5 ways you can be doing more harm to your skin
The chances are that many of us will be trying every trick to beautify and perfect our appearance in hope to achieve better skin. Whether you want to look your best or want to wow your friends, it’s time to think carefully about your skincare regime now so that you’re not caught out!
Here’s a look at some of the potential things that you might be doing wrong in your quest for better looking skin but ultimately may be doing it more harm in the long run.
For some of us, shaving can quickly become a timely and annoying task. The Dermal Institute have estimated that the average man can spend 6 months of his life just shaving his beard. Perhaps the cheapest and fastest way to remove unwanted hair, shaving carries with it a number of potential irritation to your skin. For the first part, chemicals from many shaving products and the razor itself can strip your skin off its natural oils and barriers that protect your skin from harmful bacteria. Shaving with a blunt blade or incorrectly can also lead to razor bumps or itchy ingrown hairs, which can in turn, become inflamed and even infected.
For many, waxing is the most obvious way to remove hair quickly and achieve a smoother looking skin. However, waxing may lead to a number of problems for your body that can affect your comfort and health. For example, a Brazilian wax to the bikini area could increase the risk of infection. Stripping the hairs out of those areas increases the risk that tiny skin tears will get bacteria in them. It can cause surface infections and even deeper cellulitis in some cases. It’s one of the reasons why we recommend Permanent Hair Removal treatment as a less painful option for getting rid of unwanted hair.
3. OVERUSE OF PRODUCTS
We’ve all been there – a breakout of bad acne and you desperately try to get rid of it by plastering your face with all the best acne cream as you can!
Likewise, just as you go out partying, you may be wearing make-up more than usual and as such, need to remove it more regularly with make-up wipes and remover. However, using these products can often strip the skin of valuable natural oils that protects the skin. In some cases, too much usage of a skin product can lead to irritation, clogged pores and even the odd horrible infection.
Whilst natural oils for your skin are much needed, simply using a “natural” product doesn’t necessarily make it good for you. Another natural being used a lot is coconut oil. Using that as a moisturizer in areas like the arms and the legs is usually fine, but using it on the face can clog pores and make acne worse. Mixing too much with other products could also lead to allergic reactions that could do more damage to your skin than good.
4. SCRUBBING ACNE
Likewise, many people may take the approach of washing their face constantly in the hope that it will clear up the acne. In fact, washing or scrubbing your face too often can remove your skin’s natural oils as well! This can leave you with dry and irritated skin that is lacking a protective barrier. Furthermore, if you’re washing too frequently, your body may react by overproducing oil for the skin later on – which can lead to blocked pores and an oily skin. If you’re having an outbreak of acne, see a doctor to help clear up your skin. There are various kinds of prescription creams, and other acne removal treatments that is proven to treat and prevent acne and breakouts.