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Do it right! 4 common mistakes to avoid while caring for your skin

You may be caring too much or too little for your skin! The important thing is to know skincare mistakes that could cause harm.
Care for your skin with the right ways and products. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Ruchita Acharya Published: 28 Apr 2022, 12:48 pm IST
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People, regardless of age and gender, are becoming increasingly aware that beautiful skin is a rare confluence of good greens and other external factors. In short, even if you want good skin, you have to work for it. There are no dearth of choices available for skincare products, but is skincare just putting on the available skin products on our skin? Let’s talk about skincare mistakes.

Even if you think you are a person who doesn’t actively participate in skincare regimes, you are wrong. Even the simple act of washing your face in the morning, counts as a skincare action. But are you doing that wrong as well? Let’s find out about some common skincare mistakes.

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Skincare mistakes can lead to problems! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Skincare mistakes you must avoid

Discussed below are a few of the skincare mistakes people generally make and are less aware of and why you should stop making them.

1. Know your skin well:

The first crucial step to effective skincare is to know your skin and accept it regardless of its flaws. There is no perfect skin, but yes, there is healthy skin. Your skin type could be oily, acne-prone, pigmented or even too dry. Embrace your skin in order to pamper it. This would make you more aware with respect to the products you buy. Often if cosmetics are on sale, you haul into buying them without reading the ingredients. So, being mindful of what your skin needs is very important. This is where people make the mistake of thinking that their skin is just like any other person’s, so everything will suit them. Untrue. Read up about your skin type, and what works and doesn’t work. If possible even consult a dermatologist before rushing into the next cosmetic sale and making your skin an experiment ground. If not for a patch test around your elbows.

2. Too much of anything is poison:

With available options such as exfoliation, scrubbing, dry brushing, face masks, facials, etc, there is no dearth of activities that are present for skincare. What people often forget is to let their skin breathe. Constant activity to the skin may make it too sensitive and even bring reactions to the skin itself. Furthermore, all the benefits of facials and other skincare will go in vain and will further deteriorate the skin. Hence, it is important to note not to over-exfoliate or even over-hydrate. Similarly, using facial steams should be limited to twice-thrice in a week at the most.

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Over-exfoliating your skin can be worrisome. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Getting into the minute details:

Where skincare goes wrong is applying some products like essential oils directly to your skin. Essential oils should never be in direct contact with your skin. It should always be in combination with other ingredients or else they will cause irritation and redness to the skin, and even offset allergic reactions. Using too many wet wipes. With the heat wave on a rise, so does the quantity of wet wipes that we use. We use it to feel refreshed and smell good on a sunny hot day or even to remove makeup. Well, wet wipes should not be replaced with washing your face with a face wash after removing your makeup or even generally to cleanse your face. Wet wipes just remove the dirt superficially, and sometimes even end up clogging them into the skin pores. So, bear it in mind to actually wash your face and not to rely excessively on wet wipes.

Also, your moisturizer is not for your whole body. Realize that the skin around your eyes, your face, your hands, and your feet are not the same. All these skin areas need different attention. For example, your underarm skin doesn’t require the same amount of hydration as your face. So we need to understand what part of the skin needs what, and then decide on the products accordingly.

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Don’t pop your zits! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Lifestyle habits

Certain lifestyle habits need to be changed for good skin care. Skincare isn’t just about applying something always to your skin. For example, sleeping on dirty sheets or surfaces, popping your zits which will leave marks, not reading the ingredients that constitute your products before applying them, taking steaming hot baths, sharing cosmetics and makeup brushes with your kith and kin, treating your skin to excessive spa routines, all these need to be kept in check of.

Your skin has to be taken care of both from the inside and outside. You can put and use as many products on your skin as you want, and go for facials, but without a proper diet and adequate water in your body, your skin will always look dull and will be unhealthy. So for healthy skin, a balanced diet, proper hydration, exercise and mental well being play a crucial part too.

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