Most of us have a skincare routine that we stick to out of habit… but what if you are repeating the wrong steps?
Here are 5 of the top skincare mistakes we are all guilty of:
1. Washing your face too many times: Most people are under the impression that cleansing your face more often can lead to a clearer and healthier complexion. But too much of a good thing can end up being bad. In fact, the black substance in blackheads has nothing to do with dirt and is simply a pore clogged with a bit of oil that’s open to the air – oxidation turns it black. While washing your face a couple of times a day may help loosen blackheads and unclog your pores, you should not do it too often.
Excessive cleansing is likely to irritate and dry your skin. Try ést.lab’s Facial Cleansing Wipesas a first-step to remove all traces of make-up, followed by a mild cleanser such as ést.lab’s ActivCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk to clear the excess sebum build-up on your skin.
2. Overusing scrubs:
If you have acne-prone skin, you may tend to be overzealous when it comes to scrubs. However, when you over-exfoliate your skin, you can increase the shedding of skin cells, which can accumulate within pores, leading to blackheads and triggering breakouts. It can also exacerbates underlying acne. Instead, use a gentle plant-based exfoliant like ést.lab LumiWhite Exfoliating Scrub twice a week while avoiding the skin near your eyes. Take caution that over time, rubbing and scrubbing too hard can lead to wrinkles, especially on the delicate skin around your eyes.
3. Turning up the temperature: If your skin appears red following your bath or shower, your water is too hot. Your pores are not designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Bathing in high temperature dries out your skin, making it increasingly prone to irritation not just from the water itself, but also the products you apply after. Do try to go for a lukewarm shower instead, and try a cool-water rinse after you have removed all the makeup residue. It helps tighten the appearance of pores and makes you feel really refreshed in our crazy hot climate! Even superman needs to cool off in our heat…
Lather on ést.lab’s ActivCalm Skin Calming Lotion Essence to soothe and prep your skin to boost the efficacy of your serum and moisturiser.
4. Not adapting your skincare routine to your age: Without a doubt, your skin will change as it ages. In our teens, most of us have to battle congested pores and occasional breakouts. By our mid twenties, we usually start to notice those early subtle signs of ageing skin. Fine lines we see in our twenties become more pronounced in our thirties. By our forties, there will be increased dryness, pigmentation spots and loss of skin elasticity and firmness. But this is also when our skin starts to reap the long-term benefits of a proper sunscreen protection. A good sunscreen can provide excellent barriers to the formation of fine lines, age spots, wrinkles and lacklustre skin tone. To protect your skin from that tragic irreversible UV damage, don’t forget to apply ést.lab’s SunShield SPF 50 daily.
5. Not incorporating facials into a routine: A good facial helps to clear congested pores, remove dead cells, slow down onset of fine lines, replenish moisture and even help reduce the impact of sun exposure, smoking and other environmental factors as well as incorrect product use. That is not all! A good facial massage also helps to relax facial muscles, increase blood circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness, and boost skin cell renewal. Most importantly, facials can help reduce stress.
After an absolutely enjoyable facial treatment, you will feel relaxed, pampered, rejuvenated and your skin will feel simply amazing!
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