Have you ever had that feeling of going to bed with your makeup on because you are very tired? or that feeling of not applying a moisturiser because the weather is hot and you have oily skin? Well, you are not alone, I also have that feeling. The truth, however, is that this tiny, insignificant excuse might be the reason why pimples will not let you rest.
Here are some of the most common skincare mistakes that you make with your skin and what you can do to stop making them and start taking care of the skin you’re in!
Not Washing Your Hands First
A lot of us skip this step and dive into washing our face with germy hands. If you live in Nigeria (Lagos to be precise) you will agree with me that your hands touch everything that can’t be trusted. From Danfo buses to Keke Napep to even opening the doors of your offices; everything is covered with dirt, bacteria and oils which can easily get transferred to your face. So it’s very important for you to scrub your hands properly before you start on your face. Keeping a small jar of hand wash and sanitiser is a good way to ensure that your hands are always free from germs.
Not Moisturising Your Oily Skin
If you have oily skin or combination skin like mine, (someone said all bloggers in Nigeria have oily skin, How true is that?) you may think that applying moisturiser will just add to the problem. The truth, however, is that when your skin is oily but it senses that you are drying it up so to keep itself moisturised, it actually produces more oil to protect itself which can lead to blemishes and excess oil. Look for an oil-free or mattifying moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and balanced. You can also opt for coconut oil (that’s what I use).
Not Using a Spatula To Dig Into Your Moisturiser
If you are using a moisturiser in the cup form then you should use a spatula or a Q-tip to scoop out the cream onto your hands. Constantly digging your hands which might not be free from germs into the moisturiser, could lead to breakout because our hands are natural carriers of germs that could be transferred to the moisturiser. (You never knew that right?)
Not Washing Your Pillowcase
While you sleep, your pillowcase accumulates dirt, oil and residue from your face and hair, and all these gets all up in your skin pores. Make sure to cleanse your face before you hit the sheets. And, change or wash your pillowcase at least once a week. I also recommend that you opt for satin pillowcases because they don’t absorb so much dirt and oils.
Scrubbing… a lot!
I know we have been told by several skin experts that it’s good to exfoliate your skin because it helps increase blood circulation, gets rid of all the dead skin cells and makes your skin look fresh and radiant. However, the problem starts when you start over exfoliating. The thing is, your skin cells take a certain amount of time to regenerate, which is why using harsh chemical scrubs or exfoliating too often, actually does more harm to our skin than good. Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation and breakouts! So don’t overdo the exfoliating thingy and if you must, make use of organic exfoliators.
Not drinking enough water
Water is the solution to half your problems and I’m not exaggerating about it! It flushes out the toxins from your body and keeps acne at bay. Instead of buying that bottle of soft drink why not drink water. The more water you drink, the more glow your skin will get. It’s that simple. I read somewhere that the caffeine that all of these soft drinks contain is not healthy for our skin.
Sleeping With Your Makeup On
Babe, I totally understand that sometimes you could be so tired that the only thing on your mind at that moment is to fall on your bed and sleep. At that point, cleaning any damn makeup is the last thing on your mind, but do you know that every time you leave that makeup on until the next day is actually harmful to your skin? You are not doing your face any good by leaving even the smallest residue of makeup on your face overnight. Your face needs to breathe in clean air so the best thing to do is to keep a makeup remover close to your bed size. Even if you can’t wash off with water and soap, you can at least take off all the mask with a cleanser so your skin can breathe.We all make mistakes or have slip-ups when it comes to skincare, but your skin is with you all your life, so you might as well treat it right.
Practising a good skincare routine will ensure that your skin is as beautiful as it can be and can be the boost you need for your self-confidence to blossom.