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Beauty boo-boos that age you

  • Published at 06:56 pm January 22nd, 2019
AT - January 2019
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When it comes to caring for your skin, being diligent is extremely important. Certain skin care habits, or lack thereof, could potentially make you look older than you really are. Regardless of your age, there are a lot of skin care slip-ups you have likely succumbed to that are wreaking havoc on your skin. 

The good news is, a consistent skin care routine doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. Here, we outline a few common skin care mistakes to avoid as well as tips for what to do instead. Keep reading to find out what you can do.

Not washing makeup off

You may believe it's no major ordeal to fall into bed with the day's makeup still on your face; however, this awful habit can clog your skin, causing a dull, dry complexion. As we age, our skin becomes drier and makeup is of no assistance, especially when it is left to sit on the skin for a long time. If you find it really difficult to cleanse your face before going to bed,  keep a pack of face purifying wipes on your bedside table and wipe off your skin before hitting the sack. You’ll definitely notice a difference in the morning and thank yourself in 10 years.

Simple Water Boost Cleansing Wipes

The Simple Water Boost Cleansing Wipes contain micelles to trap makeup and dirt, along with minerals and plant extracts to keep your skin supple and hydrated.

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser

Cleansing is important for removing any skin care product or makeup that you’ve applied during the day, as well as natural skin oils, pollutants, and bacteria that’s accumulated. It also means your skin care products will be able to enter your skin and work more effectively.

You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser to preserve your skin barrier and keep it resistant to dehydration and damage. Cleansers with a high pH, like natural soaps, are very harsh and can leave your skin vulnerable to irritation and infection. Cleansers with a low pH work to maintain optimal skin balance. Another ingredient to avoid is sodium lauryl sulfate, as it’s very harsh. You also don’t need to buy cleansers with fancy, active ingredients. Cleansers aren’t on your skin for very long. Those active ingredients are far more useful in later steps, like when you apply serum.

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

A super gentle cleanser that’s great for your morning wash, this low pH formula gel cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to gently cleanse your skin to its most supple and clear texture. It's also formulated to remove makeup and other oil-based residue with a skin-happy pH of 5. It’s great for sensitive and dry skin, but does the job no matter what your skin type.

Being a sum bunny

We all know the importance of a protecting ourselves from the sun, but it’s still the number one culprit when it comes to aging. UVA rays (the ones that have the greatest negative impact on our skin) can penetrate those thick clouds, and even glass windows, so it’s essential to use sunscreen all year round, whether you’re inside or out. Use a broad-spectrum SPF 40 to 50 every day, reapply every two hours when in the sun, and don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm containing SPF too.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

Lightweight and quick-absorbing, you can count on it for full protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget that reapplying is just as important as wearing it in the first place –keep one of these in your purse! (And no, the SPF in your makeup is not enough to count as a reapplication!)

Pulling or tugging at the skin

Treating your skin too aggressively can have negative and permanent consequences. You really want to be as gentle as possible with your skin. Too much rubbing, tugging or pulling can challenge the elasticity of your skin, leading to sagging and the appearance of fine lines. Remove your makeup gently with cotton balls and massage gingerly to avoid harming your fragile protective skin barrier.

Pat, don’t rub on your anti-aging serums

Serums generally contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than a moisturizer. The best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids and vitamin C. Apart from increasing collagen in your skin, they also act as antioxidants to soak up the biological and environmental oxidative stress that builds up to cause aging.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop is a serum to rejuvenate the skin. It contains concentrated pure vitamin C and key ingredients directly from nature. Its innovative multi-solution and non-irritating formula to revitalize, maintain, and transform the skin.

Not using an exfoliator

Exfoliating plays a very important role in our skincare regime. By scrubbing off dead skin cells, we are keeping pores clear and skin smooth. Removing cell build up helps your skin properly absorb moisturizer, which in turn, keeps fine lines and dehydration at bay - all vital to prevent premature aging of the skin.

Use a physical or chemical exfoliant

As you age, your skin slows down replenishing itself. Dead skin cells aren’t replaced by fresh cells as quickly, which means your skin starts to look dull and uneven, and may even crack. Exfoliants are a great way to help get dead cells off your skin.

There are two main categories of exfoliants - physical and chemical. It’s best to avoid harsh physical exfoliants, such as sugar scrubs and cleansers with beads, because they make your skin more susceptible to sagging. Chemical exfoliants gradually dissolve the bonds between skin cells and allow them to detach. They’re also suitable for skin of any age. The best exfoliants for maturing skin are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like mandelic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid. 

Bonus tip: AHAs are also great for fading uneven pigmentation, and will help hydrate your skin as well! 

By Wishtrend Mandelic 5% Skin Prep Water

The By Wishtrend Mandelic 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and non-irritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Formulated with mandelic acid, it acts as an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Look for moisturizers that contain water binding humectants that help retain hydration, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid. One of the biggest reasons for fine lines is inadequate skin hydration, but luckily it’s easy to fix with a good moisturizer.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask

This lightweight overnight mask is packed with a heavy dose of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to slow down cell aging. The unique pudding-like texture also known as "shape memory cream" clings to the skin, creating an even surface that immediately absorbs upon application. Also included in the formula are niacinamide to brighten skin and the maximum limit allowed in a formula of wrinkle-fighting adenosine that aids in skin regeneration.