5 Skincare Mistakes I Didn't Know I Was Making12:00 AM
I've only just started learning about skincare and makeup (yes, I'm a late bloomer). During my board review, my break time from reading books was spent reading articles on anti-aging and pore-refining. Not only did I grasp the concept of glomerulotubular balance vs. tubuloglomerular feedback; I finally understood what my mom meant when she would say she was beginning her "nightly ceremony." As I browsed through countless articles (Flipboard is such an enabler), I realized I wasn't doing enough to protect my skin from nature's onslaught -- and many of things I was doing, I was doing wrong. Here are some of the mistakes I didn't know I was making.
Banishing an oily face with powder instead of oil control filmYou know when in the middle of the day, you spot yourself in the mirror and eww you're quite shiny? I used to reach for my In2It Oil Control and Oil-Free 2-way Powder Foundation to cover those oily spots. Now I know that I should use blotting film to remove the oil. Piling on powder will just make my face look cakey. I like using Clean & Clear Oil Control Film because it gives me a semi-matte/dewy finish, and often I don't even need to retouch with powder!
Using a moisturizer with SPF at nightI used to use Khiel's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, a gift from Frances and Faith, at night. I would actually skip moisturizer in the morning and just apply it before bed. Big mistake! Using SPF at night can lead to clogged pores. The reason there are separate moisturizers for day time and night time is because our skin needs sun protection in the day, while at night moisture is key, especially if we sleep with airconditioning on. Now I use Khiel's in the morning (when I remember, hehe) and at night -- depending on how much moisture I need or if I'm breaking out -- Pond's Flawless White Ultra Luminous Serum, Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream, or Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil.
Applying eye cream before applying moisturizerThe ingredients in moisturizers can inactivate the active "age-defying" ingredients in eye cream. So it's better to apply moisturizer first, give it a few minutes to sink in, and then apply eye cream. I've only tried L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream on a regular basis.
Applying eye cream in the morningI am sooo conscious of my eyebags, I used to apply my L'Oreal Revitalift Eye Cream with Pro-Retinol A in the day time as well as at night! This is a big booboo because retinol sensitizes skin to sunlight, possibly leading to redness and peeling -- the opposite of what I want my eye cream to achieve. (I'm not sure why L'Oreal recommends applying it both in the day and at night.) Overuse can lead to the same, so I use it at only thrice a week.
Ignoring my neck and handsThey say you can tell a woman's age by the appearance of her neck -- saggy or firm. The neck is often missed during the application of makeup and skincare products, leading to ghost face and turkey neck. What goes on our face should also be applied to our neck.
Same deal for hands. My grandmother often recalls how smooth her hands used to be. So use a mild hand soap and don't forget to pamper those paws. You don't have to spring for a fancy hand cream, you can use whatever lotion or even a very thin layer petroleum jelly for your hands.
What skincare mistakes have you been guilty of making?