Things We Do to Damage Our Skin
This entry was posted on September 8, 2016.
Regardless how much you spend on your skincare, there may be some things you do on a daily basis that can potentially damage your skin in the long term. Here are examples of the top 3 things we have all done (or still do) to our skin that we just need to STOP immediately.
Sleeping in your makeup
Don't tell your beautician, don't tell your best friend or your mum, but admit it to yourself - sometimes you are feeling a just a little bit lazy in the evening. We've all been there. After all, how bad can it be to leave your makeup on?! Well, leaving your makeup on overnight clogs your pores, causing spots and dull complexion. It can also lead to appearance of enlarged pores, and inflammation of the skin that ultimately causes premature ageing. Yes, that bad.
If you are really low on energy, as a minimum try to cleanse your face thoroughly with a non-stripping cleanser and perhaps put on a few drops of high quality facial oil. Cleansing before you go to bed is the single best thing you can do for your skin.
Exfoliating with apricot/ walnut shell scrubs
Exfoliation is hugely beneficial for anyone's skin, regardless of the skin type and condition. Using a suitable exfoliator is an effective method of buffing away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter complexion. However, "suitable" is the key word here because many scrubs in the market contain apricot or walnut shells crushed into tiny pieces.
As much as we love exfoliation, and even though these ingredients are natural, use of such products basically leads to damage your skin as those tiny shell pieces are too abrasive and sharp to exfoliate gently (think using a metal scourer on your face). In essence, what they do is take your top layer of the skin off, which then makes it feel very soft. A very misleading result.
If you love scrubs, try using something that doesn't contain large rough pieces, but rather round particles, would be a better option. Physical exfoliators should be used no more than a couple times a week, preferably not on sensitive skin, and definitely not on any kind of active acne.
Chemical exfoliation is a lot gentler than physical exfoliation, which is why Caliata stocks so many products with AHAs and BHAs. It loosens up the bonds that are holding together the dead skin cells, but it doesn't penetrate through the entire top layer of skin if you're using a concentration suitable for daily use.
Not using SPF....DAILY
One of the best things you can do for your skin is apply SPF before you are exposed to the sun. In South-East Asia climate that means every time you go outside, because regardless where you are in the region, the sun here is plentiful and strong.
Aside from being the main contributor to skin cancer, sun damage is one of the main causes of premature ageing, brown spots and other pigmentation. Any kind of exposure to sun, even if you don't burn easily, causes long-term damage to your skin that is not reversible and doesn't reduce without very strong chemical and laser treatments. To prevent fine lines and wrinkles, always apply a high SPF and reapply throughout the day if you are outside.