6 Things You Could Be Doing to Damage Your Skin

You always take care of your skin. You wear moisturizer, you wash off your make-up, you wear sunscreen – all things that contribute to the natural glow and beauty of your skin. There are other things, however, that you could be doing to damage your skin without even knowing it. Here are six of the common culprits in skin-damaging routines that you should avoid.

6 Things You Could Be Doing to Damage Your Skin

1. Piling On Your Skincare Routine

When you have multiple steps in your skincare routine, rushing through it can do more damage than good. When you layer on your toner, serum, moisturizer, etc, one right after the other, all of the active ingredients are blending together, and you’re minimizing each product’s benefits. In order for your skin to truly profit from your routine, allow time in between for each one to be absorbed. For optimal skin health, allow two to three minutes between each application.

2. Not Washing Your Hands Between Layers

It’s wonderful that you’re waiting between layers and letting your skin absorb each application – but if you’re not washing your hands in between, you may be doing another no-no. In between applications, you’re probably playing on your phone or computer, or doing some last minute chore, and getting all kinds of grime and germs on your fingers. Washing your hands before will help you to keep your face clean and looking its best.

3. Using Your Clarisonic on the First Cleanse

After a long day, you probably just want to get all that make-up off and go to bed, but don’t sacrifice your skin for the sake of time. You may feel like you can remove all of your make-up with your device, but in fact, you’re really just pushing trace amounts of your make-up deeper into your pores. Use your hands first with a gentle cleanser, and then go at it with your device on round two. Your skin will thank you.

4. Over-Exfoliating

Your face probably feels nice and squeaky clean after you exfoliate, which is why a lot of people overdo it. Going too crazy with peels, scrubs, acids and tools can damage your skin’s outer barrier, leaving it susceptible to dryness and irritation. Another thing to remember is that exfoliation doesn’t work on zits. In fact, if you have breakouts, it’s best to stay away from exfoliation completely. It could break the skin and cause the breakout to spread.

5. Washing Your Face Before Your Hair

You might think that the order in which you wash yourself is being a little nit-picky, but hear it out. If you cleanse your face before you wash your hair, your skin is an open target for runoff from shampoo and conditioner. The problem with this is that many hair products contain isopropyl myristate, a synthetic oil that clogs pores. Avoid this by washing your hair first.

6. Only Treating Acne with Acne-Fighting Agents

If you have acne, you know the drill. It’s tempting to stay with ingredients that are going to keep your skin dry – salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and others. It’s important to also mix some moisturizers into your routine. Natural products like aloe vera, oatmeal and vitamin C are all great tools at your disposal, containing antioxidants that will calm inflammation and help your skin to heal.

You do so much work to attain that beautiful glow – don’t damage your skin with these easily avoidable beauty mistakes.

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