— even thousands of dollars per year perfecting their skincare regimen. Contrary to common perception, the most troubling part of that statistic isn't necessarily a steep credit card statement, but rather a rampant case of product misuse. Rather than spending excessive amounts of money on high-end beauty products, you can accomplish great results as long you follow the proper steps.
1. CHOOSING THE WRONG CLEANSER: This is one of biggest facial faux pas. Obviously, if you have oily skin you shouldn't be cleansing your skin with products designed for people with dry skin. Just as well, women with dry skin shouldn't use cleansers tailored for oily skin. However, many women across the board are making some not-so-obvious mistakes, like using cleansers with too many harsh chemicals. If, for example, you're experiencing adult acne, despite having normal hormone levels, check the list of ingredients on your cleanser. Some pore-purging chemicals might be the main constituents, such as salicylic acid. While salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can excite miracles for some, it can potentially worsen existing acne conditions for sensitive skin types.
TIP: Ask for samples of cleansing products next time you are at the beauty counter or dermatologist. That way, you aren't financially committing to any one product, and can feel out the right product for your skin. Secondly, take note of how your skin feels after you use your cleansing product. Does you face feel tight, like you just got a face lift? Chances are your cleanser is too strong.
2. UNDER-WASHING & OVER-WASHING: Another pertinent issue women face is when to wash. Although this topic is subject for debate, I think it's important to wash your face both morning and night. While some authorities encourage women to skip the morning facial cleanse, I am adamant that women should rid their complexion of toxins and other build ups that occur during the hours you snooze. To prevent skin over-drying, never forget to follow your cleansing routine with a good moisturizer.
TIP: Add a facial scrub to your routine, but limit usage to 1-2 times per week. If you over-scrub or exceed recommended amounts, you might create tiny skin abrasions, allowing sneaky bacteria and dirt to fall through the cracks. Instead, the goal is to gently slough off dead skin.
3. GYM ROUTINE: No, we aren't talking reps here. However, when it comes to working out, your face should be makeup free. Sometimes we are lazy, and don't fully remove our makeup prior to working out. However, this one of the most common mistakes I see.
4. BEAUTY SLEEP: They should really be calling it beauty sleep because for a lot of women, these are the only makeup-free hours of the day. While this is true, one of the worst things a woman can do is wear makeup while she sleeps. Some, however, do this unknowingly. While many women think simply cleansing will remove the makeup, it often fails to remove every last stitch. For me, I like to use a makeup remover or facial wipes prior to cleansing to guarantee a fresh face for my pillow.
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