11 skin care mistakes you could be making every day
Now more than ever we’re willing to introduce new techniques and products into our skin care routines in our most noble effort to take the very best care of our skin. And as we do, some of the more important skin care rules - our skin care staples - are becoming distant memories.
Keeping a skin care routine is important, but making sure you’re protecting your skin in the process should always take priority. Make sure you’re not committing the following skin care sins and maintain your heavenly skin status.
Not cleansing properly
One you’ve probably heard before, but the most important. With the introduction of products like makeup removal wipes and quick-cleansing shortcuts, we seem to have forgotten the importance of cleansing the skin properly.
Every day impurities and dead skin cells sit and build-up on the skin’s surface. If you don’t cleanse your skin properly, the build-up literally builds up, blocking pores which can lead to pimples – and the last thing you want when you’ve got broken skin is the potential for impurities to cause an infection.
For a skin care routine, your skin will love…check out our three step skin care process for complexion perfection!
Using too many products
We understand that it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to skin care and beauty products. We all want beautiful, age-defying skin, but sometimes we need a little dose of perspective too. Not only is it unlikely a product will be effective if it’s applied on top of another product; plus mixing different skin care ingredients, especially those containing ‘active ingredients’ can have undesired outcomes.
Both retinol and vitamin C are being added to skin care products to help combat signs of ageing, but when used together can cause skin irritation, especially to sensitive skin. The same applies to salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Common acne fighting ingredients, benzoyl peroxide, and skin-lightening agent hydroquinone, when mixed together, can cause staining on the skin1.
It’s important to be in-the-know about the nature and the origin of the ingredients you’re using on your skin, a minimalist approach tends to let your skin shine, find out more about a simple skin care philosophy, and how to achieve it.
Not getting enough sleep
Beauty sleep is a real thing, too many late nights will see your skin suffer as your body isn’t given the adequate amount of time to repair and regenerate overnight. While we’re sound asleep, our bodies boost blood flow to the skin, bringing with it oxygen and helping promote new cell growth. Lack of sleep is associated with stress which is linked to the hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down the protein collagen, that helps keep skin smooth2.
Get the best night’s sleep and beautiful skin by following these 12 simple steps.
Not drinking enough water
Our bodies need water to function, water makes up around 60% of our being and it’s essential for good health and good skin. Not drinking enough water is associated with a duller complexion, prominent pores and wrinkles, which makes sense as our skin cells (like all cells) are made up of water. Plus drinking water flushes your body of toxins, some of which are associated with inflamed skin and acne3.
Not removing your makeup properly
Makeup lovers know that removing your makeup is a beauty essential, but it’s important to remember that cleansing and removing your makeup are two separate things, and to effectively cleanse your skin, boost circulation and attain that healthy glow, you need to remove all of your makeup. Makeup removal can be tough, as many products contain long-lasting pigments, and some products like makeup remover wipes just don’t cut it (all the reasons why can be found here).
Not removing your makeup in its entirety will lead to breakouts; the build-up will give your complexion a dull appearance; and over time, old makeup being left on the skin can lead to skin ageing caused by environmentally-induced oxidative damage, causing the premature breakdown of the skin’s natural barrier4.
The term double cleanse has become a ‘thing’, drawing attention to the fact that removing makeup properly and cleansing are both a necessary element of your skin care routine. We cover the best way to introduce the double cleanse into your skin care regime…and if you’re wondering about the best way to remove your makeup, we also cover why Cosmopolitan voted Santé by ENJO best makeup remover in their 2017 Beauty Awards.
Exfoliating too much…or not enough
Exfoliation is a beautiful skin must. Our skin cells are continually renewing themselves, and when old skin cells build-up on the surface of the skin they leave the skin looking dry, flaky and dull. The old cells can clog pores which can lead to breakouts, leaving you with this strange combination of dry looking skin, that’s breaking out. By gently buffing the surface of the skin with a kind and chemical-free product you’ll be sloughing away old cells, leaving nothing but the beautiful, healthy, new skin underneath.
Teamed with proper makeup removal and a kind and caring daily skin care routine, your skin only requires exfoliation 1-2 times a week, over exfoliation can leave your skin feeling puffy, sore and in some (more extreme) cases can cause a break in the skin’s surface.
Forgetting to wear sunscreen
We’re all well aware that sunscreen is key, especially when spending time in the Aussie summer sun. But the truth is, the sun’s rays that damage the skin and cause skin cancer are present come rain or shine, so it’s essential you apply a natural sunscreen to exposed areas of the skin as part of your daily skin care routine.
Choose a natural, organic option. Mineral-based sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin creating an actual barrier to UV rays, simply make sure you remove your sunscreen at the end of the day – Santé’s Body Glove works wonders at reaching into the skin’s pores to remove every last trace of old sunscreen.
Using dirty makeup brushes
Kind of an obvious one, but dirty makeup brushes are going to do your skin no favours, plus, you won’t achieve seamless makeup application either. Dirty brushes, especially foundation brushes that uptake liquid and are often moist, are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Once bacteria starts multiplying you’re running the risk of infection if you have acne or broken skin or if the bacteria comes in contact with your eyes.
So how often should we be cleaning our brushes? A quick clean once a week and a more thorough clean once a month should suffice. Santé Makeup Removers not only work wonder on removing your makeup with just water, but they also work just as well to remove makeup from your brushes. Simply add a little water to the fibre and sweep your brush across the fibre.
Using products that contain chemicals
US researchers have found that 1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products was originally designed for industrial use5. We know there are many chemical components to many cosmetic products, and in small doses perhaps they won’t have an effect on the long-term integrity and health of the skin, but when these ingredients are incorporated into your daily routine, the risk of long-term effects is heightened.
Many synthetic chemicals are actually irritants on the skin, and it makes sense our skin might respond this way as the ingredients are synthesised, which means they are an ingredient the skin would never naturally come into contact with. For more information on ingredients to avoid, we cover five ingredients you should remove from your skin care routine today and why.
Thinking you don’t need to moisturise
No matter your skin type, your skin will reap the benefits of a little extra moisture after cleansing. Plus applying moisturiser acts as a daily facial, boosting circulation to the skin surface leaving you with that gorgeous glow. Moisturisers also help add a protective layer while nourishing the skin’s surface keeping it soft, supple and hydrated. If you do have oily skin, perhaps reduce moisturising to a couple of times a week, letting your skin’s natural oils work their magic. But how do you choose a natural moisturiser, without all of the chemicals ingredients? There are so many naturally-occurring, moisture-full ingredients available, such as products that contain avocado oil, nut oils, argan oil and our favourite coconut oil.
For oily skin, aloe vera works to moisturise the skin without making it look and feel greasy. If you suffer from dry skin, find out the best ways to keep dry skin moisture-full.
Having hot showers
Although a hot shower is a nice way to start or end your day, very hot water is not good for your skin. You might notice sometimes after a hot shower your skin feels itchy and dry, that’s because our outermost skin cells help our skin retain moisture by producing a very thin layer of oil, super-hot water breaks that natural moisture barrier. Stick to short, warm showers to only.