5 Surprising Things That Could Be Giving You Bad Skin
We can all agree that following age-old complexion commandments like drinking more water and always cleansing before bedtime are great base-line skin saviours. But what about the other things we do to our skin, without even thinking, that are compromising our complexion? We spoke to Karen Strachan and asked her to narrow down the five skin mistakes you might not know you’re making. It’s time to get clear on clear skin.
1. Exercising with makeup on
It’s no secret that with exercise comes sweat. A lot of sweat. While you’re doing your body a myriad of favours, it could be at the peril of your skin if you don’t prep. “When we sweat, our pores soften and open slightly, allowing grime and makeup to settle,” says Karen. “It creates the perfect environment for blackheads and bacteria to thrive.” It all sounds pretty horrendous, but it is entirely avoidable. Sweat-induced blackheads can be prevented by a gentle cleanse prior to your workout. If you must wear makeup, try to choose a non-comedogenic product such as mineral powder that won’t clog pores. Karen also suggests cleansing post-workout to remove impurities excreted by the skin.
2. Not wearing the correct sunscreen
It’s very easy to convince ourselves that slapping on SPF-infused skincare and makeup is going to protect us from harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, in the same way a good lathering of straight SPF would. But, unfortunately, it can have us resting on our laurels when it comes to the one skin saving step we should all be taking, every day. “So often I hear ‘My foundation and moisturiser has SPF so that’s fine, right?’ Wrong,” says karen. Most foundations contain very minimal sun protection and it is rarely broad-spectrum protection. Moisturisers with SPF are often only good at one job; moisturising or protecting from UV . Instead, Karen suggests applying a broad spectrum SPF such as Actinica made by Galderma over your moisturiser and under your foundation to ensure skin is not only protected from sun damage, but also well hydrated. This sunscreen is best for when you exercise and sweat or are swimming at the beach, as they tend to last longer on the skin.
3. Eating too much sugar.
It’s no big shock that sugar is no friend to our health, but it’s also causing havoc on our skin. “Eating a diet high in sugar causes insulin levels to spike,” warns Karen. “[This creates] a lot of inflammation in the body, breaking down collagen and elastin.” You know, those nifty little things that keep our skin young and wrinkle-free. “Sugar attaches itself to proteins resulting in glycation or damaged collagen proteins,” she says. “Lines and wrinkles are the end point of this reaction to high sugar consumption.” Instead, eat a diet high in good fats.
4. Fake tanning your face
Opting for a faux tan on your face obviously wins over getting bronze-faced from a day in the sun without protection. But, it’s still causing your skin some damage (albeit not life-threatening). “[Facial tanners] often cause blackheads by turning any skin cells trapped in your pores brown. These can sometimes lead to breakouts,” says Karen. “When applying fake tan or having a spray tan to the body, stop the application at the jawline and use a bronzer on the face to blend in the colour.” However, she says if you must fake tan your face, invest in a quality facial exfoliant such as Dr Natasha Cooks Concentrated Clarifier or Lumi Vitamin A Repair that will gently loosen and breakdown blockages in the pores. Also, apply a moisturiser first to create an extra barrier of protection.
5. Choosing your skincare based on friends recommendations
Don’t worry, we’ve all been guilty of coveting the complexion of a girlfriend or family member and demanding to know their skincare repertoire to immediately replicate. But, what works for one person’s skin is not necessarily the best option for your skin. “Too often when we ask clients with breakouts, dryness and skin sensitivity what they are using, it is something recommended to them – unfortunately not by a skin therapist,” says Karen. “Undesirable changes can happen if skincare is not used properly or as professionally prescribed for individual needs.” She recommends always seeking expert advice before starting a new skincare routine, to protect your skin and to save you from wasting money. Just remember not every product your friend uses is appropriate for your skin.
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