Having a skincare routine specifically tailored to your needs takes a lot of work, patience, and trials. It’s a constant journey of understanding your skin and practising habits to maintain its glow. And while social media (thanks, TikTok!) has helped us nail the skincare game, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.
Some techniques circulating over the internet only ended up becoming a blunder. But that’s okay – as we’ve said earlier, skincare routines require a lot of trial and error.
And if you’ve fallen into any of these beauty blunders, we’re here to help you break free from them. Ahead, we listed some beauty mistakes and why you need to let go of them this 2023.
Beauty Blunder #1: Over-exfoliating your skin.
Exfoliating is good for your skin, yes. It removes the dead skin cells atop your skin, making it look dull and dry. It can also help with ageing as a good exfoliator tricks your skin into producing newer, younger cells. However, going overboard with it can only do your skin more harm than good. Over-exfoliating can weaken your skin barrier, cause irritation, and strip your skin of natural oils. This can make your skin dry, tight, or flaky, which is exactly what you don’t want.
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Beauty Blunder #2: Using the wrong ingredients.
We all have different skin types, meaning we all need different skincare ingredients. Skincare products are not one-size-fits-all – what worked for your favourite celebrity may not work for you. Before applying anything to your skin, you must first know what is in it. Double-check the label and do thorough research on the ingredients in it. This way, you can choose products that specifically work for your skin type, whether oily, dry, or combination.
Beauty Blunder #3: Applying skincare in the wrong order.
How you apply your skincare products is just as important as what you use. Believe it or not, there is a proper order in applying your skincare: going from the thinnest to the thickest. Layering products, starting from the lightest to heaviest consistency, allows you to get the most out of your routine. This way, all the products can really penetrate your skin, and you reap all the benefits. That said, always apply your serums and spot treatments before your moisturiser since they are lighter and thinner.
Beauty Blunder #4: Sleeping on cotton pillowcases.
You might think your pillowcases don’t matter as long as you get enough sleep. True enough, beauty rest is essential, but so does the material of your pillowcases. Sleeping on cotton pillowcases causes trauma to your skin barrier, which breaks down collagen and causes wrinkles. This kind of fabric also causes more friction, which can irritate your skin and hair. It’s better to use silk sheets and pillowcases since they are softer and gentler for your skin and hair. They also reduce friction and retain moisture in your skin as you sleep!
Beauty Blunder #5: Not having a nighttime routine.
A daytime skincare routine helps prep your skin for the day and protects it from the sun. However, using the same products at night is not a good thing. At night, your skin works on repairing any damage and rejuvenating your skin cells. Having a nighttime routine will help assist your skin in this process. Bonus perk: no more dull morning face since your skin has done all the great work as you sleep!