that’s a combined exfoliating cleanser. (Dermaceuticals exfoliating cleanser $69. Or Omveda Neem Face wash if you problematic skin) This dramatically reveals a brighter, smoother and clearer appearance & gets the job done without causing irritation.
#2: Not wearing make up with spf
Some of my clients hide their wrinkles, blemishes, scarring, and brown spots under makeup, and they come to me with the goal of perfecting their skin so they can go makeup-free. Other clients don’t have much they want to cover up, so they think that wearing spf foundation makeup is not needed and that not wearing it is helping their skin by letting it “breathe.”
Always wear make up that had spf product’s in it, because during daylight hours spf protects your skin from UV light and environmental damage. Keep in mind that the #1 cause of premature wrinkles is not from age, genetics or even smoking, it’s from incidental UV exposure that you get at home, at work or riding in the car. Of course, it helps to be wearing a Moisturiser with zinc oxide sunscreen like O Cosmedics tinted spf ($49) every day, it is 30+, lightweight and smells delicious. If you’re using a makeup that is clogging your pores and giving you bumps like some can certainly do, then that type simply isn’t the right fit for your skin so you should seek other options. I’m loving the Cover Recover at the moment, it has excellent coverage. ($89.95 spf 30* uva and uvb as well as anti aging peptides)
#3: Not wearing enough sunscreen on your neck.
When it comes to wearing sunscreen on the neck, most people follow a similar routine. You apply a Moisturiser with SPF to your face, and then whatever is left over on your fingertips you put on the neck. It’s probably not enough.
This always comes as a surprise when I explain it to my clients, but the protection you get from sunscreen is less about the SPF number and more about how generously you apply it. If you apply an SPF 50 sparingly, it could very well be giving you the protection factor of an SPF 30. For anyone over 40, the neck loses tone and gets discoloration and wrinkles. Apply a generous layer of sunscreen to the front and sides of the neck, including your chest.
At night, indulge the skin on your neck with a well-formulated neck cream. I recommend OmVeda Night lotus.
#4: Treating your blemishes the wrong way.
The moment the spot appears, Immediately dry it out with a spot treatment. No, No, No, definitely don’t do that. When a blemish appears, your body will work to repair it, it has an incredible repair responses (unless you have an immune deficiency disorder) that immediately recognise when an infection is present and then moves it’s little soldiers into high gear to heal it. The problem comes when you interfere with these natural healing processes, and end up making it worse.
When you get a blemish, ONE of two things will happen: The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin resulting in a white head.
The infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it.
It’s best to not act the minute you feel a spot coming on, instead, wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin. Once the whitehead is visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue, and then apply a spot-drying treatment, like Omveda pimple clear, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any lingering infection. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin. This keeps the infection trapped underneath for longer which causes the infection to stretch the surrounding skin tissue and sets off a response that creates discoloration and leaves behind a dark acne scar that will linger for weeks or even months. Regular exfoliation and facial massages keep congestion at bay and help eradicate the bumps and lumps underneath the skin.
#5: Not using the right skin routine to manage the needs of both wrinkles and adult breakouts.
This one is common for those ages 25-35 who still get clogged pores and breakouts, yet they are noticing fine lines and wrinkles. Their home routine is either only addressing the breakouts with drying acne products, or they don’t have anything to prevent blemishes and they are using anti-aging products. This type of skin is the most challenging because you need to address them both simultaneously.
(I believe there are many different skin types and that’s why every facial at SR is customised for the individual)
Top tip :
Any acne product that leaves your skin feeling tight, dry and irritated is not the one for you, as this creates dry skin cell buildup on the surface that traps oil and bacteria within the pores and can lead to more breakouts. Any anti aging product that feels greasy on the skin is not good either, because acne-prone skin needs less oil, since oil breeds bacteria and bacteria will lead to breakouts. I would say the best strategy for managing all your skin’s needs is to first understand it. In addition, you’ll want to use a gentle retinal ( expect to pay approx $100 upwards, but a little goes a long way) at night, three nights a week. It is also good for smoothing and encouraging cell turnover, needed to keep skin looking and acting young. Using an active product like this along with a good cleanser and a lightweight moisturiser can give your skin the balance it needs to be healthy and clear.
I hope this post will help you to truly know the correct way to care for your individual skin type.
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