There are a number of bad habits that consumers have picked up from social media, or even from inexperienced sales people at beauty counters. We encourage consumers to do their homework, and if you don't have time, that's what we're here for. We've done the research, now just take some notes. These are the worst things you can do to your skin:
1- DIY masks are at the top of the list. Lemon, baking soda, vinegar, etc. Anything acidic is too abrasive and can potentially cause serious issues throwing the skin off balance, disrupting the lipid barrier, sensitizing skin, and making it more prone to breakouts and discoloration.
2- Physical exfoliants are not only unnecessary, but are harmful scratching the skin surface and causing micro abrasions on the lipid barrier.
3- Cleansing brushes are just as damaging as physical exfoliants. Your fingers or a soft wash cloth are perfect to cleanse.
4- Sleeping with your make up on doesn't only clog pores, but is skin-aging as the impurities, dust, and free radicals remain on your face overnight negatively affecting cellular DNA.
5- Stripping the skin with foaming cleansers (those containing SLS), and alcohol-based toners, disrupts your PH and causes the skin to get dryer, unbalanced producing more oils, leading to enlarged pores and pimples for some people.
6- Buying too many products. If you are a clean beauty consumer, you are probably buying products that have gentle preservatives, or non at all. Oils, especially, are fragile and oxidize quickly. So, buy one at a time, use it up before moving to the next one on your list. Your product starts oxidizing as soon as it comes into contact with the air, and it may cause more inflammation and aging in your skin, the opposite of what you set out to do in the first place.
Just remember that your skin is an organ and your body's first defense against the environment. So take care of it, and just be nice - it'll be nice back.
Be safe. Be well. Be beautiful!
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