When you’re young, your devil-may-care attitude may sometimes extend to the way you take care of your skin—if you’re looking after it at all. It’s only a matter of time before your inefficient beauty habits catch up with you in the worst possible ways, like looking tired and fatigued when you get older. Here are five beauty mistakes to curb ASAP to ensure your skin stays fresh even as you grow older:
1. Not removing your makeup before you sleep
We know there’s nothing more inviting than your bed after some intense partying (or, more realistically, an all-nighter at the office), but every night you leave your makeup on when you sleep is an invitation to clogged pores, breakouts, dark spots, and dry and dehydrated skin.
If double-cleansing with an oil cleanser and a foaming facial wash is too taxing, keep a basket of oil-based cleansing wipes, cotton pads, toner, and moisturizer at your bedside. Oil is the only way to remove oil-based products like foundation and sunscreen, while the toner can wipe away dirt and other residue.
2. Skipping the sunscreen
Sun damage may not manifest right away, but with frequent unprotected sun exposure, you’re working yourself up to a host of skin problems that include dark spots and discoloration, loss of elasticity and sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and the increased likelihood of developing skin cancer. Even staying indoors isn’t reason enough to not use sunscreen, since UV rays may still penetrate glass.
As such, it’s very important to make sunscreen a fixed step in your routine. You’ll want sunscreen that has both an SPF and a PA rating—SPF shields you from sunburn-causing UVB rays, while PA protects against wrinkle-inducing UVA rays. Be generous when applying and make sure that every point on your face, including your ears and neck, is thoroughly covered. Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before stepping out, reapply every two hours, and try to avoid the sun between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And don’t let gloomy, overcast days lower your guard down—UV rays can penetrate clouds!
3. Underestimating the value of beauty supplements
If you’ve established a proper skincare routine at an early age and continue to maintain it as you grow older, good for you! But you need to remember that while your skin could benefit from topical treatments, your body might benefit even more if you introduce nutritional supplements into your system. You also need to maintain a proper diet and exercise to really make sure that your skin will look fresh in the long run.
When you look for products and supplements to add to your beauty routine, make sure they have ingredients that can help keep your skin looking fresh. While there are a lot of supplements in the market, an ingredient worth looking out for is astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, which is a pigment found in plants that act as antioxidants and, when ingested, can help improve skin elasticity and help fight fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Foregoing eye cream
Eye cream is something you can never be too young to use, especially since it’s easier to prevent fine lines and crow’s feet than to “correct” them. Applying eye cream to keep your eye area moisturized literally just takes seconds to accomplish, and yet you’ll continue to reap the effects of your investment years down the road. After all, the skin around the eyes is one of the most delicate in your body, so signs of wear and tear may pop up earlier than expected. As such, you need to be extra gentle with it—don’t scrub off eye makeup with too much force; apply eye cream using your ring finger and with light, tapping movements; and avoid unnecessary pulling and tugging.
5. Not moisturizing enough
When you live in a tropical country, it may be tempting to scrimp on moisturizer. After all, your skin seems to produce enough oil on its own—and you don’t need to add to that by loading up on moisturizer, right? Wrong! If your skin is overproducing oil and you find yourself looking greasy by midday, that’s actually your body’s way of compensating for the lack of moisture. Too much oil makes you prone to clogged pores and pimples, while dry skin, over time, can lead to deep wrinkles.
To combat this, make sure that your skin is both hydrated and moisturized. Dehydrated skin suffers from loss of water, so you want to address that with layers of hydrating toner. Meanwhile, dry skin is caused by a lack of oil, but you can address this with moisturizer. It smoothens the surface of your skin and seals in the hydrating layers you applied before, so that skin stays soft and supple. If a cream formula is too much for you, a gel-based moisturizer works just as well, with less of the heavy feel.
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