If you’re like me, then you never had someone who really actually knew what they were doing sit down and teach you how to apply makeup. We learn from our friends, our older sisters, and YouTube videos, but a whole lot more than we want to admit is simple trial and error. In the end, we may perfect our made-up look, but without proper instruction we all develop some bad habits without even realizing it!
While they may seem harmless, some of the shortcut skincare habits that many of us have picked up over the years are having a big impact on our skin. Read on for tips on how to avoid these simple skincare no-no’s!
Avoiding Sunscreen: We really can’t overemphasize how important it is to include sunscreen in your morning makeup routine. According to dermatologists, UV radiation from the sun is the leading cause of skin damage, skin cancer, and signs of premature aging. You don’t need to buy a bottle of an oily SPF 50 to protect your skin, because luckily, most makeup companies are paying attention to the research. Clinique, Neutrogena and Maybelline all offer foundations and tinted moisturizers that include SPF 15 or 30. The next time you go out to refresh your supply, check the label of your brand to make sure it includes some SPF protection.
Too much scrubbing: Let your foaming cleansers and gentle exfoliates do the work to remove layers of oil and dead cells on the surface of your skin; vigorously rubbing your face dry on top of that will only irritate your skin further. After washing your face in the morning and evening, take a soft hand towel and gently pat your face dry before moving on to your next step.
Pimple Popping: We all get them and they’re usually unsightly. However tempting they may be to pop, as long as they remain under the skin use a cleanser to work them away over a few days rather than try to push them out with your fingers. Irritating a blemish by pinching or rubbing forces more blood into the area and will more likely make the mark swell and redden than make it go away!
Tugging your eyelids: Many women will tug their eyelids taught to apply their eyeliner more smoothly. Pulling at the corner of your eye day after day only creases it more quickly however, and contributes to crows’ feet and wrinkling. To get the same smooth application without having to tug, use liquid eyeliner or sharpen the tip of your eyeliner pencil more frequently. For a smooth look, try Neutrogena’s automatic eyeliner pencils that include both sharpener and smudger.
Washing your face…but not your pillowcase: Washing your face before bed goes without saying, but go the extra mile by changing your pillowcase once a week. Even with a rigorous nightly cleansing routine, weeks of sleeping on the same pillowcase will nullify your efforts. Launder frequently for the good of your skin!
Forgetting to clean your makeup brushes: Bacteria that contribute to clogged pores and acne would love the chance to grow on your makeup brushes—don’t let them! Use warm water and a gentle soap or baby shampoo to clean your brushes after every use (this is especially important for liquid makeup brushes).
An uncontrollable sweet tooth: The biggest word in the mouths of dermatologists right now is “glycation.” Glycation occurs when the excess sugar in your blood binds to collagen proteins in your skin cells and can make the skin stiffer and inflexible, contributing to premature aging. Chocolate bars and candy aren’t the only culprits here, either; simple carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, potatoes and rice that break down very quickly into sugar can bring on blood sugar spikes that lead to glycation.
Have any skincare tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!