So, does this mean we don’t need to care for our skin?
Unfortunately for us, we live in an age polluted with contaminants - harmful UV rays, chemicals, dust, dirt and bacteria. These pollutants, together with the hot, dry or cold climates we live in, can produce harsh conditions inside our skin disrupting its function and creating a more disorganized cell-renewal process. This is why we need to cleanse.
Cleansing helps keep our skin’s processes functioning at the optimum level.
Cleansing helps our skin to maintain healthy skin renewal. It removes dirt, impurities and excess oil from the pores, while preparing our skin to absorb treatments and moisture, so it can achieve a healthy moisture balance.
But sometimes, we unknowingly make things difficult for our own skin. Our bad habits might in fact be contributing to our skin concerns like acne, dark spots and wrinkles.
Some of our bad habits could negatively affect the skin’s processes.
What are some of the bad habits to avoid?
Not removing makeup at night
Your skin fights all the foreign bodies clogging up your pores while you sleep. So leaving your makeup on overnight can worsen acne and make your skin dull and dry. This can also accelerate the signs of aging in the skin. So always cleanse your skin before you sleep.
Using expired products
When you use beauty products way past their sell-by date, you might be harming your skin instead of improving it. Expired products might have become contaminated with bacteria or mold. Additionally, when products expire, the active ingredients reduce their efficacy.
Washing your face with body soap
Body soap is not formulated for facial skin care so it can be too harsh for your face. This makes your skin more prone to drying out and, in the long-term, more prone to premature aging. Facial cleansers are gentler on the skin and have the added benefit of providing solutions with specific ingredients for your skin concern.
Read more about why you should cleanse, or find out what you can do to help boost your skin’s natural processes.