I kind of overdo it on things. All things. It’s how I roll. 1 shot of espresso, pshh—no, I’ll have 4 please. A few cookies, it’s cool—I’ll eat the whole dozen (when no one is looking of course). I overschedule and overdo. If a little is good a lot must be better, right?
This philosophy has gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion. Most recently with exfoliating.
I wrote a Facebook post recently on how I was off sugar…again. Sugar was wreaking havoc on my skin and caused some dry flaky patches. “No problem,” I thought, “I’ll just use one of my nifty facial recipes and exfoliate.” As I naturally do, I overdid it and made the dry patches worse!
Why? Because I exfoliated twice a day for a week. I know better, but sometimes my crazy ways just get the best of me. But I bet you didn’t know that you should NOT exfoliate every day. I’d be willing to bet some of you have it in your daily routine because let’s face it, we all do some things in our beauty routines that are less than beneficial for our skin.
Let’s go over 3 beauty habits you should break for happier, healthier skin.
We all love how great our skin feels after we exfoliate. Exfoliating our skin is essential to maintaining that goddess glow because as our skin matures, our cell turnover rate decelerates. Really though, we should only exfoliate once, maybe twice a week. The reason is, while exfoliating removes dead skin cells it can also remove oils from your skin which are essential to its moisture. Over-exfoliating or using products that are harsh on your skin can cause irritation and dryness, especially if your skin is on the oily side. It may actually accelerate the aging process.
Instead use gentle products, and exfoliate once or twice a week. If you’re having a hard time determining what you should use to exfoliate, remember to KISS—Keep It Simple, Sister!
Use a wash cloth. Yes, a wash cloth! A wash cloth and a cleanser are all you need twice a week. You could also use a skincare brush every other night. Gentle circular motions are the key with both of these options. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
2. Washing your face in the morning
What? I must be crazy.
I’m not. Ok, I am. But not in these circumstances.
Wash your face at night. Cleansing your skin at night removes makeup, environmental toxins, and your day off. What did you do while you were sleeping that would make it necessary to wash your face in the morning? Nothing.
Cleansing it in the morning will simply strip your beautiful skin of its natural oils and will stimulate the sebum glands and produce more oil. Your body does some amazing things while you sleep; for your skin specifically, it enhances collagen production, rejuvenates, renews, and restores skin cells, and balances your skin’s pH.
Instead give it a good rinse in the morning, and follow with a hydrating spray (check out the hydrating spray on my products page) and/or a light layer of moisturizer. Allow your skin adequate time to absorb your moisturizer before you apply makeup (7-10 minutes should do it).
3. Using oil-free moisturizers
I have used MANY oil-free moisturizers thinking they would make my oily skin less oily; I, in fact, had a very different experience. My skin not only became more oily but it was still tight and flaky.
Why? Many “oil-free” moisturizers use synthetic esters and waxes instead of plant, animal, or mineral oils that act like oils. These synthetic ingredients are comedogenic (this means they create acne), whereas plant, animal, or mineral oils will not create acne. Secondly, as we get older our sebum glands slow its production. Sebum is the oily substance that coats/protects and waterproofs our skin and hair. In turn, our skin loses its capability to retain moisture. Less sebum = drier skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Give your poor skin the oil it lacks! If you are worried about your skin being shiny—stop. Introducing oil to oily skin can slow down oil production because your sebum glands are not overstimulated.
If you feel like your skin is a bit oily after you have allowed your moisturizer to absorb, you probably applied too much. Simply blot your skin with a tissue. Also be sure to eat a healthy diet that includes good oils such as omega 3, 6, and 9, all of which are good for your skin.
Keep an eye out for my eBook, Hidden Beauty Products for great and convenient skincare ideas you can do from home!