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Skin tips on what not to do

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

In the evolving world of skincare, it can be a little overwhelming on how to take care of the skin. Overcomplicating a routine with 25 steps is unnecessary, and less is more. The skin is affected by many factors and lifestyle choices, and this needs to be taken into account when treating the skin. Below are some dos and don'ts on how to take care of your skin.

Skincare Routine

Product application is essential in receiving maximum benefits from skincare. Follow the rule of thinnest to thickest when applying products to the skin. A serum should be applied first, as the molecule size is smaller compared to oil and moisturiser. Using oil before a serum will cancel out the benefits of the serum.

What About Eye Cream?!

Apply eye creams around the orbital bone using your ring finger with light pressure, and you only need the size of a grain of rice for both eyes. Less is more when it comes to those pretty eyes. Apply eye cream after serum (most serums have a low molecular weight and can be used around the eyes but be careful with acids and actives) and avoid oils and heavy moisturisers near the eye area. Oils and moisturisers are generally too heavy and not formulated for use around the delicate eye area. Using too many incorrect products near the eyes can lead to puffiness and congestion.

Working Together

It's essential to use products that complement each other. For example, a Vitamin C serum in the form of L-ascorbic acid does not work well alongside serums containing Niacinamide. Niacinamide can affect the ph of L-ascorbic acid, causing it to be less effective. Use Vitamin C in the day and Niacinamide at night alongside vitamin As.

Keep It Simple

Try not to overcomplicate a routine and load up on too many actives; this can lead to irritation and sensitivity. Like I said before, less is more. Avoid following skincare trends, stick with cosmeceutical grade products backed by science, leading to long term change in the skin's health. Invest wisely.

Shower Time

Cleansing is the first step of any skincare routine but please avoid it in the shower; you may be saving time but, the temperature is far too hot and also the pressure isn't doing the skin any favours. Cleanse the face after you've showered and use cool to lukewarm water( I use colder water ). In general, try a reduce those hot showers, it can lead to skin irritation and broken capillaries.