09 May Bad Beauty Habits You Need To Stop NOW!

Are you a sucker for pretty packaging? Or guilty of ditching cleanser for make-up wipes because you just can’t be bothered?

These are just a couple of habits you need to change in 2017 in order to have better, brighter, healthier skin.

1.Don’t buy products because of pretty packaging.

Having a fondness for pretty packaging seems harmless enough, but when it comes to purchasing skin care you should be making an informed decision based on the quality of ingredients and how well they will work for your skin. I hate to tell you that many of the ‘luxury’ skin care brands spend way more money on their packaging than the actual product inside. They are also notorious for being laden with fragrances and other chemical nasties. So while you may end up with a beautiful bottle and a designer name, what’s inside is often crap!

Most of the best skin care brands choose to invest their money in science and research to bring you amazing products rather than putting their dollars into fancy packaging. Consequently, often the best skin care is in the simpler packaging.

By purchasing a skin care product based on the packaging and designer label alone, you could be overlooking all the other fantastic high performance skin care options in simpler packaging available on the market.

When looking to buy new skin care do your research, ask around, read reviews and see what great products people are talking about.

The bottom line is if you need pretty bottles on your bathroom shelf, keep it strictly to perfume and not skincare.

2. Don’t use make-up wipes only.

So many women are guilty of solely relying on make-up wipes to remove their make-up. Sure, make-up wipes are a quick fix if you really don’t have time to cleanse properly, but doing it on an everyday basis will cause you all sorts of skin problems.

Make-up wipes leave a significant amount of residue on the skin and in most cases this residue is loaded with alcohol and other harsh ingredients that you shouldn’t leave on your skin for a long period of time. If you use a wipe to remove your make-up and then go to bed, you’re probably coating your skin in sensitizing and irritating ingredients and leaving it on all night. Over time you will become more prone to rashes, break outs, uneven skin tone, blocked pores, broken capillaries and redness.

If you do use a wipe to remove your make-up, at the very least you should rinse off the residue before you apply your skin care and go to bed. My opinion is that the residue from make-up wipes needs to be cleansed off, so I prefer to just cleanse in the first place.

Of course some make-up wipes do contain all natural, gentle ingredients that won’t cause a problem. But from my experience the majority of wipes do contain nasties you wouldn’t want on your skin for a lengthy period of time.

The correct way to use wipes is intermittent use. For example- if you really don’t have the time to cleanse, if you’re away for the night and don’t have your usual skin care with you, or to remove your eye make-up before you cleanse. And better still if the wipes you use are all natural or organic. The next habit you need to break is overusing cosmetics.

3. Quality not quantity.

If you listen to what marketers tell you, you will need all of this each day-

cleanser, toner, exfoliant, day cream, night cream, eye cream, night serum, day serum, sunscreen for the face, primer, eye primer, pore minimiser, colour corrector, mask.

When what you really need looks more like this-

Cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliant, sunscreen.

Using too much skin care is asking for trouble. Smothering your skin in a myriad of lotions and potions and god knows how many different ingredients can irritate and over sensitize the skin. Adverse affects of using too many products won’t necessarily show up overnight either, it can take weeks, months or years but eventually it can lead to collagen breakdown, dermatitis, rashes, breakouts, acne and other auto-immune responses. The very opposite of what you were trying to achieve by using all these products in the first place!

This year you need to ‘simplify’. And not only is simplifying better for the budget but it’s also better for your skin.

The first step is to find a great cleanser that is gentle on your skin and doesn’t strip the natural oils. This cleanser also needs to effectively remove make-up and everyday grime.

Next you need to find a great moisturizer that you can use both day and night. If you have a specific concern like dryness or ageing you can combine this with a serum at night.

Next you need an exfoliant- preferably without any granules. Gone are the days of using a scrub to slough off dead skin. Now days it’s done more effectively once a fortnight using an exfoliant with gentle fruit acids, enzymes or AHA’s.

As satisfying as it was to get stuck in and give your face a old good scrub, an acid or enzyme exfoliant without any granules is significantly more effective at removing dead skin cells without scratching or irritating the skin.

In my opinion a good acid or enzyme exfoliant is the single most important product in your skin care routine. It’s the only product that will make a real visible improvement to your skin after just one use.

Lastly find a great SPF 50+ sunscreen for the face that doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and wears well with your foundation. If your foundation has sunscreen in it too, great! But always make sure you use a specific sunscreen too, don’t just rely on your foundation being enough.

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